Wednesday, 15 February 2012

a weekend in Paris

A couple weekends ago Mr E was in Paris for work, editing an ad they just shot in Lisbon. He's been traveling a lot so I went down for the weekend to see him in the evenings, exploring Paris by day on my own.
Saturday I tried to avoid the sales and so decided to follow a few tips from Paris Made by Hand. I got off to a bumpy start, with the first store being closed for no apparent reason, the second gone...but then things picked up and I hit upon some little gems.Two that stood out were Malhia Kent. This is a gorgeous textile manufacturer that supplies to some of the big fashion houses. I could only afford a few scraps (pictured)...but I was grateful for those. I think I might try and make them into fish, or a fish, or something.
The other place that was truly amazing was Legeron. There they make the most divine silk flowers, from scratch! Incredible. Truly was a feast for the eyes.
Sunday morning we got up at the crack of dawn, scoffed a waffle and cafe latte and headed north to le march̩ aux puces Рthe flea market. Mr E could only stay an hour, but at least he had a little look about. I found this gorgeous children's book in the Dauphine section of the market. Beautiful illustrations and I love the cursive type. And so I added that to my stockpile of children's books to translate... In the Antica Vernaison section of the market we picked up some beautiful vintage fans.
And more fun little Frenchy trinkets. Stories. I was suckered in by the stories I was told about items. Like this figure for a carousel. "It was made by a man, who made children's toys. But he'd grown too old to finish this one." And I pictures a little old Frenchman making these glorious toys at a little old workbench...and now its sitting on by shelf. €3. How could I resist?
Business card for a gun shop. Awesome.Not sure what this is for but I had to have a beautiful paper note card like this.
Fabric. First dound this in a pile of teatowels. Lovely painterly illustration, can't wait to turn this into a pillow! Followed by... ta da! Not one but TWO linen tea towels of Tasmania! In Paris! Who else but I would buy these?! Tassie fauna, and birds. Fantastic. I also picked up a metal draw from a factory that was at a mountain or region called 'Hobart'. The city I'm from is Hobart, so obviously there's now way that wasn't coming home with me. It's lovely and worn-paint red.

And that was it for this trip!

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