Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

5.03.2009

Fait Main

Does your pulse quicken at the sight of handsome hardware arranged en masse, endless rows of paintbrushes, or miles of ribbon on spools? Mine does. I'm intrigued by pretty much anything related to fait main -- the Parisian appreciation for pieces created or restored by hand. So it was easy for me to become engrossed in a series of petite guidebooks published by The Little Bookroom.

Australian stylist and photographer, Pia Jane Bijkerk, is the author of Paris Made by Hand. It's a tiny book, intended to slide easily into your purse, but her beautiful photographs have great impact. Bijkerk sees Paris as one of the last remaining international cities that truly celebrates artisans and one-of-a-kind items: "A designer's muse, a decorator's heaven, and a treasure trove for a stylist." She shares with readers where she heads if she needs a vintage umbrella repaired and where she finds everything from handmade wallpaper to buttons and exquisite ribbon (by the way, mercerie is French for a boutique selling sewing and craft supplies).

This paperback edition has a private address book feel, covering over 50 shops including papermakers, dressmakers, ceramicists, handbag makers and jewelry designers. Currently offered for less than $14 on the The Little Bookroom site, it would be a great graduation present. (Any armchair traveler would love it too.)

Other terrific guides from the publisher deal with vintage shopping and flea markets. I plan to talk about those next. Images above © Pia Jane Bijkerk.

11 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

Wow! That sounds like a book that would be perfect for moi!

Style Court said...

Meg, I think you would get so much out of it. Especially the paper sources!

Real Card Studio said...

I think just about anything en masse looks interesting!

Style Court said...

RCS -- so true!

Rose C'est La Vie said...

These images are lush, thank you. We need to celebrate fait main. And it's so typically French to be that particular.

Brillante Home Decor said...

Care for things, restoring old pieces to me means Culture (capital C) and Style (capital S).
It must be a great little book.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I should head to Paris just for the ribbon.....maybe I'll just do that!

Karena said...

Yes, yes, my paintbrushes massed together, colored pencils in mugs,Tubes of oil paint in a tool tote. I recent took a tear sheet from a magazine that had rows of colored yarns. It is beautiful!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

Excellent tip! The first picture had me before I'd even read a word. Little Book Room has published some excellent travel shopping books - check out also Chic SHopping Paris - it's another stunner!!

Janet said...

I have and love the Little Book guide to restaurants in Paris, so I am looking forward to seeing this book! I adore Pia's blog. And her photographs!

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i'm in love with color and organization, so to see pictures like this are a good time! thanks for sharing about pia's book!!
xox