Monday, January 18

My first DIY book!


Dear friends,

Time has come for me to announce you the wonderful project I am currently working on. I have been holding the news for quite a while, partly because I couldn't believe it was actually happening, and partly because of a lack of time and energy. 
I am now dedicating my entire time to this "secret" project, and going over deadlines after deadlines so it really feels like it's the right time to spill everything out!

Well, friends, I am currently working on my very first DIY accessory book, which will get published by a Japanese publisher (Tatsumi publishing) in April 2016!! It's amazing, exciting, fabulous, wonderful, crazy and fun -
BUT also extremely busy, tiring, stressful and quite hard (I am saying that I am going to give birth to my first book - haha).

I owe this great opportunity to my current agent-manager Mieko Akima, with whom I have collaborated in the past two years: first for the first three editions of Japanese craft magazine Tukutte, then for my last two exhibitions at Gallery Palette in Tokyo in 2015. I am working hand-in-hand with Akima-san to create this book, it's been a very rewarding experience and I have learnt a lot in the process - and I am still learning.

The book will officially launch at the end of April 2016 at the Tokyo Hobby Show. I will then hold my third exhibition with lots of workshops and of course you will be able to purchase the book and get it signed on the spot! It sounds wonderful, doesn't it?

I won't lie, it's a ton of work and I have extremely busy days and weeks ahead of me, but it's also an exciting "ride" and I am making sure to enjoy every moment of it! Will you tag along? The best way to follow my journey is to follow me on Instagram or Facebook where I post pictures daily. Here below are a few excerpts of my work for the book:


This is a quick look at my presentation table (after meeting, so it looks a bit messy) for the last big meeting we had last Friday. Everything got validated, so now I "just" have to finish all the pieces and prepare for the shooting which is taking place next week. I am also in charge of the styling of the shoot, so I must prepare my props and get ready for this performance - another first for me! 

As soon as the shoot will be over, I will start working on the sketches and instruction for each project. That alone is maybe the most daunting task ahead of me, as it will require drawing skills and the utmost precision to explain at clearly as possible how to realize the pieces on your own - once you have purchased the book. Wish me luck!

Facts
  • I am in charge of the content of the book, 
  • the styling of the photos 
  • as well as the redaction of all the process pages. 
  • the book will have 80 pages (including 64 pages in colors) 
  • roughly a B5 format (18 x 24cm)
  • it will launch at the 40th edition of the Hobby Show in Tokyo (April 28-30, 2016)
  • my 3rd exhibition will take place at Gallery Palette from May 17-22, 2016


I must also mention my amazing sponsors for this book, who are providing me with the very best materials available in the market: 
  • Toho Beads Japan : a worldwide famous Japanese company specializing in beads and craft materials. I am working with their beautiful beads, sequins (called spangles) and I will also use the chains, earring hooks, bracelet and brooch parts. See their online catalogue here. A super supportive team to work with, and definitely gorgeous products!

  • Sunfelt: a Japanese company specializing in felt. Last year I visited their showroom located in Eastern Tokyo, and it was heaven on Earth for felt lovers. Regular woolen felt in all colors, hard felt, punching felt, you name it! Their team is a dream to work with too, and I had my best tempura at a little family-owned restaurant nearby the showroom. Bliss!
  • DMC Japan: A renown French company born in the 18th century in Alsace, DMC is most known for their extended and beautiful embroidery threads. I personally use their Coton Perlé #8 a lot (I'm aiming to own each and every color of the collection!), and I am now getting addicted to their mouliné color variation - especially the very last collection which I had the privilege to use for the book. And again, their team is wonderful and a dream to work with (I am repeating myself, but I am blessed to be able to work with such supportive people).


So all I have to say now is:


(Thank you!)


Friday, January 1

Happy New Year! {2016}


Happy New Year to my lovely readers! Thank you so much for your support in 2015, I will still need you in 2016 as I am planning to reach new heights ;-) I am never short of challenges - rather the opposite actually, and I just hope to have enough time & energy to achieve them all! 

The photo above sums up the 9 most-liked photos on my Instagram in 2015. Clearly there is a message there: you love the embroidered necklace I created for my Spring exhibition in Tokyo! I will create new pieces this year, with new color combinations, promise!

2015 have been busy, and fun, and I have learnt a lot along the way. I have made tremendous improvement with my Japanese & communication skills (although I am far from being fluent in Japanese), I have made new friends and new business contacts. My work was published in the beautiful book by Isa Seminaga, The Creative Entrepreneur, which I will review on the blog soon. I held two exhibitions in Tokyo at Gallery Palette [read about them here, here and here] which were so much fun to create but also a ton of work. Somehow I cooked and baked less than in previous years as I couldn't continue my collaboration with Niki's Kitchen, but I am planning to get back to it in 2016, as I miss my students dearly! I continued working and creating during the summer - while in France, creating the decoration for my sister's wedding (I realize that I haven't posted any photo on the blog yet, OMG) and working on my DIY Craft Box for Tilda Japan, which launched last November. This collaboration allowed me to teach two workshops at Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi in Tokyo, the eldest department store in Japan, in December. A lovely way to end the year!

What awaits in 2016: I will launch a new website, and I will hold yet another exhibition in Spring. I am also preparing new workshops, and exclusive collaborations. The first three months of the year will keep me really busy with a major project that I will unveil on the blog soon. Stay tuned, I am ready to rock 2016 :-)

Happy New Year! Bonne Année 2016!!



Monday, December 21

Tokyo Christmas Exhibition {Part 1}

Collaborative display in the entrance by Eri-san and myself

Hello everyone!

Another week has passed, which brings us closer to Christmas ☆ the children have started their holidays last Friday so we are taking it easy. 
It's about time I share all the photos taken during the exhibition that took place at Gallery Palette at the beginning of December. I collaborated with Japanese illustrator Eri Takenaga on this exhibition, the theme was all about celebrating Christmas in Paris, the city of lights, going to the opera watch the ballerinas and eat pâtisseries afterwards...


the day of the set up... 8 hours spent decorating the gallery!

Country Harvest, a stunning flower shop on the way to Gallery Palette
from Omotesando station. Always an inspiration!

Postcard "Paris is always a good idea" by CINQMAI via BCBasics

Putting the final touches to the Christmas tree...

Eri-san's corner was super cute with many goodies on display: several books featuring her adorable illustrations, stationery, masking tapes, postcards, napkins, scarves, ... 

On top of the shelf is a light box I've had my eyes on for a little while... Text and graphics can be changed as you want to fit in the current mood or atmosphere and kids really enjoy customizing it. Also it can be battery operated which is ideal here in Japan.
BCBasics is distributing the light box in Japan and proposed to send me a sample to try it out. I was over the moon, it felt like Christmas in November! Thank you again Wakako ♡

Light box reading "Joyeux Noel" via BCBasics

Pretty scarves by Eri Takenaga

Light box reading "Joyeux Noel" via BCBasics


Illustration with a ball pen workshop by Eri Takenaga

The ballerina ornament, one of the most popular item of this exhibition!

A ballerina and a matryoshka were welcoming visitors in the entrance. 
Pretty, don't you think?


The golden branch on display was representing an Advent Calendar with little treasure boxes ready to be opened. I replicated this at home because it's just so cute.


Then I imagined my accessories to be displayed like pâtisseries at Ladurée in Paris... Brooches, bracelets, pendants were on little golden trays (transparent acrylique stands from Muji).


I had requested my friend and assistant Nao Lincoln to create a wreath as she has a talent with flower arrangements - among many other things. She came up with the wreath pictured below, made of dried hydrangea sprayed painted in silver, ribbon, pompom, baubles and feathers. Very unique and beautiful!

Flower hairpin, a new design and a popular sale at the exhibition! 
I should have made many more...


For this exhibition I also commissioned wire artist Junko Hoshi three pieces to display my earrings: a Christmas tree and two stars. It worked really well and could be hung on the walls - as shown in the picture below:

A new necklace design that I will develop in different shades in the near future...


We are done with {Part 1} of the exhibition recap! More pictures of the several workshops that took place during that week and photos with my lovely visitors will be shared shortly. Stay tuned!

Light box reading "Joyeux Noel" via BCBasics



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