Year: 2020

Finding Sewing and Needle Craft Supplies, Patterns, & Fabrics in shops & online in Swiss Romandy

Over the years, many shops and sewing departments dedicated to selling fabrics, patterns and haberdashery have disappeared from the Geneva-area landscape. Those that remain largely stock fabrics for home and hobby and less for couture creations, as well as basic sewing notions (thread, seaming binding, scissors, etc). It’s been a sad process to see the winnowing of quality and diversity, but I’m encouraged that a few courageous entrepreneurs have bucked the trend and opened online and even a few bricks-and-mortar shops, some offering unique patterns from small labels, as well as basic supplies and occasionally sewing classes. Below are the names and contact details of shops that I’ve come across in the past, though I haven’t checked in with them recently. As some do not have websites, I cannot verify that since writing this post, they still exist or have not changed their address. So I suggest you give them a call before heading out. Fabric, Patterns, Notions, Knitting supplies – Shops In Geneva Textiles Acacias SA at 45B route des Acacias (1227 Les Acacias) …

Hollywood Glamour in Carouge: the Photos of Ernest Piccot 1930-1950

Newly reopened after the city recently lifted (partially) it’s COVID-19 lockdown, the Museum will feature this exhibition until 14 March at its temporary location at Boulevard des Promenades 25.   The original review follows below: There’s a little bit of glamour in all of us. Or so some of us like to think. Usually, that glamour finds expression in private moments as we gaze into the bathroom mirror freshly made up or if we catch our reflection in a storefront window on a particularly good day. For that fleeting moment of satisfaction, a few things have to hit the right notes: the lighting, angle, clothes, mood, props and makeup. Yet rarely in our daily lives do these elements occur simultaneously and in a natural setting. From the 1930s to 1950s, a few fortunate women had all those high notes hit, albeit in the Carouge photo studio of photographer Ernest Piccot. His portraits of local women, their identitites unrecorded and unknown, now make up a retrospective at the Musée de Carouge entitled Elles. In the Lens of Ernest …

Canadian impressionist paintings

Post-lockdown agenda: Item No. 1 – Canadian Impressionism at Hermitage

Im kicking myself for ignoring my initial impulse to visit the Hermitage Foundation in Lausane “no matter what” when their current exhibition Canada and Impressionism opened there in late January. Being Canadian and a fanatic for almost all things Impressionism I knew I’d be Impressed (excuse the pun) by the collection of a hundred paintings by Canadian painters, which has been loaned to the Hermitage largely by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.