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Fresh Shop: Voyage Immobile

Feb 7, 2013

by barbryck 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 handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!
My name is Barbara Ryckewaert and I make artful mobiles and suspensions for my shop, Voyage Immobile. I am based in Nantes, a charming city in the west of France.

Before opening my Etsy shop, I studied fine art for three years in Angoulême, then spent four years in Paris at the School of Decorative Arts where I focused on video and photography. Three years after my studies ended, I suddenly wanted to make something with my hands. I needed a break from the world of screens, so I created a mobile for my newborn nephew.


With that first mobile, I wanted to make something different, something more personal and interesting that traditional mobiles — a mobile my nephew could keep for years and even appreciate when he is grown up. Friends I trusted encouraged me to make more, and that is how my Etsy shop came to be.


All of my pieces are unique, and I love to work on custom projects. Most of the time, I compose my suspensions gradually, depending on what it comes to hand. Drawing sometimes helps me find a good arrangement. It is very different from my photography and video work, but maybe someday the two will connect.


My inspiration comes from different things I see everyday and the treasures I find. I have always enjoyed collecting items here and there  — found objects on the street, things from flea markets, secondhand shops and Etsy. Each will get used eventually, but sometimes it takes a while. The ceramic animals I have been using in my recent mobiles are souvenirs from my travels as a child. Thankfully, my mother didn’t throw them out!


Translated, the name of my shop means “stationary journey.” With my mobiles, I try to create guides and supports for creative and joyful mental journeys. I like the idea of my work encouraging those adventures.
Photos by Voyage Immobile.


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  • MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Really beautiful! I love how you were looking to create a keepsake for your nephew that he can keep in his life forever verses just as a baby. Your work is so unique and wonderful! :)

  • theowlshop said 8 years ago

    Love your unique mobiles...they really are so versatile! Thank you for sharing your story...

  • misschristiana said 8 years ago

    Very beautiful work!

  • haruaki said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous! Bonne chance/Ganbatte!

  • MinaMinette said 8 years ago

    I am in love with these wonderful creations!

  • EdelweissPost said 8 years ago

    Like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, there is just something about floating art suspended in mid-air which captures the imagination and excites us with possibilities~

  • LivingVintage said 8 years ago

    Unique and fun. Congrats!

  • mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful & unique idea to make mobiles from found items! Just out of nosiness I'd be interested to see some stats on how featuring a new seller helps with their Etsy sales...

  • ErinAntiques said 8 years ago

    Beautiful mobiles! Love them :)

  • charlynw said 8 years ago

    This is just way too good!!! Super lovely all around. :)

  • LineaLina said 8 years ago

    They certainly have a very personal touch! And they are beautiful! Etsy is the right place for all the creative people that are suddenly overwelmed by a creative flow. This is what I love about this place! Congrats!

  • PeonyKnits said 8 years ago

    Lovely work! Congratulations!!

  • auntjanecan said 8 years ago

    Ooooo I love these mobiles!

  • Lanapelana said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Congrats!

  • rutheshop said 8 years ago

    As a fellow scavenger, I totally 'get' and love what you do-please make more!

  • nat1489 said 8 years ago

    Love these, very fresh and original. I like the one with the whale!

  • Fanie said 8 years ago

    I just love the idea of handmade mobiles! :-D Awesome!

  • NoaSharonDesigns said 8 years ago

    SO cool! I really love these pretty and unique mobiles! you make beautiful items :) congrats for your feature ♥

  • gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    So unique and very pretty!!!

  • gertieloo88 said 8 years ago

    So unexpectedly poignant. Thanks for sharing the little pieces of your life with us.

  • FreakyPeas said 8 years ago

    very amazing! you have great imagination!

  • FieldTripVintage said 8 years ago

    A wonderful idea for a blog series, I always enjoy hearing the back stories and artist process behind handmade pieces. Lovely photos too.

  • FergusonsJewelry said 8 years ago

    Wow! These are amazing, and your story of how your journey began is fascinating! The mobiles are absolutely beautiful works of art- I loved getting to hear your story! Jo

  • carolmcelroy2 said 8 years ago

    Barbara, your creations are wonderful. I wish you much success here at Etsy, and I am sure you will have it! :) Carol

  • rebeccagoebel said 8 years ago

    Super Cute Creations .. Very Unique .. Thanks for Sharing!!

  • teatimealchemist said 8 years ago

    i fall in love with it. U create beauty things <3

  • lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Very nice!!

  • OliCreations said 8 years ago

    One of the things I love about Etsy is that you can find just about anything, any kind of object...from clothes to vintage underwear to pots and pans to dog coats...anything! I love your product, I never stopped and noticed what a great source of inspiration mobiles for newborns could be! And i love how you turned them into small works of art that can be cherished for a lifetime. Beautiful, delicate, and very unique!

  • gemmamortlock said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and very inspiring i hope you do well :) x

  • dabsh01 said 8 years ago

    Nice Work!

  • ThreeBarDGifts said 8 years ago

    Cute, playaful and artsy! Congrats on the feature and wishing you much success!!

  • unastigsdottir said 8 years ago

    Really really nice fellow european. love from iceland.

  • WoodlandCottage said 8 years ago

    I'm fascinated by the way that the perception of an item (like the lampworked Orca whale) changes when it is "up in the air." Your beautiful mobiles force us to literally change our point of view. Thank you for sharing.

  • aressa said 8 years ago

    How creative is this? I would have never dreamed of doing anything like this...Wonderful!

  • thevicagirl said 8 years ago

    Cool, looks like a lot of fun.

  • mlezcano said 8 years ago

    There comes a point for many of us where working on a screen becomes insufficient for feeding our need to create.. It's only when we take something into our hands and mold it to our vision that our needs are met.

  • WiseLines said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Your creative soul thrives in the spirit that lives in your mobiles! Best of luck!

  • valeriephoto said 8 years ago

    I used to make mobiles and I loved it. It's on my ever-growing list of things to do when I finish my current Etsy orders!

  • evamoe said 8 years ago

    The aesthetics of these works in general is very simplistic and calming. I am also very interested in using found objects, though my shop currently does not reflect that.

  • beckyadamjoe said 8 years ago

    Barbara, Your mobiles are floating works of art. Each one is so interesting. Your nephew will probably grow into a young artist very soon!

  • miriammcgowan said 8 years ago

    love your individual ideas very unique,thats letting your soul dance ,very happy for you miriam

  • carolwagner1 said 8 years ago

    Love how they are all so different! Great work

  • pineconevintage said 8 years ago

    I love these--so unique, whimsical and charming!

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  • nelson776 said 8 years ago

    I love your mobiles! Very unique.

  • KaiceJoy said 8 years ago

    beautiful one of a kind mobiles!

  • DebsUpcycledArt said 8 years ago

    What fun your work is!!! I love it!

  • nativestrandsjewelry said 8 years ago

    I like the colors!

  • INeedAStitch said 8 years ago

    Your pieces are very unique- congrats!

  • MarieneJardim said 8 years ago

    Congrats for this beautiful work! :)

  • metalicious said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love the tiny surprises in each one.

  • seasidecloth said 8 years ago

    Love these designs - so intricate and creative. Congrats on your feature.

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