Category Archives: Textile craft

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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Charlotte Eco-Friendly. Handmade. Vintage. Recycled. Textile Assemblage Necklace.

Charlotte

 

 

Eco-Friendly. Handmade. Vintage recycled textile necklace. A vintage textile assemblage necklace collaged from recycled, vintage and antique elements to create layers & textures in French style.

 

Length -19 inches – 49 cm.

ABOUT
I created ” Charlotte”, from vintage cloth, hand – sewn and wrapped with vintage satin ribbons, crochet scraps and metallic silk threads. The necklace is embellished in places with Victorian bone beads, faux pearls and a 1800’s antique buckle up one side. This buckle was dug from the goldmines in Victoria, Australia.

Another buckle, Victorian, lay below, together with, a decorative metal fan shape with leaf embossing, a vintage glass bead in rose, a vintage, “Mother of Pearl” embellishment with an antique French doily attached to a hammered found tin, cap. Finished with a touch here and there of doily scap and antique tulle netting in antique cream.

 Charlotte

 

MATERIALS
Vintage cloth
Victorian bone beads
Antique, handmade lace, French doily attached to a handmade metal cap
An antique 1800’s buckle dug up from goldfields in Victoria Australia
Antique Victorian buckle
Dyed and aged satin ribbon, cream
Antique silk gold- gilded thread
Antique Mother of Pearl hanging embellishment
Vintage scrap doily lengths
Vintage metal fan & leaf embellishment
Faux pale rose pearls
Vintage gass bead with bubbles deep rose
Antique tulle netting cream

You won’t see this anywhere else!

Stylish, old world charm with a contemporary French feel.

See more Atelierinparis jewelry here

Handmade- French Vintage Textile Cuffs

 

I finally finished some new textile cuffs … You can find them at Atelierinparis

 

 

 

 

“CLARA” Emmett gave Clara a fine French adornment on her wedding day…

 

 

ABOUT CLARA
Hand made cuff all hand sewn. Base layer of vintage midnite black leather, interwoven with 3 gold metal studs, shreds of deep teal shatung fabrics and teal threads. Next a layer of vintage velvets green and burgandy fabrics, topped with black tulle roses and bow, vintage red glass beads and sequins. An original antique French cross with Jesus sits with scrap ribbon, hand embroidered with the word Paris in black.

Backed with a scrap of vintage French black and red embroidered lace. An elastic loop is stitched for the 2 antique buttons to fasten on your wrist for elegance and style…

All my cuffs are Adjustable FITS ALL
Fits all sizes as it has adjustable sizing with the 2 buttons.

 

“JE T’AIME” – I love you…

 

 

ABOUT “JE T’AIME”
Hand made cuff all hand sewn and dyed . Base layer of vintage scrap cotton doily, aged, with scalloped edges. Next a layer of vintage cream satin fabric with handmade floral ribbon, frayed edging, with the word “Je t”aime ” written.

Topped with vintage hand dyed doily medalions in deep rose reds and peaches and French fringing a top with little hand stitches in cream embroidery floss.

Topped with a beautiful black and cream Victorian style cameo rose, black ribbon cross and 2 antique buttons from France.

Backed with handmade floral ribbon, frayed edging, with the word Je t”aime written. An elastic loop is stitched for the 2, 1950’s fabric covered buttons to fasten on your wrist for elegance and style…

 

” CAN CAN LILY “ cabaret artistique dancer. Cheeky and provocative— Can Can Lily , dances nighty, seducing her audience, bending over and throwing her skirt over her back, she has beads and embroidery on the seat of her drawers.

 

ABOUT ” CAN CAN LILY”
Hand made cuff all hand sewn. Base layer of deepest aqua chantung cloth , interwoven with shreds of irridesent greens and sheer vintage laces. topped with shimmering black tulle fleur, laced with brilliant red, ruby red glass beads, a large gold fleur with other beading.

Backed with a vintage piece of black leather suede with a pretty pink ribbon stamped with “Merci” , a loop and a vintage teal button to fasten for elegance and style…

Adjustable FITS ALL
Fits all sizes as it has adjustable sizing with the 1 button and 1 large glass bead.

 

SOLD CUFFS

 

 

 

 

More coming soon…

 

 

Handmade Leather Bowls. Reclaimed Vintage Materials.

*Recycle

*Reclaim

*Reuse

*Remake

My latest creation is a 2 in 1- hand made leather vessel/bowl
Designed to be used either side for a different decorative look

 

A beautiful OOAK handmade vessel I created from soft leather scrap and reclaimed fabrics from vintage sources such as tableclothes and doilys. All moulded together with  French 1950’s dressmakers ribbons.
I use mine to display my antique & vintage button collections, shells and French coins on shelves and tables.

Buy my leather bowls at Cottontail shop

Crazy Rust Dyeing

Lately I’ve been experimenting with natural dyeing processes for fabrics and papers. I’m trying out rust dyeing at the moment. I want to build up a collection of natural and rust dyed fabrics and papers so when my next creative spurt comes around, I’ll have plenty to work with.

Over the years I have collected heaps of metal for my sculpture welding so I have plenty of bits hiding on my property just rusting away. The gathering of the metal objects, wrapping them with the fabric spraying with vinegar and binding with rope and wire is quite relaxing. I call it mummy wrapping.

It only takes a couple of hours for marks to appear but I like to keep mine for up to a week or two so I can get deeper impressions and colours. I discovered if I wrap fabric around old pieces of copper pipe the amazing teal green and red patinas are transferred to the fabric as well.

I’m happy with the end result and see connections to the abstract marks I create in my paintings. There are paintings in themselves

Go to my tutorial on Rust Dyeing here