Art de Paille, The Many Faces of Marquetry

Straw marquetry and wood marquetry have been booming in Europe since the 17th century. These two crafts are based on similar skill sets. For more than fifteen years, Valérie Colas des Francs has shaped rye straw in order to restore objects and furniture. The experience has given her a perfect knowledge of the various qualities of the craft and a sense of the durability of this noble, simple and adaptable material.
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Composed of numerous mineral elements, straw naturally catches light and reflects it in a surprising way. Easy to dye, it is an inexhaustible source for polychromatic fantasy.
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Since 2007, Art de Paille has gone beyond the classic way of straw marquetry in furniture and wall decoration and moved into the realm of fashion jewelry and accessories, through which Valérie Colas des Francs hopes to show the dynamic, radiant qualities of the material.
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From February 10-12, 2015, Art de Paille participates in Maison d’Exceptions, the space at Première Vision dedicated to haute création.
Photo Credits: Art de Paille