Sylvie Berggren
L'étoffe d'une créatrice - The material a creative designer is made of. 
It must have started there, when she was no taller than three mangoes, in an African market. In the brushing of multi-colored African garments, when at the height of a child, all you see is the material that dresses bodies. Then your mother stops in her steps before a street stall of cotton clothes. And Sylvie Berggren's little hand ventures amid these mountains and canyons of piled-up 'child blankets' piled up in a jumble or artistically folded in colored layers. 
Following her birth in the West Indies and her early childhood in Africa, family trips went on. With each new country where her family tribe stopped over, her mother's trunk for fabrics filled a little more. Sylvie often opened it, feeling each time that she was travelling in it. She started her journey in life with that idea in mind. Filled with passion for primitive as well as peculiar art. Fascinated by the beauty of the craftwork which surrounds the most destitute peoples, the way they have to make the smallest everyday object beautiful. And to turn the most humbly fashioned material into an ornament for their destitution. 
It's with stone and wood that she arranged her first creative material around, by embarking on an interior designer training course at the 'Institut St Luc de Tournais' (in Belgium). 
But the original drive carried on knocking on the door, relentlessly. She bid farewell to solid concrete lines then, and headed toward the 'textile creation' course at Lyon's Applied Arts School. She then followed this up with a designing position where she worked with a pencil, and a move to Paris where she held a position in a workshop specialised in fabric for costumes worn in the theater or opera, or for private individuals' interiors. 
Today, Sylvie Berggren does solo work, listening to her heart in the countryside near Aix en Provence. A large window spreads light on the props which hold the creative aircraft-carrier-like table where she stacks as many multi-coloured threads and as many materials irresistible to the touch. Her sensitivity drives her to use natural fibres, wool, linen or cotton. She mainly brings back these materials from Scandinavia, but the primitive root still remains intact. The sense of touch triggers creativity and completion. And no piece or series of pieces look like another. Each one is a unique adventure. Velcro, easy to wash materials, or other domestic tricks help daily to make this unique adventure something you love to live with. 

Manu GROS, Journalist