It was a cold but sunny day, as Provence makes them, in this magical place decorator Richard Goullet created. Journalist Marie Maud Levron and photographer Yann Deret where there to shoot the house, and Richard was so kind as to put forward some of my products. He has been a guardian angel for me, ever since I met him when moving back to France, so this is a heartfelt tribute to him. Of course my pictures don’t do his place justice, but the shoot was published in the December 2021 publication of Art et Decoration Magazine, with the “proper” pictures! So this is behind the scene set…
Sur la route du Tokaido @ Musée Guimet
It seems as I haven’ really come back from Japan… keep looking for indigo everywhere! On a busy day in paris, I managed to stop at the Musee Guimet to catch an exhibition showcasing a flurry of etchings from the famed Tokaido route. The Tokaido is the east and most famous of the Gokaido routes. It started to develop from the Kamakura (1185-1333) period, but reached a peak during the Edo (1603-1868) period. We have heard about it many times during our Japanese workshops as it widely participated to the flourishing indigo economy on that part of the island. Indigo is indeed very present in the etchings, in the landscapes but also on the clothes which are a fascinating sight if you have the slightest interest in indigo reserve techniques! The…
Lee Young-Hee, l’etoffe des rêves
A sublime exhibition at the Musee Guimet in Paris, an endless source of inspiration as all her creations where based on naturally dyed, hand made fabrics, dreamy indeed! The exhibition opens with traditional Korean costumes, all recreated by the Korean stylist. Most women’s clothing feature the Hanbok, a very short and elegant short top, emblem of Korean traditional costume. Even the farmers had extremely elegant clothing.. In this very hot and humid climate, those bamboo vest and fore arm bands where used against the skin, underneath clothing, to prevent them from sticking to the skin and leaving a layer of air to ventilate the body… The second part of the exhibition features Lee Young-Hee’s creations.
Easter @ la Baye des Anges
A very peculiar Easter this year, in surreal isolation, but plenty of photo opportunities for Mei Line’s catalog with a glorious weather.. This year, we vowed a zero waste easter: we will eat every single egg the bunny will bring us.. Table cloth and cushion: block printed campeche dyed linen. The indigo shibori-covered basket is the perfect recipient for a lovely egg-crop Happy Easter y’all! Keep safe!
Aizumi-cho historical museum
Another perl in our awesome trip organised by @leafLuberon around the indigo course at Buaisou Set in the former house of a major indigo merchant, this museum traces the history of indigo production, and use: from seed to fabric. The exquisite miniature scenes are a moving testimony or the hardship endured by people working in that trade. Indigo seedlings are protected from pest at night with straw panels They are pulled out and transplanted in between wheat rows, wheat protects the young seedlings from the strong sun Wheat is than harvested, leaving only the indigo to thrive Fertilisation The indigo is harvested and the leaves are cut and separated from the stem The indigo leaves are dried and made into Sukumo, a leaf compost, which is than used…
Photoshooting @ la Baye des Anges
La Baye des Anges has been the perfect backdrop for Mei Line’s photoshoot, I even managed to get a group of model’s in for the pool side collection 🙂 Block printed cushions dyed with Campeche extract in summer house And stenciled lavender pouches Indigo Shibori by the fountain Indigo shibori cushions in the living room, perfect match with Alexandre Motte’s paintings Block printed place mats in the patio Oxygenating indigo shiboris under the pergola Arashi shibori in the dining room Cushions showing off in the potager The pool side collection When a piece of linen turns a corner of the deck into a yoga retreat 🙂
Photoshooting @ Senanque Abbey
We took advantage of a visit to Senanque Abbey to shoot Mei Line’s creation in one of Provence’s iconic location. The thoughtful monks have actually set up a mini lavendin field outside of the gated areas, for photo opportunities…