This experience will focus on learning the magical technique of straw marquetry
Straw marquetry is a craft very similar to that of wood marquetry, except that straw replaces wood veneer. It's believed to have first been practiced in the East; the first examples were brought to Europe in the 17th century.
Straw is a very versatile material. The same product that is used by traditional roofers is dyed for those doing marquetry. The latter split the strands in two, flatten them and then glue them to a substrate (room divider, wall, piece of furniture, small box...). Sometimes directly, for the less intricate designs, or first on kraft paper (making then what is called in French an “aplat”) for the more complex ones like this “pointe de Hongrie”.
During this experience, you will learn the technique of straw marquetry and build your own personal sunshine piece! I will take you step by step over the process, and the story of this ancient technique, between craftsmanship and art.
I earned my first degree in fine furniture making at the École Boulle in Paris and furthered my training at the École Supérieure d'Ébénisterie d'Avignon from which I graduated with a more advanced degree. I completed my training with a 10-month program in fine furniture restoration in Chartres, France.
After my studies, I had the honor of working with recognized craftsmen such as Serge Chaillou (Normandie) who, in 2004, was named France's best fine furniture restorer and François Votat (Paris) who comes from a long line of French makers.
Whether it is building what other people need or imagine, or letting my creativity run free, I put my heart and soul in everything I make.
I will send you a special box prior to the experience :)