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.