Profile

Madeleine has always loved making things since she was a child. She went to Art School to explore drawing, sculpture, photography print and textiles and later found her happiest way of working - making the chandeliers - quite by accident after finding some chandelier glass. She has always worked in the creative field whether as a photographer, theatre prop maker or teacher before working on the chandeliers full-time.

"I was delighted to discover that people liked them and wanted to buy them, this enabled me to continue two favoured activities of collecting and constructing. It was never just about producing a product, I enjoy that I can blend making art that tickles people, pursue an ecological working practise and support charities all at once."

I am a member of Craft Central, Hidden Art, Own it and ACID - anti copying in design.

Art Education & Training
1980-82 Plymouth College of Art & Design, 2 years full-time Foundation
1984-87 Goldsmith's College of Art, University of London BA (Hons)Textiles, 2:1

I completed the Developing Professional Practice course for craftsmen and designers at Cockpit Arts in 2005.
I have City & Guilds level 1 Teaching qualification.

Exhibitions
International
2012 Featured show @ Found Garage, Tokyo, JAPAN (Nov)
2009 Featured show @ Found, Tokyo, JAPAN (Oct/Nov)
2006 'White' fine art group show, Triskel, Cork, IRELAND (Jan/Feb)
2005 Featured show @ Found, Tokyo, JAPAN (Sept/Oct)
2003 Recycled Design, Musee de Design, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
1999 Reclaimed, recycled design, British Council, EGYPT, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, INDIA until 2003
1999 Galerie Claude Andre, Brussels, BELGIUM (Jan)
1998 Upside Down, Inside Out, recycling, Rundetaarn, Copenhagen, DENMARK

UK
2014 Two Kats and a Cow Gallery, Brighton
2014 Tent London, London Design Festival, Truman Brewery, London
2013 Domesticity, The Brindley, Runcorn, Cheshire
2011 Cavaliero Finn, Xmas show, Herne Hill, London
2011 A Light Shower, solo show, Craft Central, London (Nov)
2010/11 Anniversary show, Urban Upholstery, London (Nov-Jan)
2010 Wilson Stephens Decorative Art, November Sale, London
2010 Cavaliero Finn, Xmas show, Herne Hill, London
2010 Re-Pshyche, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, (spring/summer)
2010 East Wing Collection, Courtald Institute of Art, London (Jan-18 months)
2009-10 The Light Lounge@ Urban Upholstery, London (Nov-Jan)
2009 November Sale, Wilson Stephens Decorative Art, London
2009 Eco Home by Oliver Heath, Geffrye Museum, London (Oct-Jan)
2009 Banquet, Walford Mill Arts, Dorset (Aug/Sept)
2008 Xmas Show, cavaliero finn, Herne Hill, London
2008 In & Out, contemporary glass, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester (Oct)
2007 Xmas Show, Cavaliero Finn showcase, E.Dulwich, London (Dec)
2007 New Chandeliers, solo show, Craft Central, London EC1 (Oct/Nov)
2007 Made in Clerkenwell, CGA, Pennybank Chambers, London EC1 (May)
2006 House & Garden Fair with JR Design and Saturday Telegraph (May)
2005 Cockpit Arts showcase, London (June)
2005 'Teatime' Blue Teal & Silver craft Gallery, Dorset (April)
2004 Beau Monde, Soho, London, (May-July)
2004 Café 79, Primrose Hill, London (Feb)
2003 Wastenot, Want not.., Catmose Arts, Rutland
2003 Meet the Neighbours, eatbigfish, London (April)
2001 Featured show & verandah, Oxford (Oct)
2001 'I love your work' Old School, Hoxton St., London (July)
2000/1 Christmas Lights, group show, Sun & Doves Gallery, London
2000 Transformations, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
1999 Group show, Walcot Square Gallery, London (Dec)
1999 A new Eden, contemporary crafts, Talks Farmstead, Hampshire (Sept)
1999 Sun & Doves Gallery, South London Open (June)
1998 The Collectors, Alchemy Gallery, London (Dec)
1998 Aladdin's Cave, The Pearoom Centre for contemporary crafts, Lincolnshire
1998 The Art of Recycling, The Courtyard Gallery, Hertford (Nov)
1998 Diverse City, a TS2K exhibition, Taking over Brixton town centre (Oct)
1998 The Enchanted Priory, Marcham, Oxfordshire (July)
1998-2005 Open Studios, Stockwell Artists Studios, London (July & Dec yearly)
1998 Walcot Square Gallery Open, London (May)
1998 Reclaimed Acclaimed, recycled design, Craftspace Touring (until Dec 1999)
1997 Just Glass, Fisherton Mill craft emporium, Salisbury
1995 Group Show, Synergy Gallery, London
1994 Madeleine Boulesteix Chandeliers, Fridge Gallery, Brixton, London

Special Commissions
2013 Very Large Chandelier for Coco Chocolate, Sydney, Australia
2012 Chandelier for Alleyn's School entrance hall, Dulwich, London
2012 Glass Heap Challenge, International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge
2012 Chandelier with perfume bottles for Penhaligon's, Mayfair London
2011 Chandelier for Frou Frou Bridal Boutique, Tunbridge Wells
2011 Chandelier for Coco Chocolate, Edinburgh
2010 2 Chandeliers for Coco Chocolates's shops, Sydney, Australia
2008 2 Chandeliers with perfume bottles for Penhaligon's, London and Edinburgh
2008 3 Chandeliers for British Council offices, Washington DC, USA.
2008 2 Chandeliers for High Tea of Highgate, London
2006 3 Chandeliers for Greens fish restaurant, Whitby, North Yorkshire
2006 2 Chandeliers and 3 wall sconces for Paris apartment of Mr & Mme Gougenheim
2006 2 Music-themed chandeliers for Record Company in Tokyo via 'Found'
2005 Artist-in-residence at Triskel, Cork, European Capital of Culture, IRELAND
2003 Huge African Chandelier for Nyumba beauty salon, Mayfair, London
2002 Laura Ashley, Large Xmas chandelier with L.Ashley products, Regent St., London
2002 British Council, chandelier for new office reception, Brussels, BELGIUM
2001 Bar Room Bars, London (Fulham, Camberwell, Hackney, Pinner, Chiswick) Leeds and Birmingham
2000 Café 79, 2 large chandeliers, regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, London
2000 Bar Room Bar, one large chandelier, Shepherds Bush, London
2000 Harrods, large chandelier installation, Decorative Living Dept.
1999 British Council collection for 'Reclaimed' touring worldwide
1999 Gate 28 Café Bar, 2 chandeliers, Folkestone
1999 Bar Room Bar, 3 large chandeliers, Battersea, London
1999 Bar Room Bar, 1 enormous chandelier, Hampstead, London

+Many private domestic commissions each year

Publications
BOOKS
London Ateliers - Editions Paumes, Tokyo, Feb 2009
Urban Eco Chic by Oliver Heath, Quadrille, Sept 2008
Re-using & Recycling Glass, Franklin Watts 2006 (children's educational)
Chandeliers - Mitchell Beazley, 2001
Transformations - catalogue, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University 2000
Reclaimed - catalogue, British Council, 2000
Salvage Style in your home - Kyle Cathie, London 2000 (reprinted 2006)

MAGAZINES
The Times Magazine, April 5th 2014
Homes and Antiques Jan 2014
Living Etc, Dec 2013
Maison Creative, Oct 2013
The Guardian, green supplement, June 8th 2013
World of Interiors, November 2012
25 Beautiful Homes, August 2012
Dorset Magazine, March 2012
London Evening Standard, Homes and Property, 2nd and 16th Nov 2011
Rhode Island Home and Design, March 2011
National Geographic Green Guide, Spring 2010
Living Etc, March 2010
Lives, Japan, Feb-Mar 2010
Madame Figaro, special feature, Japan, Nov 2009
Maisons Cote Ouest, feature, France, Oct/Nov 2009
Irish Tatler, Aug 2009
Grazia, Aug 2008
Many and various Japanese magazines 2007/8/9
Including: Interior Trend Vision, Plus 1 Living, In Red, Story, Numero, Esquir, Huge, Casa Brutus
Elle Deco, Japan, April 2008
Period Living, March 2008
Homes & Gardens, March 2008
Homes & Property, Evening Standard, Dec 12 2007
BBC Homes & Antiques, Nov 2007
Guardian Weekend magazine, Oct 6 2007
Homes & Property, Evening Standard, Sept 19 2007
House & Home Ideas, May 2007
Resource, March 2007
The Craftsman, Feb 2007
The Sunday Times/Style Dec 17th 2006
House & Garden, Nov 2006
Vogue, June 2006
Many and various Japanese magazines 2005/6
- including Harpers Bazaar, I'm Home, Elle, My Home, Living Design, Madame Figaro, Zaka Catalogue etc.
Homes & Gardens, March 2005
Spaces, March/April 2004
Wall Street Journal Europe, Dec 2003
Homes & Gardens, Nov 2003
Food and Travel, Jan 2003
Living Etc., Nov 2003
Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Oct 5th 2002, July 19th 2003
Country Homes and Interiors, Sept 2002
Elle Decoration, July 2002
Departures, American Express Publishing, May/June 2002
Homes & Gardens, May 2002
Resurgence, Nov/Dec 2001
World of Interiors, Oct 2001
- before 2001: Guardian Space, idFX, ES magazine, Country Living, etc.

Homes & GardensHomes & Gardens - LighthouseElle Deco, Japan 08Maisons Cote Ouest
Teaching
I run workshops for children based on my recycling work and have run these at Triskel Arts in Cork, Guys Hospital School, Vauxhall City Farm, various secondary schools in London and Australia - the latter for the British Council.

2011 I co-taught 'Hot and Ready Made Lighting' with Nanda Soderburg, experimental glass reworking, a summer course at Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA.

1990-2004 I was a part-time tutor in Adult Education in the Creative Studies Dept at South Thames College.
Main subject - Photography, also painting and drawing and mixed media to both special needs groups and mainstream. I devised and wrote all my courses.

I have also been a visiting lecturer at Somerset College of Art & Design on the Surface Design degree course.

I have City & Guilds level 1 Teaching qualification and 16 years experience.

A Word On Charity - Notice to Customers
Each year I give 2% of my profits to The Paul D'Auria Cancer Support Centre in Battersea, South London. They are a small but vital charity who support cancer sufferers and their family and friends. They understand well all the issues surrounding a diagnosis and treatment.

Having lost my oldest friend and my brother to untimely deaths by cancer within a year of each other I decided to involve any success in my business with this charity. I hope I will always be able to support them as they did us, and in buying one of my chandeliers you are contributing to the experienced support that other families may receive.

www.pauldauriacentre.org.uk

As a lot of my components are from a variety of charity shops you are contributing to many other charities too.

Links
CREATORS
Furniture stylishly revived to perfection www.urbanupholstery.com
Sculptural Jewellery www.gloriacarlos.com
Contemporary reworking of scrap metal into new heirloomswww.theragandboneman.co.uk
Contemporary nostalgia by Becky Oldfield www.lostandfounddesign.co.uk
Traditionally unusual jewellery www.rustmadeinengland.com
Beautiful shoes made from vintage kimono fabric www.hettyrose.co.uk
Great cakes and atmosphere at www.highteaofhighgate.co.uk

DESIGN
Online interiors magazine www.boboho.com
Oliver Heath, sustainable interior design www.oliverheath.com

ORGANISATIONS
ACID - Anti Copying in Design: A hard-hitting action group committed to fighting copyright theft. Specialists in intellectual property law.
Craft Central: A network for designers and makers.
Own It Intellectual property advice for creative businesses.
Hidden Art: A membership organisation for UK designers and designer makers. www.hiddenart.co.uk

Madeleine Boulesteix for teacup and jellybowl chandeliers to buy and commission