In college, I went to a talk given by Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the artistic director of Hermès. I arrived at the packed auditorium, expecting Dumas to wax poetic on the nature of the luxury industry today and his family’s historic company. Instead, ignoring Hermès’s iconic Birkin bag, Dumas focused solely on something I had never heard of, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

Today, many fashion houses have a charitable wing, and oftentimes those nonprofit arms focus on contemporary art. The Hugo Boss Prize is well-known, and in recent years, brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada have opened large foundations to display their respective collections. But for quite some time, Hermès’s own foundation has been making an influential, albeit quieter, contribution to the visual world.

The goal of the Fondation is to support artists whose work relates to craft and design. It’s an easily and frequently overlooked group, and one that’s clearly related to Hermès’s own mission. Hermès, after all, has always been known for its incredible detail and craftsmanship, rather than, say, starting or following the latest trends. The French house has also always taken advantage of what its home country has to offer. For decades, the leather, silver, crystal, and silk (from Lyon) they use has been sourced from the centers of production that helped make these materials famous. And while these local industries may be facing considerable challenges during the 21st century, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is taking a creative approach to supporting and invigorating what they do.

Each year, the artists selected for Hermès’s residential program get to work in the house’s workshops alongside expert craftsmen and -women. Participants learn artisanal processes that are of interest to them and receive a full range of materials to use. The results are, as one would guess, often quite extraordinary, both in the way that the participating artists combine old and new, and in terms of their innate, aesthetic beauty. But usually these works aren’t accessible for the wider world to see. On Friday, that will change.

On November 24, Hermès will present “Les Mains Sans Sommeil,” an exhibition featuring artists who have participated in their residency program over the past three years. The exhibition will be at Paris’s renowned Palais de Tokyo and will be on view through January 7 of next year.

Above, we take a look at the artists included and the processes that went into their final works. Célia Gondol’s mesmerizing fabrics glimmer with purple and metallic threads, while Jennifer Avery took clear inspiration from Hermès’s famed scarves. Io Burgard looked toward the house’s leather, as did Lucie Picandet, but it’s Bianca Argimon’s painted creations that could easily be translated into a textiles print. And while DH McNabb and Clarissa Baumann brought their art to fiery new heights, it’s clear that all of the artists included took worthwhile risks. As they say, the process is often just as important as any product. So head on over to the Palais de Tokyo soon, but keep these images of what came first safely stored in your mind’s eye.