Monday, March 08, 2010

touché par un ange

She always thought, Angels were made in Heaven.

Just more proof for a francophile,
there is a little bit of Heaven in Provence.
What are they made of, the angels?
Were these Deva's lying dormant, waiting
for their creator to reach a spiritual consciousness?
Are these the hands that sculpt the paper,
void of words,
into emotion?

At the core is fragility, yet strength

It is disturbing for her to think that for some,
a piece of furniture is just that.
These patina's give solace to the soul.
Ironic that this piece is called a console?

But, the light will only illuminate
for those who wish to see.

French and Italian fragments,
for which she has been appointed Guardian.

Objects re-created through her hands,
so that all may see.

Her work gives us the pleasure of knowing
that even though we are individuals,
we are oneness with the past.
Words are not necessary.

Meet Elise Valdorcia. The mortal who
sculpts the message of the angels and
who possesses a refined sensibility toward beauty.

Elise studied interior design in Paris and
owned an antique shop in Marais,
before settling in the South of France.
It is there, that she practices the art of
Paper Mache and creates
new objects, from Italian and French fragments.

I've always admired her work, even before
I knew who she was.
In case you missed it, read one of my
favorite posts,
You'll recognize many of the pieces
and the style, as Elise's.
Visit her website, but
have your serviette handy.

As always, European Antique Market would be
happy to assist you with any purchase,
should you desire to be,
Touched by an Angel.

On another note, I have a favor to ask
of my readers.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that
the editorial staff of Today's Woman Magazine,
a local magazine in Louisville,
nominated me for Most Admired Woman 2010,
in the Home Style category.
I would love to have your vote!
and vote for me, Shawn Stucker,
under Home Style, SVP.
Merci Beaucoup!

Photos are of Elise's studio and her work


Inspired Comblogulations said...

I love the paper mache and would love this art form since I cannot carve wood like my dad, I might give this a try.

I already voted for ya! I hope you win darlin.

Trouvais said...

Bonjour Shawn. Thank you for link and photos of Elise's work. Magical. Also...congratulations, and good luck. Trish

Styling by Coty Farquhar, Australia said...

Dearest gorgeous Shawn,

Elise's work is amazing and I adore these images. Heavenly!! You always share the most amazing artists with us, thank you.

Sending lots of love and hugs
xxxxxxxxxxxxx Coty

I will vote for you anyday. Good luck...

Sherry said...

Breath taking work.
And I was very happy to vote for you.

LoveYourHomes said...

Dear Shawn, what a talented lady.....I so treasure my pair of angels in papier maché. I've had them with me for 30 years and they bring me such joy.

I hope I can vote for you by long distance! You are so worth it .....congrats!


Jann said...

Elise's work is fabulous~what talent.........I was so impressed with her skills!You took some really great shots,also! The vote is in~you will win!!!!

DustyLu said...

No words. Just Stunning! Love her works ~lulu

joanny said...

Hello Shawn

Happy you are posting again. The pictures are always exquisite-- a place to dream the mirror reflection picture came out perfect they are hard to get right.
-- Elise's studio is fab, and so is her work --I took a journey and went to her website.

On Franck Delmarcel blog there was a beautiful winged figure made out paper mache and wood core, it looked like a marble statue, I feel in love with it --
looks like Elise's work or very close to. Now I know where one can be purchased if I was so inclined,

Good Luck -- voted for you
How often can one vote I wonder?

C.J. said...

voted for you, and happy to do that. love you're store.

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Absolutely stunning work, I could look at those photos for hours. Congratulations on the nomination!!

Country French Antiques said...

Thanks to all! Isn't her work amazing? I was so excited to know who she was!!
Thanks for your votes too!

Jacobs Baby Botanicals said...

Bon chance Madmoiselle Shawn! I hope you win!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh so very beautiful this work is Shawn. Thank you for sharing with us here. I'm off to vote for you.

GardenDesigner said...

Oh My goodness! I think I need to catch my breath!! Such lovliness! Wow ....Eye candy for the soul!!

I will go vote now!!
Keep smiling!!

And think Spring!!


La Petite Gallery said...

Excellent work.
Fantastic and Good luck..


La Petite Gallery said...

Excellent work.
Fantastic and Good luck..


Dana Cochran said...

I just came upon your blog and love it! I adore this lady's work. Do you sell it?
Please contact me if you do.
I will be back to visit your beautiful blog soon!


I enjoyed this most lovely and interesting post. Thanks for sharing. Brook

bunny, The Paris House said...

Your blog and site is filled with gorgeous items!

vosges paris said...

wha an artist and what a fabulous atelier! I will visit the website, thanks for the link!

irma said...

Beautiful photos and objects!

D.E. said...

Oh so amazing work. I will vote! So lovely.

Di Overton said...

I am totally in awe of these pieces. Of course you are the most admired woman of 2010

Mélanie said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pics. I'm going to vote for you, I hope it is not too late

Gracefully Vintage said...

Wow, You have amazing pieces, those statues take your breath away. I have never done paper mache-but maybe Ill give a try- Amaving Blog- I would love to follow you-and see what is new.
You defintely inspire...
Karryann (Gracefully Vintage)

Ormolulu said...

My heart aches just looking at these blissful images (it's a good kind of longing). Stunningly talented, that girl is!

Always, always enjoy your blog!!

Debi @ Ormolulu

John - Travertine Tiles said...

I have nothing to say, Simply amazing!!! I am voting now.

Patty said...

C'est magnifique! I always knew heaven was in France ;) thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

merci l'Artiste pour ces petites merveilles qui universellement nous transportent et nous invitent au rêve, au dépassement du temps, à l'absolue beauté, et à la vérité

Anonymous said...

I love french design and angels! Elise is so gifted! What a beautiful blog you have. :)

Sylvia form Ca. said...

Your site is music for the did I find did you find me...I bless the day. your site is a place I want to call home. Who is singing and where do I find her music?
Sylvia from Ca.

Melissa said...

What a great post! What a talented artist!
I'm going to vote for you now!

kisflanc said...

they are very nice

Burlap Luxe said...

I would love to make an Angel or 2 :)
They are breath taking, thank you for posting art that inspires.


sinnlighet said...

Your blog ..... it's amazing and soooo inspiring. Nice to find you!

A small footprint from Agneta & Sweden

Ps. I have an ongoing jewelry contest on my blog. Welcome! Ds

Love Where You LIve said...

Hi Shawn! Beautiful post. Love Elise's work. I went to vote for you, but I couldn't really determine where to do that. I emailed the pub and asked. Good luck!!! best, -susan

Nick said...

Truly wonderful pieces of art! you must love what you do.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Jojo said...

These are such beautiful pieces of art. I went on the site to vote but it says I need to mail in the votes. I will try to remember to snail mail. It is an honest vote - I love your style!

La Petite Gallery said...

I am so impressed with Elise's studio and work. She is very pretty too. Thanks for touting us on such a nice Artist...


Rebecca said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love your blogg inspireing and amazing photos and work..
Kikki Sweden

Furniture removalists said...

Beautiful... They are absolutely wonderful.

Amy said...

What a nice sculpture :) That was made of? It's very awesome,very antique looks. I've enjoyed watching the images.

Rebecca said...

Your blog is absolute bliss! What an amazing spot..I will be a regular here from now on...Lovely!

I am a visual artist( drawings and illustrations) and am determined to try this paper mache artform. Thank you for introducing me to Elise's work. What talent...


Carrie said...

These Images are Marvelous, I haven't saw such type of images before.

Anonymous said...

Wat a wunderfull blog.

greatings send you Conny

Trisno Yudiantoro said...

The Beautiful Arts and Great photos.

Warm regards from Indonesia

Vintage Porcelain Art By Amy Enright said...

Waht an interesting blog! I'm so happy I found you!

Olivia~ said...

Oh my goodness this is just breathtaking! What a talented lady.

Olivia~ said...

Oh my goodness this is just breathtaking! What a talented lady.

Anonymous said...

Bonne chance et je vous remerci pour les jolies photos.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Shawn!
So long since I've visited...I see it's been awhile for you too! Life had gotten so busy...I am really trying to arrange my time for more blogging and visiting with my blogger you...miss you, my dear!
I hope all is well...this post is as lovely as ever and CONGRATS on the nomination! You are truly a woman to be admired!
Pop over and say hello when you have a moment!
Have a beautiful week!
;-D Kathleen

Suzanne said...

The angels are so exquisite -- the expressions on their faces and the shape of them -- truly beautiful.

Candylei said...

I am in awe and my mouth is still dropped open from looking at these gorgeous photographs. The colors she uses are instant aged patina. Now I'm off to her website. Thank you.

xo, Candylei

Petit Coterie said...

I just love the hands, they are very cool! So many beautiful pieces.


Bohemian said...

I absolutely adore all of this fabulous Art!!! Absolutely amazing, I could decorate an entire Home in this style... thank you for sharing this Artist's work... be sure I will stop by your lovely Blog often now.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Atelje Skärvan said...

Ilike yours blog.
Have a nice day,hugs Agneta

Becky said...

I just say that i feel in love with it, thanx.

Wendy said...

We have family in Dayton, Oh. We will have to stop by your place on our way up from Alabama. I love antiques! Love your blog. Check mine out

Anonymous said...

The statues are sublime, as are the lamp fixtures! I wish there was more of this sort in America. Thank you for posting!

Sadie said...

WOW! These are such beautiful pieces of art. just gorgeous!!

laura said...

Congratulations on Victoria Magazine one of my most favorites!!! Your store is the best on the planet!!! My step dad & son are in Ky at the sale I hope they will have some time to stop by....xooxo Laura

Fay said...

wow what a wobderful site! full of all my favourite things I have subscribed and will look forward to receiving your posts sheer heaven Thankyou fay x

Allison Clark said...

Amazing. I would love to make an Angel or 2 :) They are breath taking, thank you for posting art that inspires.

atelier de campagne said...

Wow! I had the pleasure of running into and meeting Elise in Avignon just over a week ago and was just stunned with her work! She was very gracious and allowed me to take a few photos and I have included them in my posting at The posting is titled Beziers, Avignon and a Bit of isle Sur la Sorgue.