Embroidery pour la Maison

100 French Designs for the Home

Embroidery pour la Maison

In Embroidery pour la Maison, a delightful little craft book from French artist Sylvie Blondeau, you'll find more than 100 adorable ways to personalize and decorate everyday items in your home. Part of a new series of embroidery books and featuring more 100 projects and twenty-one different needlepoint methods, Embroidery pour la Maison includes easy-to-follow directions and plenty of inspiration to personalize aprons, bags, and more. A fun, easy way for do-it-yourselfers to add a touch of charm to every room of the house—kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, laundry room, and office. Embroidery pour la Maison is a valuable resource for crafters at all skill levels, complete with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

Bedroom

An Intimate History

Bedroom

An erudite and highly enjoyable exploration of the most intriguing of personal spaces, from Greek and Roman antiquity through today The winner of France’s prestigious Prix Femina Essai (2009), this imaginative and captivating book explores the many dimensions of the room in which we spend so much of our lives—the bedroom. Eminent cultural historian Michelle Perrot traces the evolution of the bedroom from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to today, examining its myriad forms and functions, from royal king’s chamber to child’s sleeping quarters to lovers’ trysting place to monk’s cell. The history of women, so eager for a room of their own, and that of prisons, where the principal cause of suffering is the lack of privacy, is interwoven with a reflection on secrecy, walls, the night and its mysteries. Drawing from a wide range of sources, including architectural and design treatises, private journals, novels, memoirs, and correspondences, Perrot’s engaging book follows the many roads that lead to the bedroom—birth, sex, illness, death—in its endeavor to expose the most intimate, nocturnal side of human history.

Louis XIV and the Land of Love and Adventure

Louis XIV and the Land of Love and Adventure

If this story seems like it has a thousand voices, there are; and they are set to the rhythm of the flow of their time. We are entering a virtual and imagined reality for us, and a real and imagined world for them. The baroque space. The living realm. Imagine this story as a fairy tale, a fantasy, even though it all is true. So many princes and princesses, duchesses and marquises, the abdicated Queen, Christine of Sweden, the exiled Queen of England, Henriette de France. A pageant, a parade. The whole Court going from castle to palace to castle, the royal caravan stretching out for miles and miles, golden carriages, riders in full colors, red, purple, blue, and their hats with long plumes. Beautiful prancing horses, The King rides alongside a carriage and flirts with a lover. Shiny ornate razor-sharp swords sheaved at the men’s waists. Delicate fans flickering lightly in the dainty white hands of the demoiselles let pass glimpses of flattering smiles. Musketeers mingling. Soldiers bringing up the rear. Stopping, dallying in the pristine and bucolic French countryside. The farmers come to watch as the procession passes, googling at their near heavenly presence. The nobles pass through villages and towns, banners waving, trumpets sounding. They stop for accolades, a party and a feast, telling stories, laughing, drinking and dancing through the torch and candle lit night. There is no hurry, nothing presses except their barely fettered desires. And as they lived they imagined. Charles Perrault, the author of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty, and Bluebeard, was not only a member of the Académie Française and the leader of the “Modernes” in the controversy with the “Ancients”, he was an integral part of the Court. The Court was young and uninhibited, incessantly creating new ways of thinking, plays, ballets, novels, painting. The art of conversation, the social arts. These were the artists of the time and if they weren’t themselves artists they supported and patronized them. Racine, Molière, Lully, even the satiric Scarron, to mention just a few, received pensions from the King.

Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire

State, Church, and Society, 1604-1830

Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire

Spanning from the West African coast to the Canadian prairies and south to Louisiana, the Caribbean, and Guiana, France’s Atlantic empire was one of the largest political entities in the Western Hemisphere. Yet despite France's status as a nation at the forefront of architecture and the structures and designs from this period that still remain, its colonial building program has never been considered on a hemispheric scale. Drawing from hundreds of plans, drawings, photographic field surveys, and extensive archival sources, Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire focuses on the French state’s and the Catholic Church’s ideals and motivations for their urban and architectural projects in the Americas. In vibrant detail, Gauvin Alexander Bailey recreates a world that has been largely destroyed by wars, natural disasters, and fires – from Cap-François (now Cap-Haïtien), which once boasted palaces in the styles of Louis XV and formal gardens patterned after Versailles, to failed utopian cities like Kourou in Guiana. Vividly illustrated with examples of grand buildings, churches, and gardens, as well as simple houses and cottages, this volume also brings to life the architects who built these structures, not only French military engineers and white civilian builders, but also the free people of colour and slaves who contributed so much to the tropical colonies. Taking readers on a historical tour through the striking landmarks of the French colonial landscape, Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire presents a sweeping panorama of an entire hemisphere of architecture and its legacy.

Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus

Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus

This lavishly illustrated volume is the most complete study of Greek island embroidery yet published. Each group of islands developed quite different styles and repertoires of designs using linen, cotton, and silk. Varying populations -- urban foreigners and rural natives, Catholic towns and Orthodox villages, invading navies and armies -- all contributed to a fusion of styles and motifs that led to one of the greatest displays of decorative folk art to be found anywhere in the world. The styles range from aristocratic and patrician designs from Rhodes, the monochrome geometric work of Naxos, to the exuberant narrative style of Skyros and the Ottoman-influenced work of Epirus.

The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society

Global Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times

The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society

Throughout history, fashion has emerged as one of the most powerful driving forces determining the political, economic and social ramifications of the production, distribution and circulation of goods. Using fashion as the lens through which to analyse and understand cultural, economic and political shifts within a broad spectrum of societies from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries, this volume represents an important shift in scholarship towards a more indepth understanding of the force of fashion.

The Paris Salons, 1895-1914: Textiles & leather

The Paris Salons, 1895-1914: Textiles & leather

- Vol. VI of an established series of works of reference. - Unique source book.

French Textiles

From the Middle Ages Through the Second Empire

French Textiles