Marie-Anne Thieffry – Lace-maker, cardboard sculptor

Normandie – 1964


Marie-Anne Thieffry was born in 1964 in Normandy. She attended class at l’ESAG-Penninghen and at l’ENSAAMA-Olivier de Serres, both located in France. She received a degree in interior design. Then, she dedicated her professional career as a creative director in advertising for more than 20 years.


Still passionated about arts, she has discovered cardboard as a tool to create in 2003. But her craft vocation came back to her and, in 2010, she has decided to make up with craftsmanship. Consequently, she has opened her workshop in 2010 where she has spent all of her time ever since.


Marie-Anne Thieffry expresses herself through her works of art, by using various artistic areas: design, sculpture, graphic arts, etc. Her sources of inspiration have been Franck Gehry’s and Shigery Ban’s works. The common thread of all her creations is the use of cardboard and recycled paper.


She has showcased her art in several exhibitions such as Métiers et Objets D’Art in Deauville (France) or Révélations Grand Palais in 2022 (Paris), etc.  Plus, she has participated in La Maison France 5 television report in 2015.


Research and innovation

Marie-Anne Thieffry is an artist with a strong ecological conscience. She sculpts the recycled cardboard she collects, and shapes it in models. Her inspiration comes from the world around her. She is constantly searching light, colors and rhythm to create.


After realizing molds, the craftswoman uses different techniques. There are the lamination of the cardboard’s graphic side, cutting, and then gluing the sheets on top of one another. She crafts cardboard lace and braids paper. Each pieces she realised are delicates for with a rhythmic quality.


She tirelessly seeks to evolve her technique, transforming cardboard and paper in unexpected ways. Thus, Marie-Anne is beginning a new period in which she mixes different materials with recycled cotton.


Will to transmit

Her trade is both old and new. It is related to several savoir-faire such as light manufacturer or sculptor, entirely revisited by the craftswoman with cardboard. Having an apprentice is not easy as the trade is currently unclassifiable. But her desire for transmission is present as the one for extra hands.


Marie-Anne Thieffry spends half of her time slicing cardboard (double spline) before starting a work of art. A cutting machine saves her five hours a day. Fondation Rémy Cointreau participated in the acquisition of this machine.


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