Born into a family of artists, Valentine Herrenschmidt trained at The Haute Ecole de Joaillerie (School of Higher Education for Jewellers) in Paris while working as an actress. Words very quickly pervaded her creations, and she discovered her vocation as a sculptor calligrapher. Words from all over the world become visible beneath her fingers through iron or copper wire which she sculpts freehand. Floating in space and on walls, they adopt a characteristic curved, cursive handwriting, a genuine signature of the artist.
Since her nomination for the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris (a major design prize awarded by the City of Paris), Valentine Herrenschmidt has increased her number of projects thanks to a wide network of international purchasing advisors (including architects, decorators and galleries) for whom she creates words scenographies on commission. Her sculptures are exhibited in galleries and in a selection of stores in France and abroad.
Her poetic artworks touch those seeking unique and different pieces: collectors, cultural institutions, businesses, international department stores, hotels and the big names in the luxury industrys, La Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais-Paris, 107 Rivoli-Musée des Arts décoratifs, Chanel, Guerlain, Le Bon Marché, Merci, Marks and Spencer, abc Home-NYC, Théatre des Martyrs-Bruxelles, La Maison de Colette, Ateliers d’Art de France-Paris...
Created by hand in her workshop, each sculpture is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.