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Fresh Shop: AffairesNomades

Mar 21, 2011

by AffairesNomades handmade and vintage goods

Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a mere handful of months or are awaiting their first sale introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!

Hello. My name is Fumika. I was born in Sapporo, Japan and currently live in France. I studied at the University of Fine Arts in Japan, and later I entered an interior design program in Paris, eventually working as a set design assistant and decorator. Since I freelance, I turn to painting and designing for my decor inspiration.


My Etsy shop, Affaires Nomades (Nomadic Things), comes from my fascination for the ever-changing moments of life. Although a home symbolizes stability, I want to explore the idea that it can also reflect change. Therefore, my work is about a search for decor, which reflects this ephemeral nature. I like small furniture so I can easily move it to where I think it is best suited at that given time. I like to work with fabrics that I can transform into cushions and pillowcases. I want a home that feels organic; it changes as the person who lives in it changes.

My collection called “Fragments” is centered on the concept of the “sham” of material — transforming linen to appear as denim or wool. When people handle my pillows, I watch for their moment of textile revelation.


I give my pillows a name, in order to make you find new associations. As in the case of paintings in a gallery, we’re encouraged to consider something else besides the object before us.

Apart from nature, ruins and unfinished buildings appeal to me in particular. I like the feeling that we always have more room for our imagination.


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  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago


  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pieces of art! Congratulations on the feature :-)

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 9 years ago

    your pillows are so beautiful!

  • cathydurso

    cathydurso said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are nice and so unique! I love the concept behind them.

  • PthaloAzul

    PthaloAzul said 9 years ago

    I'd love to see how she does this! It's beautiful.

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 9 years ago

    I could see these cushions in a gallery - so organic. I love the thinking behind these and their individual feel. Very lovely - very unique.

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 9 years ago

    Love those colors!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 9 years ago

    love your inspirations of nature! great to see another fresh shop~

  • monatao

    monatao said 9 years ago

    very interesting work and original too. ;)

  • pmastanford

    pmastanford said 9 years ago

    These are just beautiful!

  • KittyKatoure

    KittyKatoure said 9 years ago

    wow what beautiful work! I love the natural textures and movement of the fabric. So inspiring!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 9 years ago

    I love your ideas and work Fumika! So soothing and organic feeling.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 9 years ago

    stunning shop!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 9 years ago

    Beautiful, indeed!

  • samantharose

    samantharose said 9 years ago

    Very nice! So different.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 9 years ago

    such inspiring designs! congrats on the feature fumika!

  • MaravillaBijoux

    MaravillaBijoux said 9 years ago

    nice nice ;)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    These are just beautiful!

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 9 years ago


  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 9 years ago

    Fascinating combinations of color/texture! Congratulations on the feature!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 9 years ago

    So unique and beautiful!

  • JolieRue

    JolieRue said 9 years ago

    I want several! You are so talented. Congratulations on this feature.

  • MilaKeln

    MilaKeln said 9 years ago

    Beautiful shop

  • IeriOggiDomani

    IeriOggiDomani said 9 years ago

    Beautiful organic textiles and very original. Love your work

  • SummitRidgeDecor

    SummitRidgeDecor said 9 years ago


  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 9 years ago

    Great creativity! Loved ur feature. Best of luck!

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 9 years ago

    Great creativity! Loved ur feature. Best of luck!

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 9 years ago

    Very pretty! High Art meets Home Decor. :)

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 9 years ago

    Love your works!! Thanks for sharing your story with us :D

  • clacontemporary

    clacontemporary said 9 years ago

    Stunning work! Félicitations!

  • christieshippycloset

    christieshippycloset said 9 years ago

    Lovely work-calming,comfort.

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!! very original!!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 9 years ago

    absolutely beautiful work

  • hjmart

    hjmart said 9 years ago

    Fantastic work! Love your ideas as well! Congratulations!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work, love the varied rustic tones in these : )

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

    gorgeous work. :)

  • MissBird

    MissBird said 9 years ago

    Wonderful work! congrats! ^_^

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 9 years ago

    I love this shop! The pillows are amazing!!

  • SunshowerStudio

    SunshowerStudio said 9 years ago

    Just lovely, really beautiful pillows.

  • kararane

    kararane said 9 years ago

    hi Fumika- fresh perspective on the organic home>>so free~~

  • SLSvintage

    SLSvintage said 9 years ago

    So dreamy!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 9 years ago

    incredibly beautiful! modern but timeless.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 9 years ago

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 9 years ago

    Beautiful and very creative pillows! How gorgeous!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 9 years ago

    Stunning designs! Beautiful work and a fascinating article. Congratulations!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 9 years ago

    Very nice

  • Marsena

    Marsena said 9 years ago

    Original work, love it.

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 9 years ago

    Nice work, but wow, that is a lot of money for a pillow.

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 9 years ago

    welcome to Fumika and all the best with your shop on etsy, your ideas are fascinating!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are beautiful! I especially like the red and black ones!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago

    Wow ! They look so smelly ! But i bet they aren't .

  • popkingarb

    popkingarb said 9 years ago

    these pillows are downright edgy, i love them!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 9 years ago

    Very beautiful work!

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 9 years ago

    I can feel your passion in them.

  • teeniebirdie

    teeniebirdie said 9 years ago

    Very different and organic!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Lovely pillows! I love the 'Fresh Shops' addition to the blog!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 9 years ago

    the moods are wonderful ~ comforting and organic. Much continued success

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 9 years ago

    love it!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    gorgeous textiles. i love the irregularity and rustic elements. ♥

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 9 years ago

    I love these pillows, very unique!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 9 years ago

    They look like comfortable watercolor paintings.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Nice works!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 9 years ago

    When I looked at your pillows I got a very warm, cozy, earthy feeling. truely a work of art, (to me) it evokes a feeling of going home to where I grew up, things were simpler then, and it brings a feeling of nostelgia. Very beautiful work! Congatulations on your shop, it is wonderful!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    You have beautiful work!

  • neonshimmyshop

    neonshimmyshop said 9 years ago

    Very clever and lovely

  • DUSKtillDAWNvintage

    DUSKtillDAWNvintage said 9 years ago

    So pretty. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 9 years ago

    DIVINE fabrics for your work -- how do you create those colors? stains? painting them? Gorgeous.

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 9 years ago

    Very original, so unique! I love your work!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 9 years ago


  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    Love the way the textures makes your pillow come alive with your beautiful mix of colors! So pretty and unique.

  • MaisonPaulette

    MaisonPaulette said 9 years ago

    I love your work, it's beautiful - very unique.Thanks for sharing!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 9 years ago

    Your pillow works of art are beautiful!! Welcome to Etsy & wishing you happy sales!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 9 years ago

    You have really wonderful pillows! Congratulations on your feature!

  • melaniem55

    melaniem55 said 9 years ago

    These are very interesting and unique. I like the names. My favorite is the Mannish Linen Cushion.... very cool.

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 9 years ago

    What a great shop and unique work! Thanks for sharing and best of luck!!

  • TinfenaStudio

    TinfenaStudio said 9 years ago

    I Love your shop, great name too, congratulations!

  • irrapirra

    irrapirra said 9 years ago


  • faeyh

    faeyh said 9 years ago

    Your pillows make me want to curl up on a sofa with a cup of Jasmine tea. Just beautiful!

  • BeCharmedDesigns

    BeCharmedDesigns said 9 years ago

    Love the look!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 9 years ago

    Amazing work! Congrats on feature!

  • sunkae

    sunkae said 9 years ago

    ***Stunning pillows! Congrats! ;-)***

  • LaughingMoonCreation

    LaughingMoonCreation said 9 years ago

    Very good article. Love the depth and contrast in your pillows. Congratulations.

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 said 9 years ago

    Very interesting! and congratulations on the article. Good luck in your shop,Christine

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 9 years ago

    Quite beautiful!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    these are beautiful, congrats

  • icepickfeet

    icepickfeet said 9 years ago

    Immediate association with abstracted industrial objects/landscapes as well as rusty, deteriorated surfaces. I admire the textures invoked.

  • PickUpSticksShop

    PickUpSticksShop said 9 years ago

    Your inspiration is felt in your shop's soul. Beautiful

  • catiques

    catiques said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed the article and your items

  • docent29

    docent29 said 9 years ago

    reminiscent of sandy beaches, flowing water, beautiful concepts - kudos on joining Etsy with your very cool contributions

  • amityfarmbatik

    amityfarmbatik said 9 years ago

    Very, very appealing pillows and design. They originate from nature and most certainly would give a home a wonderful organic feeling. Your story is also fun to read.

  • pocketdelight

    pocketdelight said 9 years ago

    Moody etherial images :) Way out price for a pillow though.

  • Anazazi

    Anazazi said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are very beautifull!! Life changes always like nomads do. Your colors are very natural like plains and deserts full of creating and silence. You are working with your heart!

  • dianepaganpoetry

    dianepaganpoetry said 9 years ago

    I love your work! This is so poetic and beautiful! I love that you are working on the ephemeral and the organic! Beautiful!


    8SHADOWS said 9 years ago

    Hi! I like the idea behind your work... & pillows - absolutely ;)

  • freddysax

    freddysax said 9 years ago

    very interesting.

  • 3mapleavenuedesigns

    3mapleavenuedesigns said 9 years ago

    Awesome work! I will look at pillows in a wonderful new way!

  • ephemerascenti

    ephemerascenti said 9 years ago

    very inspiring work. pure, organic! and congratulations on your well deserved feature. your use of the word ephemeral certainly garnered my attention.

  • CrimeanPalais

    CrimeanPalais said 9 years ago

    Hello Fumika, the combination of interieur-design with the philosophy of permanent change in an sustainal environment is UNIQUE ! Esp. decorating rooms with the aid of fabrics is a "science of its own". I personally would recommend to study also David Hicks, a classical british interieur-designer from the 60ties, 70ties and 80ties. Importent books by David Hicks: DAVID HICKS ON BATHROOMS (1970) DAVID HICKS ON DECORATION - WITH FABRICS Rare (1971) DAVID HICKS - Style and Design (1987) best regards, Crimean Palais

  • CrimeanPalais

    CrimeanPalais said 9 years ago

    Here some facts / short vita of David Hicks: David Hicks (1929-1998) is regarded as one of the finest and most influential interior designers of the twentieth century. Known for his bold use of colour, eclecticism, and geometric designs in carpets and textiles, Hicks turned English decorating on its head in the 50s and 60s. His trademark use of electrifying colour combinations, mixing antiques and modern furniture and abstract paintings became the in-style for the chic of the day, including Vidal Sassoon and Helena Rubenstein. He also designed rooms for the young Prince Charles and Princess Anne, a yacht for King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and a nightclub on the QE2 ocean liner. He had an unparalleled range of talents for designing carpet, fabric and wallpaper design, landscape architecture and garden design, commercial decor for restaurants and hotels, and interiors for homes and offices. By the 70s David Hicks had become a brand.

  • gracefulplace

    gracefulplace said 8 years ago

    Soo amazing!

  • BoutiqueAlaMode

    BoutiqueAlaMode said 8 years ago

    I enjoyed the article! Love your unique work! Really beautiful creations!

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 8 years ago

    I love your pillows and aesthetics very much. Beautiful work!

  • aveshop

    Astra from aveshop said 8 years ago

    Great. Your works reveal neverseen modern look on linen.

  • BCbuzz

    BCbuzz from BCbuzz said 8 years ago

    Brilliant themes, imagination is what keeps us evolving. Look forward to seeing more!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo from lunahoo said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Fumika! I love your work!

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