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Ruth Ribeaucourt

Jewellery maker & antique French textile addict

 

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Nine years ago, I visited the sleepy hilltop village of Lacoste for the first time. Twenty fours in and fate intervened, a handsome Frenchman crossed my path and it was as the French say, un ‘coup de foudre’, no-turning-back-love at first kiss. Much to the shock of his family, my brave Frenchman left the land of fresh and plentiful unpasteurised cheese for Ireland and the love of an Irish girl. Two wet Irish winters later we tied the knot and in 2010 the little Franco-Irish ‘merveille’ Louis joined our family.

The arrival of our beautiful boy made us crave a simpler life, one which enabled us to spend more time as a family, and to live life more passionately and not feel like we were commuting the years away. So in the depths of a dark Irish October in 2010 we left everything behind, careers, big city life, our home and wonderful friends, for Provence.

Since moving to France, I have been collaborating with my French familys company, the celebrated haute couture ribbon makers, Julien Faure of St. Etienne, to create Rubanesque, one of a kind jewellery, embellishing echantillons from the familys 150 year old silk and passementerie archives with vintage beads & found objects.

Through this collaboration, I have had an incredible opportunity to discover the world of silk and French textiles. It is not just the warp and weft that draws me in but the whispers of stories woven into these threads, stories of a tribe, from the silk worm workshops in the Luberon to the passementiers of Saint Etienne.

 

The French Muse is a celebration of the everyday beauty that can be found in France. The beauty of the landscape as each new season rolls in; its unique heritage for craftmanship; the importance of good food and meals shared with loved ones; the treasures to be found in its flea markets and the stories told by those who are the brocante guardians. It is all to be celebrated and shared, and together with my collaborator, Corey Amaro, we can’t wait for you to be a part of it!

 

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Corey Amaro

  Our in-house Brocante Goddess  aka  Tongue in Cheek

 

Born and raised in Northern California, living in France for over 25 years, Corey is the much loved author of the famous blog, Tongue in Cheek. She has an incredible eye for a diamond in the rough, impeccable taste and an insatiable appetite for the Brocante.
 
For the past several years, Corey has been blogging about her life halfway around the globe, and the adventures as well as challenges of being an American in France. Her stories about the food, the culture, the French flea markets and her adorable “French Husband” have enraptured her blog followers, and carried the torch for all of us who dream of “la vie en rose”.
 
Corey will be collaborating with The French Muse on all things brocante, opening up her little black book of French flea markets and helping you find the diamonds in the rough and most importantly teach you to speak ‘Brocante’!
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