Having trained as an accountant, I discovered wickerwork the
day my path crossed that of an old man from Prat-du-Périgord
who wanted to pass on his knowledge and skills.
This was no accident; I needed to work, to create, with my
hands. The providential meeting with this person showed me the
I did a professional reconversion course in wickerwork and
validated my newly acquired skills with a CAP [certificate of
professional aptitude] in wickerwork at Fayl Billot in Haute
Marne, the only school to propose such a diploma.
With my husband's help, I built a workshop at Lacapelle Biron:
Les Tresses de Sylvie [equiv: Sylvie's Plaits]. For ten years
I continued with this adventure in combination with various
other activities but eventually decided to pour all my energy
into my wickerwork trade and moved my workshop in June 2015 to
Issigeac, an authentic and vibrant village.
I cultivate a small osier bed and, just like I do with
chestnut, I harvest my raw materials thus carrying out the
process from A to Z. My creations are either made to measure
to the customer's specifications or are my own, created from
my own inspiration and ideas. I also repair baskets, chairs
and other plaited wood objects.
Today it is my turn to transmit the ancestral skill of
wickerwork and basket weaving to others. I hold relaxed,
enjoyable introductory courses during which we can take our
time… just like in the olden days. Art, authenticity and
quality all year round.
The word 'magic' came to mind when I saw a simple "piece of
chestnut wood" transformed into an arm basket.
Chestnut's splints of varying widths, willow's warm colours …
With its multitude of essences, wood is a living, noble
material which, when we know how to tame it, allows us to
design and make a thousand and one objects.
Everybody goes home with the object they have made!
-1h30 for children and adults (from 6 years old ) Rate: 10€
-Full day (6 hours) Rate: 50€
- 1hr weekly sessions : Rate 8€ per session or 80€ per term
Please contact me for further information : +33 (0)6 88 13 78 77