It’s time to get those craft passports out again as we’re venturing across the English Channel to France to meet an incredibly talented and inspiring needle crafter. If colour makes you happy be prepared to channel your inner Cheshire Cat while reading this post. Today’s featured maker, Lucile of ‘Barney Laflaque’, certainly doesn’t shy away from bold and beautiful colours.
Lucile lives in north east France and first started making jewellery in 2009 when she discovered Fimo. In 2013 she opened her first shop, but it was not until 2016 that she started making embroidered jewellery alongside bags and clothes. Lucile especially loves bright colours and can never just work with a couple!
What is your earliest stitching memory?
When I was 8, I watched a cartoon ‘Les Malheurs de Sophie’ and in an episode, she received as a gift a sewing box. After that I asked my mom for a needle, thread and a piece of fabric. I started making dots on the piece of fabric just for fun.
What fires your imagination?
My imagination is fired by so many things. Childhood memories such as cartoons, comics, tv series like ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ or video games like ‘GTA Vice City’ that inspired me to make the necklaces ‘Girly’ and ‘Miami beach’. Nature especially the sea. Animals, I love all animals but the tiger is very leading in my creations. Food, movies for example ‘Hercule Poirot Evil Under the Sun’ or ‘Back to the Future’. Paintings in particular impressionism and of course colours.
Lucile’s work is crammed full of stunning detail and glorious colour, I love the way that each piece creates it’s own unique world perfectly. There’s so much more to delight and enchant you in her shop so do take a stroll over there.
Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her Etsy shop.