Amélie, Violaine and David met when all three were employed at a Lyons architectural agency. After 6 years working side-by-side with complementary skills, a holiday visit to Chaumont acquainted them with the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival. And they asked themselves, “Why not us?”
As a student, interior architect Amélie Viale specialised in 3D image design. These days she combines her architectural skills with image creation, her preferred medium. A visual artist since 2011, she uses photography, performance and installation as tools for expression of her experimental subjects. “Basing myself on my own experience, I combine stories affecting the largest possible audience: bereavement, abandonment and separation are among my principal artistic concerns.” Her work is motivated by the quest for and experimentation with new bridgeways between ideas, their depiction and their realisation, combined with thought on notions of traces left behind and the ephemeral.
Violaine Hugonnier graduated from Lyons’ National Higher School of Architecture in 2007 and won her spurs working for a young architectural agency in the same city. In 2011, upon her return to Lyon after a time spent journeying around Latin America, she decided to join a new agency in order to develop her architectural design skills. In parallel, her drawings – sketches of city scenes and travel journals – helped her learn how to apprehend and interpret the real, through interplay of what one sees and what one is shown. Drawing in situ has enabled her to develop the art of capturing the fleeting moment and contemplating landscape of whatever kind. For her, the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival is an opportunity to present the public with this fine-tuned notion of graphic experience, creating a bridgeway between architecture, ephemeral installation and the art of landscape.
Landscaper-turned-architect David Bonnard underwent 6 years of technical training in the field of landscape before turning his attention to design. In 2003, he won the Rhône Alpes regional competition and came 5th in the gardener/landscaper category of the World Skills Competition national final. Spurred by his love of designing, he joined a well-known Lyons landscaping agency where he proved himself working on a series of emblematic projects. Fresh interests encouraged him to take a new career direction and study architecture, another playground with no boundaries. Alongside his work at the agency, he enrolled at and finally graduated from Lyon’s School of Architecture. His work is characterised by a situated approach in which the borderline between landscape and architecture melts away, consequently enhancing the user’s pleasure.