The poetic embroideries of Célia Bruneau


Célia Bruneau invited us into her home to discover her creative process, in her beautiful bright artist’s flat in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. Célia is an embroiderer, a designer and as she likes to define herself, a real Swiss Army knife. I am very sensitive to her creativity and her poetic embroideries full of colors. It’s your turn to discover her personality and her work!


Hello Celia, could you describe yourself in a few words?

Hello ! My name is Célia, I am an embroiderer, designer and Swiss army knife.

The time we are going through is … special! What is the biggest challenge you have had to face in the past 12 months?

It will seem unlikely, but since January 2020 one of my biggest challenges has been to keep traveling!

I left everything in Paris to go around the world at that time. It was supposed to be punctuated by artistic residencies, but everything was canceled. The craziest thing then was being on the other side of the world and finally doing my own creative residency, getting involved in new projects and working in the unknown.

I have since returned to France and take this time as a real chance, to have time. Time to work and build again in a world that sometimes seems suspended.

What are your upcoming projects for 2021?

To continue to compose my life and my work. Succeed in living only from my creations.

Who are the women who inspire you ? 

My friends, forever!

I don’t really have any current references. My influences are quite vintage. So I look at Instagram like a lot of people, and I particularly like Lexie Smith and her “bread on earth” project, or the universe of Isabella Killoran.

Tell us about your creative process. And how do you feed your inspiration?

The landscapes that I embroider are the interpretation of a moment, of a feeling in front of a place. They are also the result of long observations – real or through photographs that I have taken, in order to see more and more, to be able to multiply the points of view, to disturb the perspectives and each time to represent this place in a different way.

The application of this often begins with pencil drawing for composition and then with gouache paint for color and contrast.

Then I start the embroidery and I improvise! It imposes its measure and breaks with the immediacy of a stroke on paper. It requires more patience and even approaches meditation.

I also feed my imagination with a lot of images. My influences are wide, Georgia O’keeffe, David Hockney, Japanese prints, Nicolas de Staël, choreographers like Martha Graham or Pina Bausch … But I especially like discovering archives iconographies: ancient stones, illustrations from the Middle Age, in Europe as in Asia, cosmos gravure, architectural details, frescoes… It is sometimes the fragment of a piece that can give me an idea and a momentum.

We’re trying to create a more responsible fashion, what is the one thing that would make the general industry better?

That brands would not be looking to become large multinationals?

This is a delicate question. I think a lot of initiatives are taking place and the idea of a more local, ethical and reasonable fashion is slowly emerging. It’s nice! Let us continue in this direction because it is the only sustainable model. Consumers are becoming more and more open and asking for all of this. Then brands should be sincerely involved in all of this, and not for marketing purposes!

So it’s up to the consumer not to be fooled, otherwise we will go around in circles and nothing will change.

What do you like about the brand?

I really like the bright colors, the volumes and the graphic rhythm of the pieces.

The idea of basing your creation on good pieces that are both timeless and original, which evolve and change materials through the years and seasons. And the upcycled pieces obviously.

What are your favorite CORALIE MARABELLE pieces?

The Skin pullover, the high-waisted workwear Billy jeans and the Gala shirt.