Marie-Anne Thieffry – Lace-maker, cardboard sculptor

NORMANDY – 55 years old


Born in 1964 in Normandy, Marie-Anne Thieffry took courses at l’ESAG-Penninghen at l’ENSAAMA-Olivier de Serres, receiving a degree in interior architecture.

A creative director working in publicity for 25 years, she discovered cardboard in 2003 through the work of architects Franck Gehry and Shigeru Ban.

She decided to return to her first love and opened her workshop in 2010, where she spends all of her time. Her work expresses itself using various artistic areas: design, sculpture, graphic arts… with a common thread of using cardboard and recycled paper.


Marie-Anne has showcased her work at: Métiers et Objets D’Art in Deauville – Maison des métiers d’art in Pézenas – Révélations Grand Palais in 2017 – Triennale du Papier at Charmey Museum in Switzerland – Ob’Art Paris – Maison et Objet Paris – Salon National des Beaux Art Paris – Talents Etoile Paris – and has participated in the in a La Maison France 5 television report in 2015.



She is an artist with a strong ecological conscience. She sculpts the recycled cardboard she collects and shapes it in models. She pulls inspiration from the world around her, constantly searching light, color and rhythm in these two materials…

Techniques she uses include laminating carton’s graphic side, cutting it, and then gluing the sheets on top of one another. She crafts carton lace for its delicateness and braids paper for its 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 old and new. As a hybrid, it combines the savoir-faire of light manufacturers and sculptors. It is entirely revisited with cardboard, and qualifying an apprentice for this trade is not easy, as the trade (light manufacturer) is currently unclassifiable. But her desire for transmission is present, as is her desire for extra hands.



Marie-Anne 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.

Jacques Loire – Master glassmaker


Wilfrid Jolly – Coppersmith and designer