After taking one year of leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quercus Suber contest marks its return in 2022. Led by the Provence Model Forest, this competition offers participants the challenge to sublimate the cork oak, the emblematic tree of the Massif des Maures, working its wood and/or its cork.
This approach gives participants visibility into their work, highlighting the regional craft and cork sectors, as well as new perspectives for the sector, which can contribute to its rebirth. After the great fire in the Massif des Maures last summer, the central theme will be the recovery of the burnt cork oak.
The competition prize-giving will take place on Saturday April 23 at 4 p.m., followed by the friendship drink.
The competition is divided into 2 disciplines where each will have its own jury:
- Jean-Yves Thibert, manager at the Camondo school of interior architecture and design;
- Isabelle Bourgeois, director of Domaine de Baudouvin;
- Frédéric Weeger, director of the design store Inter-faces;
- Delphine Dénéréaz, textile artist based in Marseille;
- Emma Bruschi, designer of straw clothing and accessories.
- Daniel Kaag, director of the Escoulen woodturning school
- Amélie Beausoleil, professional woodturner;
- Didier Gouillet, beekeeper, art collector and amateur woodturner;
- Claude Cailette, wood turner, member of the association Wood Turners and Arts in Provence (TABP);
- Axel Bortoli, turner and sculptor;
- Daniel Bombert, former journalist and director of cultural institutions, publisher and member of Forest Model of Provence.
Throughout the weekend a demonstration of woodturning will be provided by the Escoulen school.
On Sunday April 24, from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on the forecourt of the villa Noailles, the 2nd edition of the Peony Festival will also be held:
- Peonies from growers in Hyères and the surrounding area
- Flower braiding workshops with Emma Bruschi and tasting of frozen peony petals that she will have prepared
- Workshops with Delphine Dénéréaz
- Exhibitions of the group “Hyères in sketches and drawings” and the association “Hyères in photos”.
- Until April 30,
- the exhibition of the achievements of the Quercus Suber 2022 Art and Design Competition, Design and Filming categories on the theme of fire (with the participation in particular of the Boulle and Camondo schools);
- the exhibition of the photo report on post-fire regeneration in the Forêt des Maures by Nathalie Havez;
- The distribution of the Gazette du Chêne-Liège, the industry magazine, with a focus on the theme of fire.