Founder, The French Muse
Jewellery maker & antique French textile addict
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.