PARIS, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Hermès is proud to announce the arrival of Festival des Métiers in London; an exhibition showcasing 10 different Hermès crafts at London's Saatchi Gallery, 22 May - 28 May 2013. Working just as they would in the Hermès workshops in France, the craftspeople will be in situ at the exhibition for 7 days making a wide selection of Hermès objects by hand.
This engaging public exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the traditions and values of Hermès in the crafting of fine objects; a presentation that encourages interaction by giving visitors the opportunity to meet and exchange with the Hermès' artisans and experience first-hand their unique savoir-faire.
Festival des Métiers unlocks the poetic and unique crafts that are the essence of the house of Hermès, as their craftspeople reveal the mastery of their métiers. Visitors will see the famous Hermès silk scarf printed before their eyes and to rhythmic sounds of the artisans' tools, handbags, saddles, fine-jewellery and other iconic objects from Hermès will be brought to life during the course of the exhibition.
Festival des Métiers arrives in London from China where it has been exhibited in Beijing and Shenyang, after London it will travel to Dusseldorf. The exhibition is presented in a contemporary setting designed by acclaimed designer Paola Navone.
Admission to Festival des Métiers is free and open to the public from 22 May - 28 May 2013 at the Saatchi Gallery: Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
Hermès is an Education Patron of the Saatchi Gallery
Hermès was founded by Thierry Hermès in Paris in 1837, as a house of master harness-making and later saddle-making. Six generations of enterprising artisans have explored new markets and new skills. Now international in scope Hermès has continued to grow while remaining a family company, with a uniquely creative spirit that blends precision manufacturing with traditional craftsmanship. At the end of 2012 Hermès had 10 118 employees worldwide and 346 exclusive stores, and is active in 16 métiers.
About the Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 by Charles Saatchi to provide a platform to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and make it accessible. Over the last three years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted seven out of the top ten most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper's survey of international museum attendance.