Château of Versailles and the beginning’s of something


Walking through the hundreds of rooms at Château of Versailles, I couldn’t help but notice, the old, stuffy smell and the sound of squeaky, footsteps upon the ancient floors. So, I made a sound video and took close up shots of the wallpapers and other surfaces.


I mainly had a fascination with the “over the top” décor, decorative surfaces and patterns.


Below the surfaces of this show of power and extravagance, was a history of passion, debauchery, sex, treachery, brutality, corruption, torture and death. I imagined the exotic and beautiful people, the power of the Kings, the abuse of women, Marie Antoinette and the peasants who starved in villages.


I also was taken back to my childhood, when, I enjoyed being in my own little world creating, away from the real world. My mum used to make gorgeous clothes with beautiful fabrics and trimmings and I was given the leftover’s. I taught myself to make collage’s, wall hangings, to decorate my room from a very young age.


When I was older, I decorated my bedroom with scarves, scraps of fabric and tacked up old bedspreads, made from cotton and woven fringes. The bedspreads became a wallpaper backdrop for my bed that I made into a couch.


I made heaps of cushions and would sit for hours reading, Go Set and TV Week, magazines. The pop star posters were stuck onto the other 3 walls and ceiling.


I have a pile of vintage French fabrics and  papers and have been playing around with a few ideas and may look into having an arts residency, nearby in the future.



Healing and Creating. Vintage Wrist Cuffs.


Having torn my leg muscle lately,I’ve been forced to slow down and rest up for 6 weeks so it will heal. Today, I’m sitting on the couch with a warm fire creating fabric wrist cuffs. My lounge room is a gorgeous mess of vintage scraps and odds and ends in boxes, bags and tins.


I like to layer my cuffs, by tearing strips of vintage fabrics, lace, netting and hand dyed doileys I then hand sew them together leaving the edges raw .I then overlay the fabric layers with anything interesting I can find like:  metal , rocks ,sea glass, old beads, buttons, broken jewellery, watch parts and bits & pieces gathered from here and Europe.


I also create custom – made wrist cuffs for people who give me old fabrics and embellishments they have collected. Usually, the items hold a special memory, or story for that person. I then create a special wrist cuff for them out of mums buttons, grannies brooch or flea market finds from travels.



Every cuff conjures up a story for me so, I give each art piece a name and a little story in the description.

All the fabric wrist cuffs on this page have now been sold

You can see my other fabric wrist cuffs and more handmade items in my shop Atelierinparis

Some of my favourite things I found today – 20+ Crafts To Make From Recycled Items

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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