For twenty years, I am coordinating the activities of the association ATELIER- Wools of Europe.
I organise training courses, set up new exhibitions and I am in charge of the European relations: institutions, companies, schools....
The association “ ATELIER - Laines d’Europe “ was founded in 1989 with the aim of developing cooperation between people wishing to promote and upgrade wool as a natural material and to make it once again an element of local development.
The members of ATELIER are breeders, shearers, small enterprises, craft-workers, artists and textile museums, associations, pedagogical farms, scientists and historians.
The members of ATELIER respect a Charter. The commit themselves to:
· Use local raw materials
· Progress towards the full mastery of the production
· Set up a network of mutual aid
· Promote products by using a quality label
· No individual taking part in the processing of an ATELIER product must be subjected to any exploitation whatsoever.
Activities: documentation centre, training courses about wool, travelling exhibition, European meetings
ATELIER maintains the co-ordination, the exchanges between all new projects for wool upgrading.
To set up a common promotional programme, to learn from the experience of one to another, to demonstrate to the authorities the economic and social importance of these initiatives.
You can listen to "Terre à Terre" on France-Culture radio: Laines d'Europe with Marie-thérèse Chaupin :
ATELIER- Laines d'Europe
c/o Filature de Chantemerle
F-05330 Saint Chaffrey