I have always loved the Toile de Jouy. These monochrome prints of bucolic, mythological or exotic scenes have always captured my imagination. No doubt this is the effect they had on the French at the time they started being produced. It was the age of exploration and the wood block prints making their way from India at some stage were banned, leading to the development in 1760 of the famous factory in the town of Jouy by Christophe - Phillipe Oberkampf.
Enough with the history! Seeing I will be making my first appearance at a craft market this Saturday (Primrose Fair at Toorak College, Mt Eliza) I thought it would be good to have a series of totes for sale. Although they are all the same shape, they are still one- of-a-kind! There is not a one with the same print and the straps are of varying lengths.....
I love working with natural textiles. Gorgeous Elitis linens come in a multitude of muted shades that are perfect for creating that classic chequerboard look.
It does seem like it was many moons ago, but looking over my pics I remember what fun I had on my recent trip to Paris, hunting for haberdashery. The Abbesses area is great for textiles but I was hunting for trims and hardware. Rue de Saintonge in the Haut Marais has a handful of shops for maroquinerie, or leather work. I walked past these on many occasions, but naturally I made my largest purchases on the day of my departure. Gerard Diffusion is a small and dusty store near the apartment I was staying in in the Canal Saint Martin area. Not discouraged by Monsieur Gerard's gruff announcements that all items would require a ten piece minimum purchase, I blazed ahead in my best French, asked lots of questions, bought as much heavy metal as I thought I would be able to carry on my cheap flight to Milan the next day. By the time I left said Monsieur had transformed into a charming gentleman, keen to assist should I need to order any items from overseas. A big tick to Gerard Diffusion.
The time has come! I have decided to make my first foray into the hand made market scene! To that end I have been working on a collection of new leather patch totes that can take you to many places... There are many different colour variations - as usual, there are no repeats - all one-of-a-kind. Come see me at Primrose
will be held on October 4th
When I am not busy sewing down at our island retreat, I love spending time in my organic edible garden or in the kitchen.