SAVOIR-FAIRE OF

CARTON/CARDBOARD

This savoir-faire enables a collected and recycled material to be put to use: carton/cardboard.

Imagining a bright future, welcoming all possible creative fantasies, enables the artisan to perform his or her work at a small cost.

The development of this activity in France boomed in the 2000s with functional (furniture) as well as decorative (sculptures, lamps, small objects) creations …

The cardboard sculptor must first find his or her material. Here, Marie-Anne Thierry uses double-splined cardboard, solidly wavy and generally commercial in size, that she is happy to shed. Bringing ecological value to work is important to the carton/cardboard sculptor.

Master, adapt and innovate are key words for lace-making, or sculpting, from cardboard. In fact, the act of transforming the material (through gluing and sculpting) is a true savoir-faire and 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 finesse allows them to be more flexible to crumple, bend and fold. Then comes gluing (drying time is also very long), of bending and crumpling for structure. The overall time required to create these works varies from one piece to another, averaging between 15 to 70 hours.