When working on the recent article about the wooden construction toy Kapla, I briefly met Martine Lohiague, who for more than a year now has built and exhibited her Kapla productions in the window of her hairdressing salon in Eysines. I later arranged for a short-back-and-sides and while Martine was cutting my hair she told me a bit more about her unusual pastime.
How did it all start?
When I took over this hairdressing salon in Eysines, I decided to revamp the interior design. I wondered what activities I could provide for children. First I considered buying some toy cars, and then I thought of Kapla which ticked all the right boxes: it’s made of wood and is fun and interesting.
So what was the turning point?
Friends of mine went on holiday and I was left to house- and cat-sit. As this meant I was going to be away from home, to keep myself occupied I took my Kapla with me and I thought it would be fun if they returned home to a giant wooden construction. I copied a design to build a bridge and a train, and the more I did the more I realized it was a fun activity. I had to borrow bricks from friends to finish off this first venture, which eventually amounted to 1,340 bricks!
|Just a few of Martine's exhibits, including (top left) the railway bridge and locomotive which was her first production.|
|Summer 2015 exhibit, the "cabanes tchanquées".|
What are your next projects?
|A close-up look at some of Martine's handiwork, and (right) work in progress on the cabanes.|
- Find it on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- Martine's gentlemen's hairdressing salon, 63 Avenue Saint-Médard, Eysines
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