Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Marseille Craft Show - Tendances Créatives

Tendances Créatives was held at the Parc Chanot in Marseille over the weekend just past, I visited the Saturday morning (crazy busy, but still better without my kids!).

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This year it felt a little smaller than last, although better arranged/organised. There was also a larger amount of folks selling home-type products which really don't interest me (tools for making flower garnishes, cocktail mixing contraptions, leather shampoos and super-dooper tools that do one very specific thing rather well). If you've ever watched an infomercial, you'll know the stuff I'm talking about.

After a well-spent 10 minutes in reconnaissance (with coffee and the expo guide) I trawled all the rows and visited every stall. I would have liked to see more sewing stands - there was definitely less for seamstresses (and whatever the bloke equivalent is) this year.  Janome wasn't even represented so I couldn't test drive my latest object of lust, the Horizon 7700.

After the stalls I hit the Textile Gallery. The theme this year was silk, and these were the two pieces I liked the best:

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This one was hard to photo as the spotlights washed out a lot of the detail, but it's a machine appliquéd Chinese landscape.

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I love how the artist included some silkworm cocoons down the bottom:

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There were quite a few food vendors outside of what was offered at the café.

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Chocolate fountains: weddings, parties....craft fairs. 

I spent money here. Tons of dried fruit and nuts which you bought by weight. Some of the more exotic types included strawberries, grapefruit, kiwi and aloe vera.

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I was proud of myself here. I only bought three of these chocolates, for the mister and the big kids.

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My favourite display was that of tapestry artist Emöke.

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She had several of her large artworks on display/for sale, as well as a stall featuring her smaller items.

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This sucker is about 1.5 x 1.5 metres (5 x 5 feet) and the frames (which are tiered and also woven) are supported by wood.

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I wouldn't even know how to begin weaving a spiral pattern like this:

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This was hands-down my favourite piece. Y'all know how I love my colour gradations.

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This piece is 2 x 1.5 metres.

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I love the 3 dimensions to her work.

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Here's Emöke's booth, you can see her working away to the right there:

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This is what she was working on:

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More info on Emöke's work can be found on her website.

Let's get to the purchases, shall we? Sad to say I was very reserved this year (again an indicator of less merchandise for sewers).

I picked up this smallish piece of micro-suede for a very good price. I think it will become a cushion backing. Or... er... something (it will come to me, I just knew I needed to buy it.)

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I could really do with a skirt in this colour. Probably not in micro-suede though.

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I was super-happy to pick up a metre of this lovely British cotton lawn. Very Liberty-like.

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I think I am going to have to plan an entire quilt top around using this as a backing.

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Has anyone else ever done this?

8 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time and I love that patchwork type tapestry as well. She is obviously very talented, I'm not sure I'd have the patience..

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  2. Oh you had a great time there! I love the colorgraduation-piece and the blue-white-pink fabric you got... such great colors!
    Love, Maaike

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  3. I would have liked to pay a visit to the salon, I am amazed by the talent of Emöke, an artist that I didn't know.
    I love the fabrica that you bought, beautiful pattern and colors.

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  4. Oh, that fabric is TOO nice for backing! Cut it up large squarewith some smaller scale prints or plains for star points! It would make a lovely quilt FRONT!

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  5. Kirsty,
    I love the Chinese landscape and the tapestry with the zippers all over. I can't imagine being able to create something like that. Wonderful.
    Great photos too.
    aidan x

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  6. well thanks for the invite! it looks fantastic. i adore your backing fabric and it is absolutely a good idea to design a quilt around it. brilliant restraint on the chocolate front, i would have been a little piggy with it smeared all over my moosh

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  7. I love that lawn fabric! You could perhaps make it into a large log cabin and use it on the front of the quilt? There used to be a store near me that sold dried strawberries, but no more. I so adore them.

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  8. Sorry there wasn't more sewing-inspiration! Emöke's work is brilliant, though! I love the print you got! I've never made a quilt dictated by the backing fabric, but it makes sense to me!

    Now I crave one of those chocolates covered in coconut! :-D

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