Monday, December 28, 2009

futur et la fille française

So it's that time again,
to mark the passing of another year
anticipate what the new one will bring.
Come with me for a rendezvous with
the Antiquariess and a peek into the future.

Some prefer crystal balls to gaze into the future,
but she, (the antiquariess), fancies
the dangling sort.

Her mise-en-scène,
objets d'art surrounded by dancing flames
giving tribute to history and mystery.

It is written that by studying the
"Art of Palmistry"
one can interpret character,
based upon the reading of lines and configurations
on the palm.

She (the antiquariess), has always
maintained, that it is what the hand creates,
that gives us a glimpse into the soul.
The object is the manifestation of
the beautiful thought.

Others practice forms of augury.
She, (the antiquariess), tells us that
there are omens.
She sees the auspicious.
The mirror, the gold, the idol of God.
She explains that the Gods will let their
approving voices be heard,
through the creaks in
the furniture.

She also tells us the stars are aligned.

The antiquariess says that telling the future
is difficult to explain.
It is like the wind that fills the sail,
you can't see it,
but you can feel it.

She says that the past is always the
best predictor of future.

I could hear the passion in the antiquariess's voice,
as she proclaimed to me
the spirituality of the antique French chair
and the fragments it held.
She also claims to be clairvoyant.

She kept asking, "Comprenez-vous?"
She then begins to weave her story about
a French girl, named Pascale living in the ancient,
forified Roman village of Avignon.

Pascale loves to scour the brocantes
looking for items with emotional tags.
Tattered ribbons, found buttons, apron ties
once tugged by a child's hand.
Such simple things evoke memories and
bring a smile to her face.

Delicate filigree couronnes and
vintage ephemera can be found when
peeking in her armoire.
Pascale is an artiste, the antiquariess tells me.
She questions not the why.
She understands that her fate lies in her hands.

The French girl, Pascale, possesses a gift.
She takes remnants of the past and
intertwines them with beautiful thoughts
using wire to hold it all together.

With one hand she receives gifts from the past
and with the other she gives.

The finished creation is brilliant!
Fit for Prince and Pauper.
She, (the antiquariess), claims that
Pascale's creations are being spotted
in many a Country French maison.
The French, you know, they just have this
'Je ne sais quoi'

"Vox Populi," claims the antiquariess.
Ahh, je comprend.
The people have spoken.
The popularity of Vox Populi Decoration
is just beginning this side of the Atlantic.

As my glimpse into the future comes to an end,
Madame, (the antiquariess), picks the last of
the grape leaves from her wine, tilts
her head, and winks at me.
"As far as your future," she says,
"I don't know, you create it."

Visit Vox Poluli and see Pascale Palun's
wonderful, whimsical creations.
She will also be at Maison & Objet
next month.

All photos by Joanna Maclennan,
visit her site here.
Photo# 3, 4, 10 & 15 from Joanna's site
Others of Vox Poluli



Riviera Boardwalk said...

Oh, such beautiful antiques and the fabulous talent behind them is awesome!

La Petite Gallery said...

This post is sooo french, I love all the displays.
Wish you wonderful things in the coming year.
Happy New year.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. That is all I can say. A beautiful photo story. I am gonna get up there one day. Happy New Year to you and yours.

vignette design said...

I love this French post. Wish I could visit. --Delores

Chrissy said...

All the best in 2010!! Chrissy

White Linen and Burlap said...

The music as I was reading the story was captivating. Just "merveilleux". Thank you.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Beautiful images and a lovely tale...woven enchantingly by you!

Happy, Prosperous, Peaceful New Year!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Shawn, what a great post. Loved all the pics. Happy New Year, T

Cote de Texas said...

So beautiful! happy new years to you and yours!

Lee said...

If I lived as close as Queenmothermamaw, I would have already been there.

It is nice to see new artist emerge.

I hope your Christmas was the best ever and wishing you a Happy New Year.

siren said...

Wonderful pictures, a lot of inspiration! I wish you a happy new year! :)

Jann said...

Everything is fabulous~Happy New Year to you!

Sarah said...

Beautiful post with amazing photos! I so enjoyed my visit! ~ Sarah

red ticking said...

i would love to see everything in person... it all looks amazing.... hope you had a lovely christmas and may you have many blessings in the new year... x pam

Ana Balbinot said...

I hope you have a wonderfull new year! With lots of joy,peace and harmony.

Melissa said...

Oh how I enjoyed this little story accompanied by the beautiful pictures. I loved the last line...."as far as your future...."
Happy New Year!

Flower Arrangements said...

This is the best French Antique blog I have seen.

Thank you for sharing!

Jeanneoli said...

My sister led me to your gorgeous site and I am so glad that she did. She knew I would be in heaven!!! I have been swooning through all your photos.

Cacau Jafet said...

Adorei seu blog!!!!Já estou seguindo. Parabéns
Quero visitar sempre.