After years of reading other people's great blogs here I am making my own. My name is Stephanie Murray and I am highland Scottish. Although my roots are very important to me in everything I do in daily life I have chosen to live in France since leaving St. Martin's school of art in London some hundred years ago ! After more than thirty years of working in Haute Couture in Paris France, after moving to Brazil and creating my own label, after moving once more to China and after deciding to come 'home' to France I finally set up home in the south in sunny Nimes. In Paris I met up with Britt, a photographer from Minnesota with whom I shared the love of Jack Russells and France and vintage stuff and markets and anything transformable from oldly loved to possibly newly loveable. We ended up both in Nimes and began to collect French fabrics and tapestries and anything we could make into something. I found a great old apartment with huge rooms and high ceilings in the historic center and set up my workroom once more accompanied by my two Jack Russells Alias and Dora. Finally after years of dressing all the world famous models for dozens of fashion shows for designers such as Chloé, Inès de la Fressange, Karl Lagerfeld and Antonio Marras I decided to give up fashion as regards frocks and settle into deco-design and am working through a range of products made from upcycled, almost throw away materials. Here are a few of the pillows and bags and things made from our vintage finds which I sell on Etsy.com under our common store 'Metroart' a fabulous idea for a website presenting a window into people's craftwork from all over the world.

dimanche 17 avril 2011

Tapestry reborn.

At one point I took up tapestry and made thirty or so pillows in a flurry of wool and canvas and neatly stored them away for a future home with a sofa big enough to accomodate them all! In France I began collecting tapestries or 'canevas' as the French say in markets and sales all over the place. Many were really well made and others just had nice colors but they all were framed and had once hung in pride of place before fashions for such things changed. I took pity on these forgotten treasures and over the space of a year or so ended up with dozens of them with the help of my friend Britt who spots some of the nicest ones. The problem is that they are often dusty and musty and they don't lend themselves to the cosiness of pillows but a quick wash and tumble and they all turned out lovely and ready to be hugged. Here are some of the the more classic ones made into pillows, backlined in vintage fabrics or plain linens depending on the theme and are again lined in coton and zippered up.

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