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Conversations with the Inspiring Annie Legault

Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Legault.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My experience with Amulette was a very unexpected surprise in my life. I returned to visual arts studies at Concordia University. Last school year, I fell madly in love with the textile department. At the university level, art is treated and explored in a conceptual way, and fiber has guided me to the design path. The utility has become an integral and total part of my artistic process. At the opening of our final exhibit, a journalist/designer notice my work and the effect snowball is produced!… the most beautiful surprise of my life! I never intended to take Amulette out of “my living room”, you understand why. I embarked thoroughly and I have been constantly creating new products since 2012!

I completed my BFA at Concordia University in May 2012. Rather interested in drawing, it will be mid-degree baccalaureate I will discover the medium that is fiber and textile. After much research and questioning, I mainly focused on the question of using art in our daily lives. Where is art in our everyday life? What is the vocation of art? Although craftsmanship is still a taboo subject in academic institutions, it will be the core of my artistic approach. My Amulets are the fruit of the relationship to art in our daily lives. The Bauhaus movement is at the origin of the handmade objects that surround us. The concepts of need, utility and authenticity are the leitmotifs of my works. Elements such as cold and darkness are the driving force of my approach since the primary need to protect oneself is still and always a daily reality. So naturally, I created natural fiber light scenes to counter darkness, and floor and wall mats to warm up. I explore utility through art, in a unique, playful, poetic and creative way.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am a woman of heart. Following your heart is rule # 1. I do not think I have the infused answer since I seek to surround myself with inspiration and mentors myself: being surrounded by working people is motivating! Maybe that’s the right advice …?! Having daily motivation for one’s projects is a good indicator of being on the right track. Every day I get up early, excited to create a new result. It is done ”naturally.” Sometimes, the first step is the most difficult, but the rest of the road is easy, already traced!

I have worked in the fashion industry for 10 years, full time, working on Amulette after my day job at home. Until late (OMG I didn’t sleep much at that time), I was driven (and I still am!!) by the energy that I am at the right place. So, I was working late, at night, with the joy of feeling free! The link I can make with the start of Amulette and today: THE CREATION PROCESS. The only difference now, is I am doing it full time. The creation process and the heart are my fuel…

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a textile designer, specialized and known for my unique lamps. From artistic installation to a gallery to interior decoration, I specialize in ”ambiance.” Amulette settles as much in a residence, in a commercial space as restaurants, hotels, and bars, as in large artistic events, such as the music festival Osheaga, or the wedding of the Canadian artist singer Coeur de Pirate.

My MEDUSE and COCOON lamps are my timeless classic creations of which I am very proud. My signature is part of the way to make textile art a contemporary treatment.

With my new RAW collection, my approach remains conceptual. I love working in contrast with the cold and hard materials around us (glass, concrete, metal). By nature and the organic, the wabi-sabi, the perfectly-flawed is the Amulette philosophy.

My CONTEMPORARY RUG 100% merino wool is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Masters and Artisans of Quebec.

Also, the fact that I am working with the Musé des Beaux Arts de Montreal  (MBAM) for their annual BALL and I am working on Thierry Mugler next exhibition right now!!

I am so grateful that my art touches people. My desire to surround myself with light and sweetness is part of what people appreciate at Amulette!

I am most proud of my participation for Musé des Beaux Arts de Montréal for couple of years, for their annual bal!!

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Awwwww, NETFLIX, and a little apero at 17h is my medication, lol!

I listen to music in my studio, and sometimes, movies on NETFLIX when we are in a big production series. It depends if I work alone or with my assistant.

When I read, it’s roman or inspiring biography. The next biography to read on my list is that of Gabriele Buffet-Picabia’s life.

I LOVE BIOGRAPHY! To live literally life sometimes completely crazy and different from mine, an inspiring person, allows me to visit spaces/personalities that I would never have access by myself. The bio artists especially interest me.

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Image Credit:
Myriam Menard
Bianca Desjardins
Mélanie Bussière Photographe – for my portrait

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