Brocante’s in Paris & Vintage French Stuff.

Brocante’s in Paris & Vintage French Stuff.

On my last trip to France in September I bought home 5, 7kg. boxes of stuff, mainly vintage back to Australia.  I am slowly listing some in my shop,  Ateliernostalgi

A couple of times a year the Parisians clear out their apartments and have brocantes (markets) along Seine and in the parks. The local school had a massive market in a park and found modern and vintage stuff.

Early 1900’s fancy French monogram stamps.

I seemed to be in Paris at the right time, as there were brocante’s around every corner. I set out with my son-in-law and daughter, or my French family and we would stroll the markets and they would haggle for me in French.

I found a few vintage dolls to add to my growing collection.

A Brittany lady

and chimney sweep.

This one is ceramic and plays music. Probably 1960’s, 70’s, maybe earlier, haven’t researched her yet.

 

Old tins are always my favorite’s for storing art materials in the studio.

 

 

An authentic antique,1900’s, French consomme, or gravy spoon. Made from brass and has a stunning ceramic handle, painted with flowers tapering down to a decorative brass area

 

 

I also noticed, if I mentioned I was Australian I was given things for a lot less.  At one stall i was given freebies. Aussies must have been flavour of the month.

Vintage Bric a Brac. This Moroccan ceramic container has a beautiful, muted green-grey luster glaze and gold lustre on the tip of the lid.

 

 

Bundles of old music and magazines are everywhere. I always come home with a load. Some are very fragile and over 100 years old. I use them in my artwork, as well as, I list them in my vintage shop sometimes. Ateliernostalgi

 

 

This little beauty will be staying with me for awhile. Not bad for 7EU (9AU).

 

 

This is a souvenir of Syracuse. This paper manufactured only at Syracuse is identical to the Egyptian Papyrus used by the Pharaohs. Papyrus is the rarest and most esteemed relic of the ancient civilization.  It comes with guarantee certificate on the back.

 

 

I found these antique lace collars and linens in a box of newer stuff. It always, pays to scrounge through all boxes to find hidden gems.

 

 

More bric a brac.  A cute trio of blue glaced ceramic animals. A gorgeous stylized bird, little pig scattered with flowers and teeny- tiny frog.

 

 

Last, a little Jewellery box filled with old Asnieres train tickets. The jewelry box is from a jewellery store in Asnieres, no longer around. It has writing inside with the name and address of the jeweler’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Château of Versailles and the beginning’s of something

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Walking through the hundreds of rooms at Château of Versailles, I couldn’t help but notice, the old, stuffy smell and the sound of squeaky, footsteps upon the ancient floors. So, I made a sound video and took close up shots of the wallpapers and other surfaces.

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I mainly had a fascination with the “over the top” décor, decorative surfaces and patterns.

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Below the surfaces of this show of power and extravagance, was a history of passion, debauchery, sex, treachery, brutality, corruption, torture and death. I imagined the exotic and beautiful people, the power of the Kings, the abuse of women, Marie Antoinette and the peasants who starved in villages.

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I also was taken back to my childhood, when, I enjoyed being in my own little world creating, away from the real world. My mum used to make gorgeous clothes with beautiful fabrics and trimmings and I was given the leftover’s. I taught myself to make collage’s, wall hangings, to decorate my room from a very young age.

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When I was older, I decorated my bedroom with scarves, scraps of fabric and tacked up old bedspreads, made from cotton and woven fringes. The bedspreads became a wallpaper backdrop for my bed that I made into a couch.

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I made heaps of cushions and would sit for hours reading, Go Set and TV Week, magazines. The pop star posters were stuck onto the other 3 walls and ceiling.

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I have a pile of vintage French fabrics and  papers and have been playing around with a few ideas and may look into having an arts residency, nearby in the future.

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Vintage Victorian- Style Silk Paintings. 1950’s.

I like to give objects from the past a new life. I create with vintage finds, use them as props in photos and make installation’s. Mostly, I enjoy having them around me and sharing with others. These gorgeous vintage Victorian style silk miniature’s are becoming harder to find. They are from the 1950’s, available in my shop ateliernostalgi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade French Bohemian Wall Hangings. Vintage French Chic.

Handmade French Bohemian Wall Hangings. Vintage French Chic.

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“Ateliernostagi “ Stunning one of a kind creations using vintage elements, textiles, found objects, embellishments and reclaimed jewelry bringing you a touch of French Bohemianism & romance to your home.

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I love making my French wall hangings. They are, all handmade using many creative processes and layers.

 

The base is made from thick board, covered with canvas. I then wrap it all with plaster cloth, to give texture and an old world feel. The whole lot is then painted with white Gesso paint.

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Then several layers of acrylic paint are topped with, antique 1900s, French magazine scraps and vintage wallpapers. I then peeled, sanded and scraped back the surface to reveal the previous layers. Like peeling back years of wallpaper and paint layers in a derelict building.

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For the next layer, I embellish with vintage elements, French fringe, tassel in peach pink and shredded vintage French laces and sheer fabric scraps. All finished of with some French trim to hang.

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The final layers of embellishment can sometimes take weeks, until I find, or make, the right item I’m happy with.

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They look great hanging in the boudoir, or any other room in the home.

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French Boudoir. Art Nouveau. Antique. Upcycled. Vintage Shop.

French Boudoir. Art Nouveau. Antique. Upcycled. Vintage Shop.

Old Pram Wheel (Up-cycled)
Vintage Industrial home décor. Photo drawing holder when clips added. Found object wall piece. Industrial, shabby, stylish and textured in white –distressed- rubber tyre – spoke wheel – wire-garden décor – home décor – sculpture-found object art-Duchamp

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French Boudoir Pillow
Beautiful handmade, French Boudoir pillow. Made in France, 1920s.
Art Deco peachy, pink, soft satin pillow with layers of soft French lace. It has been stitched closed at back with lace so, I do not know what it’s stuffed with. A lovely piece for the boudoir or bedroom, vanity table, dresser, dressing room, chair or as a display prop.

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Antique Suspender Buckles
Metal Detector Finds: Various buckles. Found in the gold fields in Victoria Australia. Most are suspender buckles and in general they are complete. These are all basically brass or copper. There are 10 – 1800s, Brass Copper Suspenders, Belts. One has 1865 engraved on it and most have the word Paris. I cant work out what the others say.

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Antique French Eggcups
Antique French Victorian/ Art Nouveau Silver Egg Cups. A lovely pair of antique handmade epsn silver egg cups. Decorative and Engraved. Beautiful silver patina with hand engraved scrolling and flowers surround an area for initials to be engraved.

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SOLD

Vintage Bronze Forks
Set of 6, Vintage 1970s, handmade, Fish/ Cocktail / Pickle forks from Thailand.
Made from nickle bronze engraved with a god/goddess figure on an elephant The handles are handmade from wood. Each one hallmarked Nickle Bronze – Thailand.

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Tribal Necklace
An original handmade tribal necklace/choker made from heavy brass beads, with beautiful patina’s, solid leather skin strapping, wire coils and a handmade wire loop/clasp, to close. I have not cleaned the piece!

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Two Wooden Bangles
Two very interesting vintage wooden bangles from the 1970s.The round bangle has a stunning shape and beautifully formed from a deep brown wood. The c shaped bangle has an amazing unique shape. Both bagles are super smooth to touch

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SOLD

Vintage Black Dotty Trim
Vintage trim 1950s. Stunning, delicate and ever so soft vintage nylon dotted trim.
This listing is for, 10 Yards – 9 Meters of white trim with black dots on white background.

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