Life at Kerjacob .

Life at Kerjacob .
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Thursday, 12 June 2014

More vintage textiles.




So, here we go with more lovely things.
I cannot really remember a time when I haven't
loved everything to do with textiles.
I can remember as a child looking
at all the buttons in my
Nan's button box.
I still have many of them.
So to go to a textile fair is always a delight.

I thought the jacket below was beautiful.
It was  tiny so it didn't come
home with me.








The jacket below is a typical Breton style.




There was a lot of chanvre or hemp
which was heavily embroidered in very bright
floral designs.











Always a favourite of mine is the linen embroidered with red,
here the seller had added the lovely red ribbons
to keep the napkins together.







 Then there were many hats, look at old photographs and everyone wore a hat.






Tables full of beautiful lace, I can remember having some detachable lace collars on dresses
when I was a little girl.





Some amazingly beautiful intricate pieces of embroidery.






The piece below was just so beautiful.





Rails of period clothes.
You need to be slim to fit most of the vintage clothes.
People were much thinner in the past, many
with tiny waists and women wore very
tight corsets.







So last of all what I fell for, these sweet little cases.
I bought a small brown one but had to go back and get the blue one.
They are now being used to keep jewellery in.
I LOVE them.











Monday, 9 June 2014

My day at the vintage textile fair.




Two weeks ago I was at our  annual textile fair in a lovely town called Pontivy.
I had five tables of textiles for sale which I've collected over the last couple of years.
It now gets more and more difficult to find really lovely things.


Part of my stand showing the vintage dresses and blouses
some dyed with indigo.


The day starts at about 6am but of course I spend a lot of time
 the week before making sure all my linen is
 laundered and looking as good as possible.



This beautiful sheet was sold.


Then everything has to be carried in and I spend about an hour getting everything
displayed.
I love all my linen and its important to me that it look its best.






Although its a twelve hour day at the fair I love it
 as there are so many people there who are selling or buying
textiles because they love them.
It's a passion.





I love the monogrammed napkins embroidered in red.
( Brigite Bardot didn't turn up !)






I love this chintz fabric - sometimes I think I'll keep it but I can't keep
everything that I find or fall in love with.






The lavender bags are ones that I've made out of linen
 and printed with copies of old photographs.
The lavender is from my garden.




The sheet below is made out of linen and its beautiful - it's for sale
for 120€.




In my next post I have lots more lovely things for you to see.
I'll also show you what I bought.






























Wednesday, 28 May 2014

More from Fes - Morocco.



I am sorry that I have been somewhat slow in posting but here we go with 
some more photos of our visit to Fes.


Amazing curtain cords - looked wonderful.


We went one afternoon to a beautiful park full of cactus, orange trees,
fountains and many very large trees.

When passing one very knurled one I noticed the beautiful
scene pictured below.






This very pretty contented mother cat had found the best place possible to be with
her little kitten.
If you look very carefully to the left of the two photographs you will see her baby
curled up happily next to its mum.
I could have looked at the two of them for some time but didn't want to spoil their peace.





In the medina everywhere there are people, mainly men, making the most beautiful things.
There are areas that are specific to a particular craft.
Here a plate is being decorated in the metal souk.






An example here below of one of the pierced brass lanterns and a beautiful painted ceiling.






Cactus growing happily in the gardens.

The distinctive green glazed roof tiles of a mosque.

One of the many handmade carpets for sale.

In many of the buildings that are being renovated the traditional
skills are being used - this plaster work was in a riad that had been designed inside by a 
young Belgian couple.





In the newly renovated riad the couple had gone for a simpler, more modern approach
to the decor but still keeping the essential elements of the crafts of the area.
These simple brushes are beautifully made craft pieces but are used in everyday life
in a country were so little is churned out by machines.



Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A first look at Morocco.

About 3 weeks ago we went to Fes in Morocco.
After so many health problems it was just what was needed.


A beautiful hand painted door.





After a flight of about two and a half hours from Nantes we arrived in a totally different world.
One that fascinated us and delighted us from the start .

The first week was spent in a beautiful old colonial house with a wonderful French lady called
Cecile. ( more of this house in later posts )









This was breakfast laid out for us each morning . We sat out looking at the garden whilst above
us storks flew overhead - amazing.


Then of course it was off to the medina.
Another world awaited.
One to get lost in, one to explore and one to completely fall in love with.




Back to the house and Ginge would be there looking elegantl on one of the beautiful
carpets. Cecile is a lady with style !




The cockerel below was obviously the "boss" at one of the eating places - he strutted
around in all his glory while his relations roasted on the spit - ironic.




Everywhere in the medina there are beautiful things all made by hand.
The skills of the people there is just amazing.


Of course there are many cats. They have a hard life but the maternal instinct fights on.
We saw this cat suckling her kitten whilst protecting it - very moving with all the hustle
and bustle.



So there will be quite a few more posts showing you about Fez .

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The art of Raku.


It is some while since I posted but getting over more surgery takes time.
Gradually I am feeling better and the coming of Spring
helps enormously.

Each year in a gallery near where I live there 
are exhibitions in July and August.
Last year it was my job to find new work to exhibit 
this year I have the pleasure of doing so again.

So the search has begun.








I have been delighted to find that just twenty minutes away from where we live is a French woman
who makes great pieces using the raku method.




A few weeks ago when I was able to start to drive again I went to meet her.
I thought it would be good to share some images of her work here on my blog.







After a couple of meetings she has agreed  to have an exhibition at the gallery in July.
Her name is Karine Denis.






















My search continues ……...

Monday, 17 February 2014

New creations and new hopes.




 I have been making some bags recently which are to be worn
across the body to hang down by the hip.

I am forever looking for my glasses and sometimes my phone etc.
I now wear a bag like this whenever I go out.




No more do I have to search for my reading glasses, no more worrying about having to carry
my handbag when I go into a shop or am searching for treasures at a brocante.

All I need is in my little hip bag, all is safe and I don't have to go back, as I have in the past,
to ask in shops if someone has found my glasses.
All is with me and I can have both hands free to look at all I want to.





I really like these little bags and have found other friends who find them invaluable too.
All are made by hand and each one is different.

What do you think - do you like the idea ?






Tomorrow I go into hospital again for surgery so I won't be in touch for about a week.
There is no internet access but I'll really look forward to catching up with everyone
when I'm feeling better and am back home again.
Let's hope that this will be the last for me in hospital for a long time.