During the 1950’s arts and crafts were an integral part of everyday family life, especially in our home. My mother was an artist who studied to be a costume designer at the Wolfe School in Los Angeles. After WWII, she was working at KHJ Radio Station in Hollywood and saved enough money to order a brand new Buick Special convertible from my father’s family dealership in Saginaw. When she came to Michigan to pick up her car, she met my father who immediately fell in love with this beautiful and talented girl from California.
My mother was creatively inspirational to me in every way. Because of her, our home was filled with artistic projects where inspiration could always be found in recycled bits.
Some of my favorite memories were those of crafting ornaments from humble chicken eggs. This process began with making a tiny hole at either end of the egg, then blowing the yolk contents out through one end. Many laughs were had as faces turned red and eyes watered during this part of the process, which made decorating even more challenging. After carefully covering our eggs with little strips of velvet, we sat for hours with my mother and grandmother as we added our bits of decorations and trims to our majestic works of art. These opulent eggs became the most prized ornaments on our family Christmas tree, and every friend I brought home from school during the holidays wanted to make one.
After moving to Los Angeles from New York where I attended Parsons School of Design in the early 1970’s, I continued to create my ornaments from eggs. Drawing on my years of experience with excellent sources now for trims and findings as a home decor designer - my simple little ornaments evolved into elaborate works of art.
With hundreds of requests to offer them for sale, in 2008 I decided to create the ornaments I named “Pasimenterie Ornaments” TM, as a collection for my brand Le Nouveaurose. Inspiration from favorite things never ends. Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and fashion, the Belle Epoque style of Paris at the turn of the century and most importantly, a hand embroidered ivory silk dress of my mother’s that came from a glamorous resale shop in Hollywood. This is my favorite treasure.
Each one of a kind - Pasimenterie Ornament is lovingly hand crafted here in my Michigan studio using an abundance of collected antique jewelry, beadwork, embroidery and opulent trims that are are combined together on a foundation of lush silk velvet. These sweet “tokens of love” collected or given as gifts will serve as a gentle reminder each holiday - to stop for a moment and look with our hearts.
If you ask us how long it takes to craft one of my ornaments, everyone who knows me will give you the very same answer. A lifetime.