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The apocalypse tapestry

Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour L'intelligence de la main - 2015

The 2015 Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour L'intelligence de la main - Talents d’exception rewarded Christian Bessigneul, engraver, and Laurent Nogues, embosser, for their work entitled “La Tenture de l’Apocalyse d’Angers” (Apocalypse Tapestry).

With its "Sensitinéraires" collection, Éditions du Patrimoine offers blind and visually impaired people a way to discover national monuments. “The Angers Apocalypse Tapestry” is the fifth volume in this series.
Composed of over 40 relief panels designed by engraver Christian Bessigneul and made by Laurent Nogues, a master of embossed printing and the holder of a prestigious Maître d’Art title, this work reveals the famous medieval tapestry step by step, as well as the city of Angers, its castle and architectural details. A CD presents the history of the monument and guides the tactile reading of the images.

 Printed on Japanese paper, which can be manipulated without cracking, this work is innovative in both an editorial and aesthetic sense. "It is essential that the relief can be pressed on without being dented," explains Laurent Nogues. “Just because the image is embossed doesn’t mean that it can be read by the hands.”

The work was developed in collaboration with blind people, which changed the perception of the designers, who adapted both the relief and the choice of images to the experience of users. The original tapestry is 140 meters long. Says Christian Bessigneul; “We picked out the essential images and reinterpreted them to make them accessible and understandable.”

 “This award is a true recognition of our work,” adds Laurent Nogues. “It will make us better known and open us up to an international audience. We would like to do more research to to go further in producing further differentiating elements or the association of techniques such as screen-printed varnish.”

We are on the cusp of a revolution, at the cutting edge of tactile reading.

Laurent Nogues, embosser.

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