I absolutely love Karen Ruane’s work.
Even Karen’s sketchbooks are works of art and a delight to view.
All photographs are copyright to Karen Ruane
Old Potato Sack Books. Recycled. Eco Friendly from Atelierinparis
Vintage Industrial Style Handmade Books
Old potato sack book,tattered and torn…
Rustic, vintage industrial style books, created from old Australian potato sacks, with beaut graphics.
Some have added scraps of text reclaimed from old tablecloths depicting, Australian places and wild flowers
Each journal is handmade and loaded with vintage papers recycled from an old business ledgers,handmade brown papers & tea stained white paper pages
All topped off with a tag written, Old potato sack book,tattered and torn…then finished off with a string or leather loop, with vintage upholstery button to close
See more books here Atelierinparis
Xmas ready to go …wrapped & recycled.
Xmas gifts wrapped using mostly recycled materials and ready to go…
Crisp white bread tissue paper, recycled blue string, dyed paper scrap, vintage 1950’s rubber stamp
Crisp white bread tissue paper, Xmas cutout from France, scrap pale green soft binding.
Mums handmade vintage crochet doily, scrap dishmop string, French scrap card
Mums beautiful hand-worked embroidery
Vintage French monogram cotton tea towel, found string, hand- stamped French tag
Indonesian sweet bag, scrap pale green ribbon, Xmas tag from France
Atelierinparis Wearable Art. Recycled. Assemblage cuffs, necklaces and more.
Charlotte. Handmade French Assemblage Necklace. Vintage Textile Necklace. Eco-Friendly.
The Tiger Lily lot
Paris Chic Necklace. Bastille Tribal . Recycled Necklace. Eco-Friendly in Moch Browns & Vanilla.
If you are looking for a unique, handmade gifts for Xmas or any other occasions. Check out all my Etsy shops.
French Inspired Handmade - Atelierinparis
Vintage & collectables – Nostalgi
Original Art - Outlook8studio
Today I sat by the fire all cosy and finished off 2 more wrist cuffs. They are all sewn by hand and each one takes about 5-6 hours to create .
I usually like to create my cuffs as I go along, stitching and choosing my fabrics, threads and bits and pieces from little clear boxes. I make up little boxes of inspiration by tossing in colours ,textures and interesting little things into little seperate boxes. I then can just cart them around with me in one big box all ready to create. I save plastic vegetable containers for this purpose and use a large cardboard strawberry box, I got from being a picker, many years ago.
Each cuff is (OOAK) one- of- a- kind , created using vintage, contemporary and unusual materials I collect in my travels. I title each cuff and will sometimes, write a little story about their origin, making them even more unique and special.
A huge “Thank you hugs and xxxx” to all my wonderful friends and family who also donate scrap pieces of fabric, lace and buttons for my cuff project.
You can find more info on my wrist cuffs and other things I create over at Atelierinparis
When Marie Antoinette wardrobe of clothes was ripped to shreds, she gathered the scraps of cloth and made poignets (wrist cuffs). She would wear them in memory of her beautiful home and gardens of Versailles.
“THE MUSE” was once the female figure deity, platonic ideal, mistress, lover, wife whom poets and painters called upon for inspiration. The cuff, a gift from the “l’artiste” to his muse.
More coming soon !
My Beautiful French Paper Napkins
I love to collect napkins . These ones are very special to me and would have to be my favorite ones. Each napkin is covered in little rabbits, squirrels and reindeer with children playing in the snow, wearing colorful hats, coats and hand mittens.
Story behind these napkins…
I found these beautiful paper napkins in Paris. I bought them for our Xmas dinner at my son-laws parents in 2009. We had 11 courses of decadence consisting of colorful seafood terrains, Brittany crabs, lobster, chicken voulavents, duck, venison, deserts and to finish it all off, a huge chocolate buche covered with little ceramic ornaments. All this, while watching the Eiffel Tower lights twinkling out the window. I’m very spoilt when I live in Paris.
Paper Napkin transfers are fun too… check out this video