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Collage 17. Packaging & Labels. Bonne année

“Bonne année” was created using a French perfume box with scrap pieces of label from a champagne bottle I shared with my family in Paris 2009











For the base I rescued some gold butter paper about to be thrown out in the rubbish











The little window shows a pink flower



30 Days of collage Stephanie Levy

Don’t you just love crusty rusty patina on metals ? Tutorial

Don’t you just love crusty rusty patina’s on metal ?

I found this simple tutorial from “Treasures from the Heart” for turning keys, hinges, watch parts, jewelery scrap and all metal odds and ends into gorgeous weathered pieces to use in mixed media, art assemblage products and more…I’m going do a batch to use in my sculpture installations.

Treasures from the Heart: Rust and Patina How To

Treasures from the heart


Handmade- French Vintage Textile Cuffs


I finally finished some new textile cuffs … You can find them at Atelierinparis





“CLARA” Emmett gave Clara a fine French adornment on her wedding day…



Hand made cuff all hand sewn. Base layer of vintage midnite black leather, interwoven with 3 gold metal studs, shreds of deep teal shatung fabrics and teal threads. Next a layer of vintage velvets green and burgandy fabrics, topped with black tulle roses and bow, vintage red glass beads and sequins. An original antique French cross with Jesus sits with scrap ribbon, hand embroidered with the word Paris in black.

Backed with a scrap of vintage French black and red embroidered lace. An elastic loop is stitched for the 2 antique buttons to fasten on your wrist for elegance and style…

All my cuffs are Adjustable FITS ALL
Fits all sizes as it has adjustable sizing with the 2 buttons.


“JE T’AIME” – I love you…



Hand made cuff all hand sewn and dyed . Base layer of vintage scrap cotton doily, aged, with scalloped edges. Next a layer of vintage cream satin fabric with handmade floral ribbon, frayed edging, with the word “Je t”aime ” written.

Topped with vintage hand dyed doily medalions in deep rose reds and peaches and French fringing a top with little hand stitches in cream embroidery floss.

Topped with a beautiful black and cream Victorian style cameo rose, black ribbon cross and 2 antique buttons from France.

Backed with handmade floral ribbon, frayed edging, with the word Je t”aime written. An elastic loop is stitched for the 2, 1950’s fabric covered buttons to fasten on your wrist for elegance and style…


” CAN CAN LILY “ cabaret artistique dancer. Cheeky and provocative— Can Can Lily , dances nighty, seducing her audience, bending over and throwing her skirt over her back, she has beads and embroidery on the seat of her drawers.


Hand made cuff all hand sewn. Base layer of deepest aqua chantung cloth , interwoven with shreds of irridesent greens and sheer vintage laces. topped with shimmering black tulle fleur, laced with brilliant red, ruby red glass beads, a large gold fleur with other beading.

Backed with a vintage piece of black leather suede with a pretty pink ribbon stamped with “Merci” , a loop and a vintage teal button to fasten for elegance and style…

Adjustable FITS ALL
Fits all sizes as it has adjustable sizing with the 1 button and 1 large glass bead.







More coming soon…



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


My house and studio is stuffed with junk for my creative projects….

I have been collecting since I was born. I used to hide stuff under my bed in boxes as a child As an adult I’m still putting stuff into boxes, plastic bags and other strange things. I view my collections as arrangements. They are all art installations scattered around my place as well as material for use in my art and craft projects.

Walking through the streets to the local shop I always come home with something foot- trodden. A piece of paper, packaging, a bright piece of plastic, glass, all will be used in my creations eventually. When I travel overseas (much to the sometimes embarrassment to friends and family) I often pick up off the ground, bottle tops, lolly papers, wires bright bits of plastic, even if an item disturbs me I’ll bring it home. On a tour once in Europe the whole busload of passengers collected bottle tops for me.

My stuff may brood for years in a dark space or cupboard till I come across it again sending me off on another project. On my last trip overseas, I came home with 40 kilo of junk. I collected baguette bags,packaging, bits of string,wire,tags, advertising, stones, free ad cards, labels from food items, torn posters, a book and papers from a bin.

I collect found photographs and make up my own stories about the images. I collect everything vintage, as well as, scientific stuff, equations, wire, tin, bones, animal skeletons, fur, hair, watches, old mobile covers, eye glasses, shriveled things, found numbers and fonts from keyboards, magazines and advertising, boxes, packaging, all sorts paper, vintage clothes, fabrics, wall papers, shells, driftwood, snow-globes, toys, children’s books, games and so much more.

What do you like to collect?