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Madrid Artist Javier S. Medina: The Master of the Woven Grass “Eco Trophy”

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Madrid Artist Javier S. Medina: The Master of the Woven Grass “Eco Trophy”

July 16, 2021

When we admired the woven grass buffalo head in Hollister and Porter Hovey’s recent townhouse staging, they tipped us off about Javier Sanchez Medina: “We’ve been collecting straw animals for years now,” said Hollister. “Some are from the artisan market in Mexico City, some we’ve happened upon in New York and Connecticut, but Javier is really the reigning king of this craft.”

They might have also called him the Adonis—Medina’s creations and he himself have appeared of late everywhere from a new Loewe campaign to Icon magazine, and the Hovey sisters and Sarah Jessica Parker are among the many who have made pilgrimages to his atelier in Madrid. Count us among the intrigued.

Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy Medina&#8\2\17;s shop is in an atmospheric old carpentry studio in Madrid&#8\2\17;s Malasaña neighborhood.
Above: Medina’s shop is in an atmospheric old carpentry studio in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood.
Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy Medina is from Extremadura, and calls himself a self taught &#8\2\20;basketmaker.&#8\2\2\1; He learned to braid grass the traditional from his grandfather: &#8\2\20;I remember him in the courtyard weaving bulrush chair seats,&#8\2\2\1; he says in a Loewe video. Medina specializes in making fanciful animal heads that he&#8\2\17;s dubbed &#8\2\20;ecological trophies.&#8\2\2\1; He also restores antiques. Photograph by Alvaro Lopez.
Above: Medina is from Extremadura, and calls himself a self-taught “basketmaker.” He learned to braid grass the traditional from his grandfather: “I remember him in the courtyard weaving bulrush chair seats,” he says in a Loewe video. Medina specializes in making fanciful animal heads that he’s dubbed “ecological trophies.” He also restores antiques. Photograph by Alvaro Lopez.
Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy Visitors to Medina&#8\2\17;s shop get to see him at work. He only uses natural materials: esparto grass, bamboo, wicker, and rattan, and stitches his animal heads together with twine. Photograph via CN Traveler España.
Above: Visitors to Medina’s shop get to see him at work. He only uses natural materials: esparto grass, bamboo, wicker, and rattan, and stitches his animal heads together with twine. Photograph via CN Traveler España.
Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy Medina opened his shop in \20\14; he now also sells his work on his website and ships it around the world. Shown here, a Rhinoceros, €350, and pig (available on request). Photograph by Davit Ruiz for Loewe.
Above: Medina opened his shop in 2014; he now also sells his work on his website and ships it around the world. Shown here, a Rhinoceros, €350, and pig (available on request). Photograph by Davit Ruiz for Loewe.
Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy The animal heads come in a range of sizes and Medina also makes decorative mirrors: the Wicker example on the back wall is €90.
Above: The animal heads come in a range of sizes and Medina also makes decorative mirrors: the Wicker example on the back wall is €90.
Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy A lion head modeled by actor Jaime Zatarain.
Above: A lion head modeled by actor Jaime Zatarain.
Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy Medina has preserved the historic feel of his atelier.
Above: Medina has preserved the historic feel of his atelier.
Madrid Artist Javier S Medina The Master of the Woven Grass Eco Trophy The shop is at \28 Calle el Escorial in Madrid. Medina also offers four day workshops in which participants get to try their hand at this craft, eat at his favorite restaurants, and meet other local artisans. Follow him on Instagram @javiersanchezmedina. Photograph by Alvaro Lopez
Above: The shop is at 28 Calle el Escorial in Madrid. Medina also offers four-day workshops in which participants get to try their hand at this craft, eat at his favorite restaurants, and meet other local artisans. Follow him on Instagram @javiersanchezmedina. Photograph by Alvaro Lopez

Another must-visit Madrid shop: Casa González y González, Better Tools for Living

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