Decoration and Dogs

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 I moved to Brazil where I created
my own label and then to China to design embroideries and purses and then back
'home' to France. I settled in the south of France before moving once more
inevitably back to Paris and back to fashion. In the south of France I took a
huge step back and tried to live a bit. I visited dozens of junk shops and flea
markets with my great friend and artist Britt Erlanson who has since created
her own label called Haekel Haus Company producing high end scarves and
fabrics. Both of us have Jack Russells which was initially the way we met and quickly
became inseparable. After some months in the sun I headed back to Paris I fell
once more into the world of high end fashion working with the Libanese designer
Rabih Kayrouz whose talent knows no bounds such is his gift for simplicity and
cut. He trusted me with his tailoring and his exclusive haute couture allowing
me to travel to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and around Europe following royalty wherever
their whims took them. In 2016 I received an invitation to work with Ines de la
Fressange again and create the ready to wear department for her reborn label
before transferring to a newly refurbished store on the rue de Grenelle. I was
sorry to leave Rabih who had become a friend but he totally understood and even
gave me a diamond necklace which has never left me since. Working with Ines de
la Fressange is easy; she has such an amazing eye for mixing up styles and
having fun through the process. I had the joy of working with her in the 1990’s
before her name was pulled from under her feet. Britt produced our prints and
exclusive buttons for Ines to coordinate the fabrics I sourced from a dealer in
end stock from such famous houses as Vuitton, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. I
met this wonderful young woman called Florence Barrett who did all the knitwear
working alongside Fleur Demery in the design studio. Florence in one of the
most charming girls I have ever had the pleasure to work with in the fashion
As I write this I have again
stepped back from the fast fashion world and am unofficially retired although
very much active creatively. I live in a huge old house where I can finally
surround myself with furniture, books, art and the most desirable of things, a
WORKSHOP !! In Paris space is at a premium but here in deep Pays de Loire space
is abundant albeit slightly isolated! The other attraction being a terrace, a
huge garden for my three dogs and a garage and outbuilding for storage. Those
who know me know about that! So enough written, I hope that you reader enjoy
these few posts.

dimanche 17 avril 2011

Vintage photo pillows.

These pillows have to be my favorites for many reasons. These images were collected over the years and when I lived in Brazil I asked a print company to try printing them for me onto fabric. Finding the right base was not easy as I wanted a good definition on the end result so I chose 340 point Egyptian coton which is usually used for five star hotel bedlinens ! It gives the final result an extra deliscious quality as the coton washes up to a sublimely soft touch. The school photo is from 1928 and is of an English school in São Paulo in Brazil which I found in a local antique street market when working over there. The little girl is an old French postcard and the women are only half the original image of six women from the 1930's, probably Brazilian as the photo was found in the same market as the school photo. I applied the photos onto stiffer linen fabric and backlined them in a patchwork of vintage French fabrics even using the original button closing which I integrated into the pillows. I have more such images to make into pillows or even children's garments like this little dress I made for a friend's now born baby called Sirine where I appliquéd one of the little girl's faces onto the draw-string bag I made to package the gift. I am quite sure that this dress will be packed away for future use. I love doing it and it has given me ideas to make a line of high end childrens wear as one offs.  

4 commentaires:

  1. Wow the cushions are gorgeous. What a great idea and I love your blog.

    Leeann x

  2. The shade of red you chose to outline the dress is wonderful. Well done. Now how about selling the fabric? :)