When life happens

Hello!

I decided not to write about last Friday's attacks here in Paris or the death of a whole river in Brazil. It's all too sad and unacceptable, and people are already talking about it. I want to talk about life. My life, ordinary lives. And how blessed, happy and lucky I am to be able to express myself with freedom. While writing this post I received a notification of a Tweet from my beloved Sketchbook Skool. If you read my blog, you know I can't be more grateful to Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene to inspire a huge community and allow me to completely change my creative life. What a surprise and honor to have my post displayed in their blog! Isn't that cool?

From the beginning of last week till few minutes ago, I was drowned in front of my computer finishing a presentation that was really time consuming. Huge research, concept development and, only for that, I had to give birth to three logos! I don't talk that much about my graphic designer background here, isn't? Well, the cool thing about getting back to my pens and pencils is that it brought me much more jobs. And once it requires more illustration, I have more pleasure working on them. Take a look at this logo below, my sketching experiences inspired a client to explore it commercially. Happy client and happy designer! I am updating my portfolio soon now I learned to play with mockups! Yummy!

We're at the very last week of our MATS course. It's been very, very intense and decided that I want to spent next year painting at my studio. Really. Dedicate my time to my passion, I'm sure is going to be awesome! I already found few courses to keep going on... but this I'll have to ask to my communities to help me to decide. I'll be back with this answer soon!

Happy new studio!

Hello September!

As I posted in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds I have exciting news! Finally I'll have my own studio here in Paris. "Mon nouveau atelier" is small, cozy and very well located, something that I've been dreaming for a while. I'm sharing the space with a small fashion brand that you'll hear about because they're very talented people. So, dreams can be true when you are grateful to the universe (and your lovely husband!). 

I'll be posting some photos soon. 

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

Imprimerie du Marais

If there's one thing that I'm crazy about is paper and print process. Yesterday, I had the chance to visit a Print Company called Imprimerie du Marais, located in the heart of the coolest quartier in Paris. 

What they do is pure art. Really, each step of the printing production is taken with so much care and love that the results couldn't be more striking. They are masters in silk screen, offset, embossing, foiling, binding for invitations, brochures and stationery for famous brands like Kenzo, Chloè, Dior... If you're looking for quality this is the place to go.

They also work with great design studios that keep pushing them to challenge themselves to create the most amazing products. Melody, the Communication Director, kindly gave me a gift that I couldn't love more! A box with 8 notebooks, each one designed by a different studio, illustrator or graphic designer, that I can't stop staring, touching and get inspired. A collector's piece that you can see below.

What I liked most about this visit is the perfect combination of the high technology printing process with the handmade touch. It gave me many ideas and perspectives and to keep moving on. I hope we'll be partners in many projects very soon. 

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

The box!

The box!

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box

5 things that changed my creative life

I was someone, since I remember, meant to be an ARTIST. My parents enrolled me in a kid's Art School when I was 2yo! During my school years, I was always the kid in the class who use to draw caricatures of the teachers. Anyway, time passed, I took many art classes in many different places and periods of my life. 

When I was 17, I shared an art studio with some friends, I "fell" in my professional life as a Graphic Designer when I was about 20 and before finish my course at the University (that I eventually dropped)... I worked with wonderful people and, having a gap in my formation, I finally had a BFA degree in my 30's.

After that, I opened with my best friend our art gallery entre-tanto. Then I moved to Paris, became mom and, even never stop working as graphic designer, I missed something... Well, to be honest I kind of sabotaged my artistic life for many personal reasons.  

So, last year, to be more precise, around April, everything changed. I was reading my Facebook timeline and I saw a post that a friend enrolled to Sketchbook Skool, yes with a k. To make this post a little more interesting, and because one thing leads to another, I decided to make a list of five things that REALLY changed my creative life forever:

  1. Sketchbook Skool: I can't be more grateful to have stumbled upon Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene and, since the beginning of their project, be a part of this wonderful creative community. All the courses are just fantastic and the teachers are amazing artists.
  2. The book "Art Inc." by Lisa Congdon: I was at the Louvre one day and after my visit in the museum, I entered a book shop and I saw this book, I bought it and read it... a whole new world opened to me.
  3. Pattern Camp by Jessica Swift: After reading Lisa's book, I started to check her website and she posted about this course, that I took last February. I always interested by Surface Pattern Design and I didn't know where I could learn it. Jessica is one of the most generous teachers I ever had.
  4. Creative Bug: OMG, inspiration and stretching skills everywhere! I'm in love with Yao Cheng's work and watercolour classes.
  5. Urban Sketchers: Participating in the Paris Urban Sketchers meetings, or sketchcrawls, I had the chance to make new friends and share my work.

What I learned with my experience is not new: "the more you give, the more you get". Just simple generosity. Sharing tips, drawings, posts, sites that can enhance yours and other people's skills is just something that I intend to keep doing.

The wall in front of my desk

The wall in front of my desk

Lisa's wonderful book. 

Lisa's wonderful book. 

Designing products

It's been a while I wanted to develop my own line of products featuring my prints, patterns and drawings. Actually this is my main goal for this year. I'd love to find nice manufacturers here in France to develop locally a small home décor collection. I wish we had here a Maker's Row style website, it would be easier to make prototypes (or echantillons in French) and some factory sourcing... Maybe it exists and I just need to find it.

As you see below, I already tried some prototyping. The only one I didn't like at all is the notebook, unfortunately the quality of the prototype wasn't as good as I expected. I'll be trying other things soon! 

entre-tanto

entre-tanto, that means in english meanwhile, was one of the best experiences I ever had in my life, professional and personal.

When I lived in Rio, in 2007, me and my best friend and great artist Cila MacDowell opened an art gallery/concept store/multimedia studio in Copacabana.

Our mission was to expose and develop new Brazilian artists and to explore the limits of what's called the "grey area", the intersections between art, design, fashion and video. In the first floor we had our gallery and show room. We could mix furniture with fashion with photography and jewellery, a real playground. 

In the second floor we worked in our studio. Cila is an amazing video artist, she collaborated with famous scenographers in multimedia opera concerts, now she's a teacher at the Art Department at the University in Rio.  I could offer my services as a graphic designer. We both worked together as the curators of our space and we loved to write together.

entre-tanto last 3 amazing years and we did from fashion events to performances, from product development to contemporary art exhibitions. Today I'm very proud to share an image gallery that works as a memoir and a homage to the people who believed and enjoyed this adventure with us. 

I'll be forever grateful. Great times!


Launching (finally) my website

I'm so excited about this website... And very happy you're reading this FIRST post! Blogging is something pretty new for me and I'll be writing, or at least, trying to write in English, just because is the universal language. 

I've been working as a graphic designer for 20 years now and I had never, ever displayed properly my work. You can only find it in the websites of the few communication agencies that I worked for. Anyway, my career is something that simply happened (I have a BFA degree that took me a long time to complete, but that's another story...) and taking care of it, organising my portfolio, sharing my work and showing it to the world is something that I decided to do it right now... 

Turning 40 causes this kind of (r)evolution! 

Trying new experiences, improving my skills and connecting with people interested in Art in general is few of my goals with this website. Please feel free to make comments and suggestions. A website is something that's always improving and I'll be adding new work and features (like signing up for a newsletter) really soon.

Little by little you'll get to know me better... Enjoy it!