Mixed Media Collage. A Bunch of Dirty Collages.

“Another Bunch of Dirty Collages” created from found materials I picked up off the streets in Paris. My little collages are 8×6 inches – 19 x 14 cm.

These collages and more can be found in my shop

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I dirty up 180gsm.water colour papers with an old dye recipe then use bits and piece Ive collected over the years. My latest series of images I have recycled labels from a bottle of French Champagne we had in Paris last Xmas, lettering from advertising on packaging, found postcards, vintage book pages, vintage wallpapers, fabrics and stamps with paints, pens and inks and acrylic sealers.I find the process of collage is very relaxing .It frees me up and lets me play.

What things do you collect for creating ?

To view my Collages

About Collage

A collage (From the French: coller, to glue) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.

The term collage derives from the French “coller” meaning “glue”.[1] This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

Pocket Art Series. Recycled Art. French Packaging.

Small one of a kind transportable patches of Abstraction ready to go…Compact pieces of art for people on the move. My pocket art pieces came about when I needed to transport artwork from country to country. They are small mixed media textile pieces connected to my love of abstraction textiles, text and street art.

Walking my way across the surface I use coloured wools and wires as I would my paintbrush or charcoal, adding, whatever interests me at the time including, advertising papers, cards and packaging from Paris




Rue Pierre




Ooh La La




Hearts in Paris





Each one is a tiny 3.5″x2.5″ – 9x7cm and they come snugly displayed in a clear acrylic card holder

Indigo blue denim
canvas cloth
press stud
paris clothing label
originalParis stamp
Colored wools
found fonts
Acrylic sealer and more….

SIGNED and DATED by the artist

I really had fun creating these pieces and were created with a lot of care

Handmade Leather Bowls. Reclaimed Vintage Materials.





My latest creation is a 2 in 1- hand made leather vessel/bowl
Designed to be used either side for a different decorative look


A beautiful OOAK handmade vessel I created from soft leather scrap and reclaimed fabrics from vintage sources such as tableclothes and doilys. All moulded together with  French 1950’s dressmakers ribbons.
I use mine to display my antique & vintage button collections, shells and French coins on shelves and tables.

Buy my leather bowls at Cottontail shop

Crazy Rust Dyeing

Lately I’ve been experimenting with natural dyeing processes for fabrics and papers. I’m trying out rust dyeing at the moment. I want to build up a collection of natural and rust dyed fabrics and papers so when my next creative spurt comes around, I’ll have plenty to work with.

Over the years I have collected heaps of metal for my sculpture welding so I have plenty of bits hiding on my property just rusting away. The gathering of the metal objects, wrapping them with the fabric spraying with vinegar and binding with rope and wire is quite relaxing. I call it mummy wrapping.

It only takes a couple of hours for marks to appear but I like to keep mine for up to a week or two so I can get deeper impressions and colours. I discovered if I wrap fabric around old pieces of copper pipe the amazing teal green and red patinas are transferred to the fabric as well.

I’m happy with the end result and see connections to the abstract marks I create in my paintings. There are paintings in themselves

Go to my tutorial on Rust Dyeing here

Vintage French Inspired Wrist Cuffs




Shop Atelierinparis

Wearable Art – Textile Cuffs ” stunning one of a kind creations using vintage textiles, found objects embellishments and reclaimed jewelery bringing you a touch of 19th. Century French Bohemianism & romance.

“GYPSY BLOOD” wild seas tear us apart Oh! Gypsy Blood where are you …





Deep rose hand- dyed frayed cotton canvas topped with fragments of vintage black lace, twisted and stitched to decorate, vintage French brocade textile & shredded hand- dyed doily in deep rose, vintage olive green ribbon with hand stitched crosses in black tapestry thread and a vintage glass knotted button. All backed with aged cotton canvas and a torn piece of ribbon with Paris written, completed with a black elastic loop and vintage black button to fasten on your wrist for elegance and style.

Cuff Length with loop – 8 inches – 20cm.
Cuff Width – 2 inches – 5 cm.



Chamber maids are more affluent wearing long loose jackets mantlets and pellisess. Decorative cuffs and muffs for winter were becoming common. The coif was still worn but was rivaled by headdresses and bonnets. From The People of Paris: An Essay in Popular Culture in the 18th Century By Daniel Roche

Vintage tablecloth fabric dyed with acrylic tinctures with fragments of vintage French satin decor fringing , antique dyed lace, brocade textile. All topped with olive green ribbon and an old fabric covered button, decorative stitching of a cross and the words “I Am”next to a tiny dyed doily below a vintage glass button. All backed with aged cotton canvas and a torn piece of ribbon with word “Je t’aime” written, completed with a black elastic loop and vintage glass button to fasten on your wrist for elegance and style.


Cuff Length with loop – 8 inches – 20cm.
Cuff Width – 2 inches – 5 cm.

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