Centuries-old decorative art, straw marquetry is a technique from the Far East akin to that of wood. Forgotten for many years, it regained its nobility in the 1930s, notably with the decorator André Groult, the grandfather of Lison de Caunes, who leads this enriching workshop.
By the end of the training, the participant will have assimilated:
This training opens the doors to the rarely explored universe of straw marquetry under the exceptional guidance of Lison de Caunes, a leading specialist in this practice. During one week, each participant will discover the ancestral techniques that breathe life into this refined form of artistic expression.
Participants will explore the subtleties of using straw to create sophisticated patterns that have adorned works of art and sumptuous objects throughout history.
The learning process will include the meticulous selection and preparation of straw, as well as an understanding of its different nuances of colors and textures.
Guided in the delicate art of assembly and creating patterns from straw, participants will transform surfaces into supports for creative expression.
Beyond technical skills, participants will have the opportunity to explore the history and cultural significance of straw marquetry.
They will discover how this art has evolved across eras and cultures, contributing to the enrichment of craftsmanship and interior decoration.
Lison de Caunes studied at Union centrale des Arts décoratifs in Paris. She then decided to perpetuate her grandfather Andre Groult’s tradition. She started working with straw marquetry in the 1970s and quickly became a specialist. She spent years restoring antiques and Art Deco furniture. Today, she dedicates her craft to creating made to order furniture, wall panels or objects for interior designers and decorators. In 2015 she launched Lison de Caunes Création, her own design line. Over the years she has curated several exhibitions. She also published books on straw marquetry.