Marie-Laure Bonnaud-Vautrin
Marie-Laure Bonnaud-Vautrin

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Marie-Laure Bonnaud-Vautrin was born in 1943 as the daughter of Line Vautrin and Jacques-Armand Bonnaud. She grew up amongst artists in an atmosphere of creation and started to learn her mother's techniques to work a synthetic resin she named Talosel in 1963. She will teach these techniques in Line Vautrin's school of design from 1967 to 1975. In 1990, after a number of years spent in the clothing business (specialising in the 1940's and 1950's clothes for TV programs) she reconciled with her mother and resumed her work with Talosel. In 1999, Christian Louboutin, a fashionable shoemaker, calls on her to design shoe heels for his collections as well as several folding screens for his shop.

Line Vautrin is a renown designer who worked bronze (jewellery, boxes, compacts, ashtrays, pill boxes, etc.) as well as - from 1950 onwards - Talosel, a synthetic resin with which she created fashion accessories and her famous mirrors. In 1942, she married Jacques-Armand Bonnaud but left him in 1953 when he decided to stay in Morrocco instead of going back to France with his family. In 1992, she was awarded the National Arts and Crafts Prize for her research in decorative techniques. She died in April 1997, two years before the exhibition devoted to her work at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

Jacques-Armand Bonnaud, born in 1917, was a multi-talented artist who painted, designed theatre sets and costumes (like for Charles Dullin), played the part and created interior decorations (like for the king of Morrocco). Until he and Line Vautrin parted, Jacques-Armand used his talent to the full to afford her more exposure. In 1976, he left for Tahiti where he died in 1980.

Today, Marie-Laure carries on the tradition of Talosel design - still using her mother's techniques - to make jewellery, fashion accessories and other art works.