The origins of the phrase is France, it means ‘found object’, or an ordinary object, found. This palette was inspired by all those things that are pre-loved, tattered, treasured, vintage, threadbare, faded & frayed. Old-fashioned haberdashery items: fabric by-the-yard, grosgrain ribbon, braid and trim, thread & buttons, a beaded flower or strand of sequins that is treated as an object of art by the one who finds it. These are the things that you might find in your mothers old sewing kit like fabric measuring tapes & pins with glass heads. Unusual things that don’t quite belong anywhere, but for some reason, are cherished. Mostly manmade, they often become items of inspiration- a piece of string that becomes the colour of your walls.
They can be big as well of course, perfect floral fabric from an old curtain or a satin quilt in a shade of dusty pink. Part of an old-fashioned doll that your Father brought you back from China in the 80s, a beautiful decaying metal fringe trim, a mother of pearl button that happens to be the perfect shape for the button that just fell off your softest cardigan, a feather butterfly, even the little bundle of bobby pins that are a bit rusty but have the perfect old paper packaging. It is all these things that don’t really have a point, but are kept and are ever so lovely.