Born into a family of artists, Valentine Herrenschmidt trained at the Haute Ecole de Joaillerie (School of Higher Education for Jewellers) in Paris while working as an actress. Words very quickly pervaded her creations, and she discovered her vocation as a sculptor calligrapher.
Words from all over the world become visible beneath her fingers through iron or copper wire which she sculpts freehand. Floating in space and on walls, they adopt a characteristic curved, cursive handwriting, a genuine signature of the artist.
Since her nomination for the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris (a major design prize awarded by the City of Paris), Valentine Herrenschmidt has increased her number of projects thanks to a wide network of international purchasing advisors (including architects, decorators and galleries) for whom she creates words scenographies on commission.
Her poetic artworks touch those seeking unique and different pieces: collectors, cultural institutions, businesses, international department stores, hotels and the names in the luxury industrys – Chanel, Guerlain, Abc Home -NYC, Le Bon Marché, Merci-Paris , Marks and spencer in Dubaï, India, Hong-Kong…
Her sculptures are exhibited in a selection of stores and galleries in France and abroad.
Created by hand in her workshop, each sculpture is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Photo © Gilles Leimdorfer