Sunday, 13 April 2008

Paris Gothic Arch


Oh yes (or should that be Mais oui!), the challenge on the Gothic Arches site this week is Paris!! Oh la la, what a treat. I first visited Paris while still in secondary school (I lived in The Netherlands at the time so it was just down the road!) and have continued to visit it over the years. Even worked there for awhile (for a British courier company).

I already had a background from one of my fabric/paper collages which included a vintage map of Paris as well as vintage French text.

To this I added a vellum image of a gothic church entrance as well as a gargoyle. A Parisienne with that certain je ne sais quoi that all French women seem to possess was stitched on, and the text Regardez-la, which roughly translates as "Look at her!". All images are from Lost Art Creations. A fleur-de-lys charm (also from LAC) formed the finishing touch. The arch was zigzag stitched onto a watercolour backing with variegated thread which picks up on the colours in the arch.

And no, just in case you're wondering, I did not make this one today. It was made for a swap but due to the fact that there were less participants than anticipated I did not need to send this one away so it was languishing in my folder waiting for the right moment. Which arrived thanks to Keron. Merci beaucoup!!

35 comments:

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow wonderful arch. Great details. Love it.

Kelly said...

beautiful arch!

Femmy said...

this is great!! love all the details!!

herminesplace said...

Wat een schitterende arch.

Debby said...

Frieda another gorgeous arch!!!! I knew when I saw Paris you would do it justice. Gorgeoous!!!
Debby

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your art piece is very stunning..beautifully created!

Marina said...

Absolutly fabulous arch, well done.

Kris Dickinson said...

Fantastic! LOVE the stitching on this amazing arch!

Bettie said...

That's a real 'Parisienne'!

Netti said...

Oh this is tres chique!
It even has Monet-like tones in the background!

Ang C said...

A beautiful arch

Sija said...

Beautiful arch! great details.

Liesbeth said...

Wow, wonderful ! Love the sewing !

Karen Owen said...

Absolutely stunning!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

as always I adore your attention to detail and embellishments. gorgeous arch!

Keron Lee said...

great stuff frieda
x Keron

Dawne said...

lovely xx

Judy said...

Stunning Frieda, such a lot to see in the background!
JudyNZ

Faye said...

Frieda, this is so beautiful.

Lisa Renéa said...

Gorgeous! So many lovely and terrific details, when I clicked on your image for a closer look! Outstanding!!

Linda said...

How beautiful!

christine said...

This is just gorgeous!

Tova said...

Very great collage !!

carylsrealm said...

As always, your arch is gorgeous!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Another gorgeous quilted arch!! I love the golden glow around the image of the lady!

violette said...

elle est vraiment merveilleuse !
bravo !

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

great collage . Like the ballance of dark and light ares takes your eye around your arch Clever work

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

Love the way you have used dark and light to draw the eye around your arch great collage piece

Rosalie said...

Your arch is beautiful, so happy that I own one of yours.

Silvia said...

Your arch looks fantastic, really a fab background and a great image.

purplepaint said...

This is wonderful! Love the stitching! Marva

violette said...

cette arche est vraimenbt magnifique !

Kriss said...

What wonderful details in your arch. Very nice!

Jean said...

Great arch!!! Great colors and I love the images!

glitterangel said...

Wow this is wonderful!

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