Workshop: Cut & Fold
from Toledo (Spain)
Nice to meet you Elsa. Who are you?
I am originally from Vendée (France). I always remember creating objects, jewelry, weavings with my hands … Without realizing it, paper as been a central part throughout my design studies. First at l’Ecole Boulle, then during my Architecture studies. It was the perfect material to make research models, both economical and offering endless possibilities of shapes and textures depending on its folding or assembly. It still fascinates me today! In 2015, as an interior designer, I started making paper lights inspired by the origami folding technique to meet my ever-present need to create with my own hands.
Cut & Fold was born! Today I keep exploring the possibilities of 3D paper for showcases, event decorations and objects to brighten up our interiors. My work oscillates between the clean lines of geometric volumes created by the folding of paper and more figurative creations inspired by nature. I love playing with the scales of the objects I create and using colored papers or with pretty patterns … in short, I am not ready to tire of this material so simple but so versatile!
Do you like Christmas?
I love Christmas, or rather all the preparation time leading up to it and getting the excitement up to D-Day! Preparing the house, wrapping the gifts, bake Christmas cookies… All this building excitement to finally arrive at the unwrapping of gifts and long family meals!
What is the craziest gift you received at Christmas?
The most unexpected, but no less useful: An electric drill! It stood out in the middle of the more classic gifts under the tree 😉
And the craziest gift you offered?
I especially remember the first time I was able to give a present as a child after discovering that -SPOILER ALERT- Santa Claus did not exist. Far from being sad, I was all excited and happy when my dad took me on my first “Santa’s expedition” to help him choose a piece of jewelry for my mom.
“I only share my first name (Elsa) with the Snow Queen. But if I could be an element I would be Fire.”
IN THE MOOD FOR CHRISTMAS
If you had to make just one Christmas paper creation, what would it be?
Without hesitation, an advent calendar! It is the essential object to wait for Christmas while decorating our interiors. Who does not dream of a pine forest to hide sweets, or a collection of small houses to light up each evening to recreate an entire village on December 24? I do.
What's your favorite Christmas series / movie?
The Harry Potter saga, perfect for young and old, to stay warm under a blanket.
What does the Christmas atmosphere inspire you? Are you more chalet in the mountain, Raclette and Firewood or Disneyland, Candy and Cartoon?
For me Christmas has always been an inspiring and ultra-creative period, everything is an excuse to “create”: a walk in the forest to collect holly branches and make a beautiful wreath, an afternoon of creative leisure to decorate the tree, or an evening to cook and bake with my family… And from a professional point of view it is THE time of the year when the most beautiful shop windows come to life, the magic of Christmas allows the craziest creations, it is so inspiring!
You currently live in Toledo: tell us about your Spanish Christmas?
In Spain the Christmas show is stolen by 2 other very strong traditional celebrations: the New Year’s Eve, where the whole country eats 12 grapes at midnight to ensure a happy new year, and the coming of the Kings Magi on January 6. In France we eat the galette des rois, in Spain it is the day we present our gifts!
How do you wrap your Christmas gifts?
With a lot of love, of course! Whatever the gift, we say that it is the intention that counts, and this intention is reflected in every detail of the package: a pretty paper, a matching ribbon, a personalized label … Gift wrapping is enters in the larger understanding of paper art and techniques of folding paper, which I know well!
THE ART OF GIFTING
Do you prefer a ribbon or a bow?
I would go for the ribbon, I like it a lot when it contrasts with the wrapping paper underneath.
Okay, a satin or organza ribbon?
Joker… I have a big crush on velvet! It’s the perfect winter fabric, such a smart look!
IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE WORLD
What would you ask?
In order of priority: replace chard with cakes, stop wars and preserve the planet, for real!
Photo credits @Benoitphoto for Impression Originale