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Like a kitchen chef, the dyer heats dye baths in pots each spanning 45 cm in diameter. “We don’t really measure anything here; we eyeball it. Our work is part chemistry, part artistry.” Nicolas joined the company 15 years ago at the foundry. “The dyer was taking his retirement. He took me under his wing like a mentor and taught me everything there is to know about the profession, which consists of coloring all sorts of pieces and materials. Beads, cabochons, nylon, polyester, wood, and more… Through experimentation, I learned which pigments to use, which immersion times to observe, and what reactions are produced by various materials. I also learned how to manage the workload to provide for the workshop’s needs,” he continues. “This is a profession that requires a great deal of sensitivity, since everything is guesstimated. Dyeing is a dying art, and you can’t learn it at school. There is something so satisfying about watching color spread over a material, settling into it and becoming a part of it, and then watching that piece being walked down a runway. I feel fortunate to be able to develop my skills in a company that appreciates this type of savoir-faire.”