Good news, I have finally completed the editing of all the pictures related to last month's exhibition at Gallery Palette, Le Jardin Secret de Marie [Marie's Secret Garden]. I never thought it would take me so long to put together these posts for you - who live far away and couldn't attend the event!
I gave a series of workshops during the exhibition and participants created their embroidered accessories such as flower brooches or bracelets, in their own color combo. It was a challenge for me (I had up to 10 participants and had to speak in Japanese at times) as well as an amazing experience. After all it was my first solo exhibition ever, and I worked on it for several month: coming up with the theme, the decoration and of course creating the pieces that would be showcased, preparing for the workshops projects and teaching materials too. I surely gained a lot of insights and strength since the beginning of the year, and I am grateful to everyone who was able to give me a hand & support me when I had low spirits thinking I could never make it.
Let's discover the week in pictures, I hope you enjoy this post, one of the longest I have ever done for the blog!
Akima-san and I proudly presenting
Paper flowers enhancing a simple light garland and brightening up the space
the very popular fake flowers wall in the entrance!
Hand-embroidered Mexican baskets
the arch in the entrance was Akima-san's idea and came to life under the magical hands
of my assistant and friend Nao Lincoln
many friends granted me their visit and it made me so happy!
I should have made many more pairs of earrings as they literally flew off the shelves!
Sporting out my very own hat, which I used as a prop in my set-up
Gorgeous dahlias offered by Akima-san, what a pleasure to the eyes!
thank you for coming ladies!
blue accessories were a lot more popular than I thought they would be!
new day, new outfit!
a single flower can brighten up your day & interior when it's that pretty!
the color is spot on and matches so well with the turquoise glass.
friends of friends came too, thank you so much!
preparing the beads color palette for the workshops
more blooms and a very happy me!
10 happy participants to the Thursday workshop...
a talented participant wearing her new brooch!
this lemon cake was home baked by one of my regular workshop students,
and it tasted amazing. Thank you so much Maki-san!
brooches are all gone!
framing my square photos with masking tape is fun!
the necklace pictured on the invitation has been sold...
the bigger brooches were also very popular and they are all gone!
The Mini Me dolls had their very own colourful corner in the gallery! There were many of them, all unique with different colour combinations...
We held a little party, French style, at the end of the exhibition to thank everyone who participated and helped out, it was a very lovely way to close up this amazing week. We had pasta salad, hummus, baguette and cheese, and of course wine and champagne!