I have to admit, for some reason I have never been a fan of Anne Rosat’s Decoupages Hermes design until now!
Somehow, it lacked a certain level of “sophistication” , élégance, for a lack of a better word. Or worse :-), it reminded me of the many Sunday afternoons when I was expected to watch Heidi*, a Japanese cartoon, with my family. As a teen this was bordering on torture! Although looking back, maybe it was not as bad as I thought at the time.
(*Heidi, Girl of the Alps, is an animated Japanese series that aired on German TV in the mid 70s. And as the name suggests it is based on the Swiss novel Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning by Johanna Spyri).
But really? How could I have ever resisted this charming scarf? It is beautifully filled with so many lovely subject matters! What delightful story telling!
“de·cou·page” is the art of decorating surfaces by applying typically paper cutouts and then coating them with several layers of varnish or lacquer as a way to preserve the often delicate cut outs. This form of decorating of objects is believed to have started in Siberia where nomads honored the tombs of their deceased with cut out felt decorations. By the 12th century paper had replaced felt and this practice found its way to Europe where it was used to adorn anything from boxes to lanterns and even windows.
Anne Rosat is an artist, who specializes in Papierschnitt, a Swisss art form which incorporates decoupage. But why should I tell you about Madame Rosat and her art when you can hear about it in her own words…enjoy!