Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Black and Cream

Guinness? not wet enough!    Chanel? not pearls!        Just beautiful mother of pearl, vintage rosary beads and an old necklace with beads that still have lustre but some look like sea glass with an almost rough surface, fascinating.
Coming soon to BeauPapier.etsy.com

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

"Lydia, the Tattooed Lady"

Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia?
Lydia the Tattooed Lady.
She has eyes that folks adore so, and a torso even more so.
Lydia oh Lydia that encyclo-pidia.
Oh Lydia the Queen of Tattoo.

Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, music by Harold Arlen.

Inspired by a picture in Somerset Studio magazine, Lydia is a wooden artists's mannequin. Her joints were stained with black ink and her body painted with white gesso. Her tattoos were stamped in permanent ink onto white tissue paper, they were then torn around the edges and stuck to Lydia using matt gel medium.

She lives in a gessoed wine box, waiting for the interior and exterior to be decorated.................one day!

Friday, 8 October 2010

In the Pink

I'm not really a pink sort of girl, I have no clothes in pink, it would never be my colour of choice.
However when I grouped the latest gathering of treasures together, the pink background was the one that made them sing.

Hmmmm, perhaps I don't mind pink after all!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010


A few things from my collection of vintage sewing accessories. They remind me of my years as a fashion designer, these vintage treasures hold a fascination for me.

I found the small display dummy at a fleamarket, and though not old, I loved her shape. She was covered in shiny crushed velvet and plastic flowers.
I literally ripped all that off, and revealed her papier mache torso underneath. A couple of coats of matt black paint and she has become sophisticated and stylish. I think you will probably be seeing more of her in the future.