Carnet de voyage

A TRIP TO LOURMARIN

Thursday 16 June 2022

Bringing together our passions, our values and our inspirations. Interweaving talents, sharing desires and stimulating creativity. Taking the time to slow down, share a candlelit dinner, try our hand at painting, discover new artists, let ourselves be carried away by the sweet song of summer...

Inspired by the creative outpouring engendered by the meeting of artists who came to settle in the villages of Provence in the 1950s - Picasso, Capron, Cocteau, Brauner, Eluard... - Sessùn brought together its community of talents in sunny Lourmarin. Two days of discussion, sharing and creation to invent our own workshop village. A moment outside of time, where we could experiment, dance, savour... and be in tune together with the rhythm of our inspirations.

To take part in this journey, we put together a tribe of eight talented people, including old friends and new encounters.

Camille Witt, a passionate Parisian illustrator, just back from a trip to Mexico.

    Camille Witt, a passionate Parisian illustrator, just back from a trip to Mexico.

      Alexandra Ricci, a content creator and knitter extraordinaire, who never leaves home without her knitting needles.

        Alexandra Ricci, a content creator and knitter extraordinaire, who never leaves home without her knitting needles.

          Diane Kari, an inspired entrepreneur with a passion for textiles, decoration and the art of a great lifestyle.

            Diane Kari, an inspired entrepreneur with a passion for textiles, decoration and the art of a great lifestyle.

              Julia Jean-Baptiste, a sunny and captivating artist, who has just released her new song, Music-hall.

                Julia Jean-Baptiste, a sunny and captivating artist, who has just released her new song, Music-hall.

                  Léa Gargiulo, model and actress, in the middle of preparing a video documentary on the theme of love.

                    Léa Gargiulo, model and actress, in the middle of preparing a video documentary on the theme of love.

                      Luna Harst, a self-taught and independent photographer, who is particularly gifted at capturing the unique beauty of the women around her.

                        Luna Harst, a self-taught and independent photographer, who is particularly gifted at capturing the unique beauty of the women around her.

                          Prune Pauchet, a model and talented actress, in the middle of rehearsing a Bergman play.

                            Prune Pauchet, a model and talented actress, in the middle of rehearsing a Bergman play.

                              On the itinerary for our trip: a visit to the village of Lourmarin, its narrow streets and terraces typical of the South of France, with an obligatory stop at Pierre Buisson-Kessler's shop; he's a ceramist and friend of Sessùn.

                              Then, for the evening, a candlelit dinner in the garden with our friend and cook Mapie at the Villa Saint Louis. Lulled by Julia's melodies accompanied by her acoustic guitar, this is where we took the time to meet, to discuss, to dance... And to savour Mapie's delicate and generous recipes.

                              The second day began with a meeting between the artists and Emma François, founder and artistic director of Sessùn, and a rich and exciting discussion about the inspirations for the Pre Fall 22 Village Atelier collection. We were immediately immersed in the creative energy of the painters, sculptors, ceramists, poets and writers who moved to the villages of southern France to devote themselves to their art in the 1950s.

                              To maintain this creative momentum, a plate painting workshop led by Franca Atelier followed, based on exclusive Sessùn motifs from the Pre Fall 22 collection.

                              We set up our headquarters for lunch at the Auberge La Fenière. Which gave us the opportunity to discover the subtle, tasty and creative cuisine offered by Nadia Sammut. After a nap under the fruit trees, the landscape gardener took us to visit the vegetable garden.

                              And at the end of the day, after a final stop at the Lourmarin mill, we headed to the Chateau de Lourmarin, towards the Yeah! Festival, which Sessùn has been sponsoring since the first edition. An evening filled with music and celebration.

                              This trip was an opportunity for Sessùn to strengthen its ties with a community of talent, to breathe life into our values and inspirations and to become even more deeply rooted in the Mediterranean region, the cradle of our history.