The weekend just past I took my life into my hands and drove to Marseille for the Tendances Créatives: Salon du Loisirs Créatifs et Déco Maison.
Marseille is gorgeous but a lot of people there drive like they're on crack.
But it was well worth the adventure as I got to see lots of cool arty and crafty stuff.
The vendors were pretty much the same as last year. I got myself some nice spices and loose teas:
I also picked up some jewellery making supplies as well as ogling the already made pieces:
Emöke, the very clever textile artist was there again this year.
Stalker photo from behind a display.
She had lots of new work on display, including some of that of her students. It's hard not to be impressed by her bold use of colour.
I thought this installation was very clever - she's woven these pieces in 3D using recycled cardboard and plastic for support.
This year they had a large number of pieces on display from two associations: Librarts and Maestria Manuelles.
Here's the part where I have to admit to poor journalism skills - my recording of the artists' names left a lot to be desired.
If anyone recognises their work, please email me and I will add your details or delete the photo as you wish! Si vous reconnaissez votre oeuvre ici, SVP envoyez-moi un email et je mettrai à jour la photo avec votre nom ou je la supprimerai, comme vous voulez!
On to the art, which I found facinating. Even if a piece's subject matter or colours didn't appeal to me, the techniques used were really interesting. I had my nose to the display wall pretty much the whole time.
I really loved the close up on this piece:
Two layers of fabric (and other items), one layer cut away to reveal underneath:
The windows proved a popular theme. This piece was a collaborative effort:
Un Jour Orange de Les Mercredis du Librarts
(Cobie, Suzanne, Françoise, Monique, Simone, Sylvie, Myriam, Chantal)
Not only were the main panels interesting:
This one then had windows inside the window. Look at the work involved, the attention to detail. 'Tis amazing.
Here are some more interesting techniques and delightful details. Mixed media galore.
Adore this - the embroidery echoing the lace.
Love the use of fabric and metal thread to form the foliage:
Carnet de Voyage Imaginaire "Voyage au Coeur des Minéraux" de Chantal Foulon
The fabric has been dyed and treated to resemble rock salts:
Carnet de Voyage Imaginaire "Mon Jardin" de Cobie Bevers
Another one from Chantal Foulon at Librearts, titled Fusion, Fluide, Frisson.
Plenty of inspiration there for embroidery, patchwork and any sort of art you can imagine.
I have some more photos to show but I think I'd better save them for another day; this post is so photo-heavy my monitor's about to flip over.
Hope you're having a great week so far and that inspiration is abounding!
P.S. Today is my birthday.