When Boise's Kimberly Thompson learned of French artist Raymond Edouard Isidore, her interest was piqued. Isidore was a graveyard sweeper in the early to mid-1900s who covered his modest house near Chartres, France, in shards of broken glass and pottery, eventually becoming known as the father of Pique Assiette.
Thompson, a former model and actress, decided to adapt the Pique Assiette technique into wearable art. Utilizing bits of vintage jewelry and semi-precious stones she uncovers at garage sales, flea markets and auctions, Thompson fashions elaborately colorful Hip Candy belt buckles that she sells under the name Bohemian Dirt.
"I'm so particular with what I'll use in my pieces, it's got to have that French bohemian color, the muted sage-y tones. ... I feel like everything's got to have a story or an essence that you feel," said Thompson.
Thompson's buckles have recently held up the pants of musicians like Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction, Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips and alt-country star Lucinda Williams.
"I think my work has this rock 'n' roll kind of vibe to it; I really have always felt that way," said Thompson.
Thompson's Bohemian Dirt line can be purchased at Piece Unique and Shoez in Boise or at the upcoming La De Da market in Bown Crossing above Flatbread Community Oven, Thursday, Nov. 8-Friday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Items will also soon be available at Boise Co-op.