Founder-designer Katell keeps
Most recently she has spent time in southern India where the international township of Auroville (near Pondicherry) has welcomed her. There, within the Upasana design Studio a new approach of re-using came to light: “There were all these exquisite little pieces of material (photo of braided top) such as silk, saree borders, brocades, and veils being thrown away as waste…. I just could not let them go. It inspired me to make collections using only small scraps of left over of fabrics.” She occasionally shares her creativity with fashion design students while giving workshops(http://www.upasanadesign.com/events.htm).
Katell works in locations all over the world (France, Holland, Ukraine, India) and thus is open to many influences and mediums. These days she divides her time between Europe and India where she works with the non-governmental organization DASTKAR (http://www.dastkar.org) and its craftsmen in Ranthambore, Rajasthan. . While visiting remote Indian villages and DASTKAR projects, Katell develops products combining western influences with traditional Indian designs, allowing the craftsman to produce goods that would be appealing to both the Indian urban market and western consumers alike.
She has been spending time with the craftsman of Kuch, Gujarat collaborating with the Craft Resources Center (http://www.infochangeindia.org/LivelihoodsIstory.jsp?recordno=4514§ion_idv=8)
to make 2 home accessories collections of punched felt.