Toile de Jouy, an illustrated history -
This zine come with, before and after, an installation made of rolls of screen-printed fabric resting against the wall, similar to what you might find in a fabric shop. The base fabric for the prints is a 1950s printed 'Toile de Jouy' designed by Pascaline Villon for the now-dissolved textile empire Boussac. I found the fabric among my grandma’s old stock years after her small fabric/everything shop had closed down. The Toile de Jouy has often been said to be an ancestor to the comic, an early example of non-linear illustrated storytelling. Clusters depict scenes forming a tale you will want to cover your sofa with. Having considerably served as a vehicle for spreading and reinforcing a national identity, I used the fabric’s reverse side to print another tale, one that requires (continuously) more investigating. One that tries to unravel a French (/European) national identity built on colonial practices of theft, subjugation, and economic domination over much of the world, as well as its own working class.

28 pages
Run of 50 copies
Riso-printed by at LCBA, London, November 2023