Decorate your panels, furniture and objects
During this 2h30 workshop, you will discover with Ophélie the marquetry of straw, very old technique which consists of a collage of rye straw edge to edge.
Bernard DESPORTES has been trained at the École Boulle in Paris.
Creator of contemporary or style objects, he manufactures pieces of furniture (inlaid or not), based on his inpiration and on order.
Miniaturist for over 20 years, he has also been trained in the U.S., where he has developed a special skill of making furniture in 1/12th scale, specifically destined to dollhouse collectors.
Give it a second youth with the help of Christine Agostini or Virginie Chartier. No particular knowledge is required for this lesson.
Just come with your chair structure and let Virginie on mondays or Christine, one Saturday per month, help you upholster it in the respect of tradition ! Read more…
What’s a fiber ?
A fiber is an organism that takes the form of filaments, and is the backbone of some vegetals. Many vegetal or animal fibers exist, and about 30 million tonnes of natural fibers are produced every year. They are used to make clothes and other textiles, and also i the industry for packaging. Natural fibers are produced in many underdeveloped countries, and that production is often the only income source for many farmers.
Cork is a natural material formed in the bark of some trees, especially cork oak. It allows the tree to protect itself from insects, cold and bad weather. The extraction of cork is done following a particular technique. First, the tree has to be at least 30 years old before the cork can be first extracted. Then, the cork produced is called virgin cork and the operation consisting in removing this cork is called stripping. However, the extracted cork has a very irregular structure and is therefore impossible to work. This type of cork can only be used as an insulation material.
The invention of cardboard
After the invention of paper (papyrus) by the Ancient Egyptians, about 3000 years BC, cardboard was created in the U.S. by Albert L. Jones. This pharmacy technician had to send regularly glass vials, and he was looking for a way to keep them from breaking during the transport. He then had the idea of waving a sheet of paper between two other smooth sheets, creating a packaging more solid than simple paper. Cardboard then develops quite a lot during the Industrial Revolution. Halway through the nineteenth century, the English file a patent for a cardboard making machine, which will be used a lot even during the twentieth century, especially for packaging.
From Antiquity to Medieval Ages
The most ancient traces of glass we know of come from Egypt in the fifth millenia BC. It is not glass as we know it nowadays, but rather glass paste used for jewels, like pearls, or dishes. Glass was then a very precious material, which was later used by Christians in order to ornament the vaults of churches. It was even before the creation and development of stained glass, in the twelfth century, thanks to abbé Suger. Tranluscent glass only appeared from the fourteenth century, and it was decided to replace stained glass by that type of glass in some churches. Then, glass was more and more used, and during the seventeenth century, the creation of the Galerie des Glaces, by Louis XIV, in the Château de Versailles, is a testimony to this will to show the power of the Kingdom of France.