All materials are carefully selected and 100% biodegradable.
Wicker – heirloom varieties
There are over 500 different kinds of willow, each displaying different colors, distinct fragrances, varying tactile qualities and more or less flexibility.
Willows prefer damp soils and participate in the natural evaporation process. They play a vital intermediary role between water and air. This may explain why weeping willows have symbolized the passage between life and death since antiquity.
When weaving the urns, I use wicker cultivated on my land at the foot of the Pyrenees. It is ideally located between two streams, and thus propitious to wicker growing. I grow over 25 different wicker varieties on a piece of land surrounded by hedges and planted with fruit trees that create, through this diversity, an ideal habitat for birds and amphibians. The vitality of this environment is enhanced and preserved thanks to biodynamic agricultural techniques. Maintenance and harvesting is done mainly by hand.
Wool and felt – Ouessant sheep
Wool is known for its warmth and coziness. The woven urns thus sometimes contain a layer of hand felted wool displaying various hues — white, gray, or brown — and providing the urns with a comforting and protective quality. The wool comes from our ewes and from other endangered breeds native to mountainous areas. The range of textures and colors inherent to this natural wool enhance the inventive craftsmanship of the urns in the same way as the use of various willow varieties.
Slate – the Pyrenees
Some of my urns are equipped with a lid made of slate that comes from the roofs of houses or barns located in our village, typical of the mountain architecture here in the Ariège Pyrenees. These slate shingles have protected dwellings from bad weather and the harsh climate for centuries, but with time, they will turn into clay, which seems entirely fitting for urns that are destined to return to the earth.
Nettle threads – the Himalayas
Some urns are equipped with nettle fiber cords in order to facilitate lowering them into the ground. The threads come from an NGO based in Nepal promoting the work of women in rural areas (http://www.nmefen.org.np/nproduct/allo-thread/).
Flint – Normandy
The nettle cords are attached to a piece of flint that has been naturally pierced by the erosion of the sea and the wind.