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E.I.G.E.N.G.R.A.U. (this gray that we perceive with closed eyes)

E.I.G.E.N.G.R.A.U. (this gray that we perceive with closed eyes)

Each environment hides a world of invisible colors. The E.I.G.E.N.G.R.A.U. program provides participants with the methodology, tools and knowledge to create their own color palette.

From the natural elements harvested, collected and collected, participants discover the basics and experiment with the tools, techniques and nuances of pigment transformations.

The participants embark on this sensory and visual journey that is unique to each individual and materializes it through a unique scenographic installation.

During the E.I.G.E.N.G.R.A.U. program the participants learn the methodology of natural pigmentation, its extraction and its application to the different materials that are wood, metal, textile and ceramic to become alchemist in natural colors.

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Architect / Designer tutors: Julie Richoz
Craftman: Virginie Lagerbe

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative teaching is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specialized in their discipline and speakers (theoreticians, artists, scientists…) who shed light on, and put into perspective, the creative journey of the training. This triptych, enriched with many other experiences on campus, guarantees participants a complete training combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.


Ma.Na's team accompanies the participants through a range of complementary activities:

A time of reflection and research to document the subject
Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field
Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses
Individual and collective scenarios
Individual and collective conversations and advices from tutors.

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels: creation, technical learning, defining a professional project and collective work.

The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to color and dye techniques
The ability to develop and present your work, your practice, your ideas.
The ability to research a subject.
The ability to work collectively.


Training tools / materials

Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the program starts.
Material provided
Technical learning via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes an introduction to the working of these tools, explanations for good maintenance and training on how to use them.
Set-up of your own « technical passeport » combining evaluations and upgrades of tools & assembling techniques, particularly through fundamental exercises.
Follow-up on your work at MaNa, daily meetings, intermediate rendering and collective presentation in the end of the training.
Individual meeting on your current practice, based on the portfolio, allowing to reinforce, correct or orientate different questions.

Assessment methods

Documented and well-argued final project
The acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account.
Training validated by a MaNa certificate.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline - the experience is assessed during the admission process.

Step 1: Sending a CV and portfolio
Step 2: Validation of the application by the admission board, which ensures that the profile and the requirements of the training match.

Program details

Material(s): Color, wood, metal, ceramic, paper
Domain: Colour Design & Textile Design
Duration: 2 weeks
Language: French & English

Price: 3900 € inc VAT

This price includes the cost of training, accommodation and full board, materials and personal protective equipment

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 20/11/2023 to 01/12/2023

Typical day and week schedule​

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