Clodie François aka Mesdames Carton is a French native, born in Paris. She was early involved with theater, her first passion, on stage and backstage as a play writer, director, actress and singer. She also worked as a journalist for the newspaper Liberation. When she settled in New Mexico in 2000, this self taught artist began to create whimsical design furniture & lamps using a combination of hybrid material. The combination of corrugated cardboard, recycle wood or Masonite, willow branches and acid free handmade paper from all around the world is the particular signature of her work.
Her functional pieces convey an alchemy between the flexibility of one material and the rigidity of the other, between the light and colors of the Land of Enchantment and her own personality . Whether they serve to shape the bold outlines of an insolent chest of drawer, a seductive night stand or a fairy like lamp, her creations vibrate with a subtle and playful elegance.
Clodie is part of the High Road Tour to Taos since 2002. In Taos she has exhibited at Taos Home Grown, Arte de Descartes, and has participated at the Santa Fe Recycled Show, her work has also been featured at Casa Nova by Natalie in Santa Fe, Taos Fine Art & Framing in Taos and Gaucho Blue in Penasco. Her studio is open all year round on appointment.