About Elisabeth and The Lansdowne House

Elisabeth is a Decorative Arts artist specialising in Eco techniques on textile and paper.

French born, she was trained by Christie’s and The University of Glasgow in the 1990’s in Decorative Arts. She pursued a career in the recreation of historic wall treatment and specialised in stencilling with a special emphasis on the Art Nouveau period. She is well known for her interpretation of Mackintosh’s The House for an Art Lover.

She was involved in recreations of historic interiors and various exhibitions including the recreations of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s The House for an Art Lover in Glasgow Scotland 1989 and Ault Wharrie by George Walton in Dunblane Scotland (2015), the recreation of The Willow Tea Rooms by Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow (2018).

Inspired by her regular travelling in South East Asia since 1995 she gradually moved into the use of more Eco techniques like Indigo, natural dyes and Ecoprinting. She is self trained but also catches specialised workshops with specialist artists such as Aboubakar Fofana for Indigo, Irit Dullman for Ecoprinting as well as learning from local wisdom she finds around her. She organises skill swaps with other artist as she believe we only learn well from teachers we feel passionate about. In 2020 she organised a skill swap in Thailand sharing her Ecoprinting methods with some community of dyers and textile artists agains some of their local knowledge.

She runs The Lansdowne House her home based studio since 1990 and in turn has been using it as a private studio, as a school of stencilling and up-cycling and more recently as the online studio for her online live classes. She entertains a long term relationship with her pupils and regularly organises “get together” wether online live or in person.

Over the years she has been well known for her community projects. She makes a point of getting large groups of participants together to share knowledge and create Art:

2016. The Big Rose project recreated “Carpets of roses” stencilled in outdoor locations in the West of Scotland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The House for an Art Lover

2017 The Big Banner project saw 13 “Hand stencilled Roses banners” by groups of participants in public locations before an exhibition of those at The Lighthouse design center in Glasgow during the Mackintosh Festival

2018 The Big Project gathered school children to create gesso boards in the Mackintosh style

2019/2020 in Printing in Woodlands, she gathers the public an gardeners in the Woodlands Community garden to learn the art of Ecoprinting working outdoors. An exhibition of communal pieces takes place in the Glasgow Botanical garden in February 2020 with an open day of free crafts workshops.

2020/2021 since lockdown she has been running “The True Colour of the Cotinus” an online Ecoprinting project getting together groups of 100 ecoprinters in a mass workshop live on zoom to research and test the colour printed using the Cotinus plant. This is an ongoing project.

When at home, Elisabeth works in a sustainable manner in the circular economy, recycling cloth gathered from the local BnB and using leaves from her local park. When purchasing cloth and dyes she invest in community of weavers/dye producers who can benefit from her orders.

She is a member of the Weavers, spinner and dyers in the West of Scotland and preparing a certificate of Natural dyeing as well as researching reduction Indigo vats.

She lives in Glasgow with her husband but her circle of friends, family and pupils is international… she says… “The World is my Village”.

She likes… travelling, cooking, dyeing, and spending quiet times in her studio.