Paris-an ephemera artists' heaven

paris blogHaving just got back from a hunter-gatherer trip to the flea markets of Paris, I thought I might share some of my finds and thoughts. Our first stop was the most famous flea market in Paris, Porte de Clignancourt. A combination 0f several individual markets, and some of which completely dedicated to books and magazines! Here I found vintage children’s magazines such as ‘Lissette’ printed in 1949, Le Journal de Mickey 1960 and journals for young women titled ‘Suzzettte’ printed throughout the 1950s. Another place to browse in search of antique ephermera is the banks of the Seine. Bookseller stalls near Notre dame stock antique postcards, newspapers, adult fanzines and vintage saucy publications. I’m very excited about my next body of work, it’s always a treat to find new material to work from and travel is such an important part of being able to tap into new creative ideas. My thoughts keep wandering back to the Parisian Metro stations, the continuous movement of people and trains with the back drop of graphic design signage and advertising, Tickets and maps, busker’s music….. time to get in the studio!