The material

The cardboard is an atypical and a visionary know-how. In fact, it is based on the creation of an artpiece with recycled cardboard. This represents a new way to innovate by being respectful about the environment. Morover, the attributes of the material such as its malleability, offer an infinite liberty or creation.

This know-how has been used since 2000. Craftsmen have created pieces of design with it, such as furniture, but also decorative or artistic pieces.

The cardboard has a great future. In fact, this material is one of the most common waste. Very few people are using it after the first usage. But, in the creation field, it is upcycled.

Marie-Anne Thieffry, lace-maker, cardboard sculptor

Fondation Rémy Cointreau has supported Marie-Anne Thieffry. She is a specialist of the carboard material. Her approach is engaged. She likes the idea about using a tool that has been used multiple times. Besides, she is proud to supply in the same region she lives in, in Normandy (France). These actions reinforce her environmental engagement and her will to take part of the local circular economy.

Marie-Anne Thieffry uses different size of splined carboards, solidly wavy. She gets these tools from stores happy to get rid of it.

Master, adapt and innovate are key words for our lace-maker and cardboard sculptor. In fact, the act of transforming the material (through gluing and sculpting) is a true savoir-faire and a specific technical demand. After creating the mold (perhaps in plastic for feminine sculptures) and selecting the cardboard, the most time-consuming task is cutting the lanyards extremely thin; this fineness allows them to be more flexible to crumple, bend and fold. Then comes the gluing part (drying time is also very long), the bending part and the crumpling part, in order to create the structure. The overall time required to create these works varies from one piece to another, averaging between 15 to 70 hours.