UPCYCLING VINTAGE FRENCH FABRICS INTO TODAY'S DESIRED NICETIES AND NECESSITIES.
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
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.