Un brin d'Osier, Un brin d'Idée...
At the beginning a moment, a meeting, the wish to find wicker animal heads met in old Spain farmhouses especially in Ibiza.
Spain, Portugal, South of France second-hand trades, no way to find the desired item.
That's how came the idea to recreate this design working with basket makers to make these past tag items becoming true.
This is the beginning of Un brin d'osier, un brin d'idées, whose concept is the design of wicker items having a vocation for home decoration.
Olivier Cajan has been dedicated himself for years.
The wicker or rattan bull head remains the central reference of a wide range of other animals (cicada, donkey, stag,...) but also smaller items made for Christmas or table decors (clover, star, fir tree, angel).
The bull head creation has been completely reviewed : uncluttered shapes, clay trials, wood sculptures, and finally a lot of tests with wicker and rattan in different sizes and designs.
Raw material of basketwork, wicker comes from young shoots of willow tree in very irrigated places. Only one annual harvest, in the winter and at ground level, allow to collect long stalks gathered in bundles of 1 to 2.5 m in thickness varying from a few centimeters. Before meeting the skilled hands of weavers, these rods should be immersed for hours or days to give them the required flexibility for the painstaking manual labor.
Rattan comes from a special vine of southeast Asia, rattan. Its reproduction is virtually unlimited as related to the high humidity of tropical forests. It grows by pushing to the summit of huge trees.
The core of the rattan is cut into different diameter cylinders (strands from 1 to 5 mm) to obtain a natural material (rattan cord) ready to be braided.
His appearance is naturally white and ages to amber over the years. Smoking or other colorants can give a wide range of shades according to the needs.
The ancient craft that has developed around basketry aimed to make different containers like baskets, trays or harvest baskets...
In Vallabrègues (Provence), known in the late 19th century thanks to Vincent, the basket maker in love with Mireille (Frédéric Mistral famous opéra), basketry was a foreground activity. The significant production of baskets and bins for the agricultural craft allowed him to claim the name of French basketry capital city.
In Spain and Portugal, more diverse purposes with less common and more decorative patterns "initiatives" have appeared in the early 20 th century (bags and shopping bags for ladies, wall decorations ....). The natural materials used (reeds, straws, wild trees ...) have allowed to obtain a lot of different items, in particular the reproduction of animals and especially the head of an iconic animal for these countries: The bull.