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May 5th, 2013
I came across these photos I took last year at the Toile de Jouy Museum. The toiles were all traditional red and white, but I’ve been influenced my Instagram where technology helps reality be more interesting. At the museum there were two slipcover examples–a sofa and a daybed– that are just wonderful. I like them because they look like slipcovers. I have always thought slipcovers should look like slipcovers; they shouldn’t look like upholstery. I mean if you want your sofa upholstered, have it upholstered, right?
Here, the slip cover goes over the cushions–not individually wrapped. I could do without the scallop edge. It seems like a tedious amount of extra work.
The day bed–the curtains are a bit grand, but why not–who wouldn’t want a good pelmet?
April 13th, 2013
April 10th, 2013
If these images were books; and if I organized my books by color, they would be mixed on my shelf with: Wonders of Rome- Eternally Beautiful, Grey Cheeked Parakeets and Furnishing the Colonial and Federal House. And, if I had the job of naming paint colors, I would name them: Lubinus Brown, Melton Gold, and Brønderslev Blue.
I took this photo one morning in Paris. It is the remains of my coffee bowl. Tasseography is Fun!
This is a painting my boyfriend found at Clignancourt. It is nice to have a photo and not another painting. It is nice to have a photo and not another painting–an affirmation for the horder. You can switch out painting for anything else.
A favorite stain glass window, in the crypt at Chartres.
November 1st, 2012
October 17th, 2012
When in Paris this summer, we took a day trip to Chartres. The cathedral is having a clean up– restoration and painting to emulate that of the 13th century polychromy. It was a bit of a shock to see it. The contrast between light and dark new and old. One does find a sense of reverence there. For me, it is for the craftsmen working now and then those of the past that built it. Many of whom would have worked on it their entire lives.
October 3rd, 2012
Some photos I took last December on a trip to Beijing–these at the Ming Dynasty Tombs.
August 15th, 2012
The term Toile de Jouy is used, I was told by a textile dealer at Clignancourt, to describe all toiles of this type regardless of the location of the factory production– like Nantes–as in toile de Nantes. From Paris, I took the train to Jouy-en-Josas where the Oberkampf factory was set up in the 1750’s to print their cotton fabrics. When I arrived, it was just me at the Museum of Toile de Jouy and when I left there were a couple of ladies. The museum has a wonderful archive of toile de jouy– a few you can see below.
February 16th, 2012
February 15th, 2012
October 21st, 2011