LA FABRIQUE NOMADE

I have been selected by La Fabrique Nomade (, to work during 2 months with Ablaye, a Senegalese cornely embroiderer.

The aim of the association, La Fabrique Nomade, is to allow craftsmen migrants in difficulty to live off their skills in France.

A collection of hand made products has been produced by each pair composed of  a French artist/designer and a migrant. The money from the sales of the products will allow the construction of a workshop for the migrants.

During the collaboration, I learn a new technique with the cornely machine and I learn another way of seing embroidery and as well the Senegalese culture that I didn’t know.

I really appreciate the human aspect of this project.

From our exchange with Ablaye, is born a collection of cushion which symbolize the mixture between our two cultures and our two differents ways of seing embroidery.

We gave Wolof names to our pieces : Asamaan which means « sky » in Wolof and Toor-Toor which means « flower » in Wolof.

                                   COLLABORATION WITH ALIX WALINE (

Alix Waline and I made a series of drawings in which the ink and embroidery stitches are mixed point by point to create shapes and enigmatic territories, which lead us into reverie or initiatory journey.

We are inspired by images from « worlds » still undamaged by human hand, virgin territories where imagination and mystery are unfolded.

Our drawings also symbolize a desire of re-enchant the nature in a world increasingly materialistic and affected by environmental upheavals.

We could work on varied mediums such as paper, fabric…

In 2016, we did a special collection of cushions for Chiara Colombini Edition called « Waiting for the Sun ».

LES PARADIS PERDUS, 30x42cm, 2016

Drawing and embroidery on paper and tracing paper by Alix Waline & Sabatina Leccia

I FOLLOW RIVERS,70x50 cm, 2015

Drawing on linen by Alix Waline.

Embroidery on linen by Sabatina Leccia

BLUE LAGOON, 70x50 cm,2016

Drawing on linen by Alix Waline.

Embroidery on linen by Sabatina Leccia


Hand embroidered by Sabatina Leccia.

Ink drawings by Alix Waline.

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