Hello! It's been a week already and I cant hardly believe how cool it was. The third edition of "Brasil Mania pop-up store" gathered great energy, people and creativity! Nice meetings about entrepreneurship, beautiful selection of products and the best host ever: the gorgeous Storia Gallery and its founder Emmanuelle Picciolo Gormezano. Launching my brand Lavinia Objetos in such great conditions just got me more and more inspired to move on. I'm very grateful to Isabel Brossolette Branco and Hellen Kupfer-Hass the masterminds behind the web platform Paris Mania. Take a look at the pictures below:
Today is wednesday, the day I usually post. As you may noticed I haven't been so active lately with my website. I'm so, so busy taking classes that, sometimes I just don't have the energy to seat down and go writing. Well, MATS part A started, it's a very intense course and I'm, so far, very disciplined with my assignments. For those who want more information check it here. This week we are covering Children's book market, last week was Home Décor and the first week we had Bolt Fabric. The good thing about it is that you learn a lot about each market, what Art Directors are interested in, time management and yourself... Which is so far everyone's struggle.
Do I fit in? Is my style good enough? Am I a commercial artist? Do I really want to be? What's next? All those questions are popping up in my head like every five minutes. Having a studio is helping me a lot to manage my time and to focus on creating art. My drawing skills are getting in shape and I have many others to develop, like character development and hand lettering. Where is everything is taking me? I don't know but I'll have good and varied portfolio and I'm having fun, a lot!
Check it out my presentation pages for MATS A. Do you have any comments or suggestions? Please feel free to do it!
I was busy with my kid on wednesday so I didn't post earlier. So here I am catching up with you, my post subject is basically: if there's something in Paris that we can't complain about is "what to do?". There are so many options that, sometimes, we just get lost. Even living here for the last 7 years, I'm still discovering many things. Anyway, the fall season is also the Art season. All the big exhibitions and Art fairs are mid October. I'm trying to get organised and give you my own reviews because I haven't visit yet any of those amazing exhibitions. For now, I just extracted the texts below from the official websites and got excited to see them all!
So here's my DON'T MISS short list:
- Picasso Mania (Grand Palais): The twenty or so solo or group exhibitions since 1973 that have focused on the study of the posterity of Pablo Picasso’s oeuvre testify to its impact on contemporary art. The exhibition at the Grand Palais takes a simultaneously chronological and thematic approach to the critical and artistic highlights of Picasso’s career and the myth that gradually built up around his name. More information here
- Warhol Unlimited (MAM Paris): As a setting for the first European showing of Shadows (1978-79) in their entirety, the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting a remarkable exhibition to Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Comprising over 200 works, Unlimited highlights the serial side of the Warhol oeuvre – a crucial aspect of his work – and his ability to rethink the way art should be exhibited. More information here
- Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910 (Musée d'Orsay): The first major show on the subject of prostitution, this exhibition attempts to retrace the way French and foreign artists, fascinated by the people and places involved in prostitution, have constantly sought to find new pictorial resources for depicting the realities and fantasies it implied. More information here
- Fantastic! Kuniyoshi, demon of the prints (Petit Palais): Visitors to the Petit Palais are invited to discover, for the first time in France, the work of the extraordinary artist, Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). His prints are characterised by originality in their inspiration and composition, violence in the monster and warrior prints, and humour in the Chinese shadows series, the caricatures and his representations of the life of cats. More information here.
I can't forget to mention the FIAC, the Contemporary Art Fair. More than an Art Fair is a cultural event that shakes Paris, the whole city gets involved, it's amazing.
Oh, I chose to draw Picasso's face in my real Facebook as my first drawing.
See you next week!
It's been a very exciting "rentrée" for me. I've been setting up my new studio and enjoying my new work routine. September is the beginning of the year (for someone coming from the South Hemisphere it sounds weird!) and there are huge events here in Paris, like Who's Next and Maison & Objet. Fortunately, I had the chance to see them both and get really inspired.
Who's Next/Prêt-à-Porter is the most important Fashion Trade Show in the world. There are more than 2000 exhibitors and you can see from established big brands to fresh new creators coming out of the schools and exposing themselves to the market. All next year trends are there. They have two editions that lasts 3 days, one in January (Autumn/Winter season) and the other one in September (Summer/Spring).
Maison & Objet, which means House and Object, is sooooo big (8 pavilions) that lasts 5 days! It's all about Home Décor and they reorganised everything this year. I only saw one (huge) pavilion, and, in my opinion, the most interesting, the one called Now!. It has all kinds of products, furniture, lamps, textiles, stationery... displaying what's coming next in Home Déc. Every year they choose a country to promote their best designers. Taiwan was the chosen one this year, they have interesting things but I'm always, always amazed by the Scandinavian designs. Denmark, Sweden, Finland are the best.
The next interesting shows are Première Vision, everything in textiles you can imagine and FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair, when the world best galleries get together in the Grand Palais.
Tonight I'll be visiting another show Now! Le Off, part of the Paris Design Week that getting better every year. So now it's time to digest and think about all the information I gathered and keep working.
See you soon!
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.
It's been a while I haven't posted anything, or even updated my portfolio (shame on me!) and that's because I spent a whole month in vacations. I went on a trip with my husband and two kids (5yo and 2,5 yo). It was exhausting (small children parents knows what I'm talking about...) and amazing. Almost no Internet, no computer or IPad... just a bad connection sometimes to post few photos. We visited many different places and enjoyed a lot being close to the water, both the Mediterranean Sea and the Drôme River. The kids had a blast.
I also had a break from regular drawing and I don't regret it all, because I wrote A LOT. Journaling is a cool experience and I pampered myself with some contemplation time. Reading some books, going bike riding and trekking, and being in contact with the nature (and great wine) can change your mood for the year ahead.
Now I'm back to reality here in Paris, trying to get things done. I'll be taking MORE online classes next semester and the next one of it is in acrylic painting! I'm so excited! Don't worry, I'll post it about it later. So, before I have something cool from my production to show, let's go shopping for art material to get inspired.
Here are, in my opinion, the BEST art supplies addresses in Paris:
Le Géant des Beaux-Arts: it's like Paradise in Earth, I can happily cross the town for getting in one of the 2 stores they have here (I go in the one in the 11ème) but I do almost my shopping online.
Rougier & Plé (Graphigro): They are 50 stores in France and I normally go to the one in the XVème, but it's not my favorite I like the one in the Marais. They have a nice selection of products.
Lavrut: I visited this shop a while ago, I found everything very expensive but they are located in a famous "Passage", so the visit is something special.
Sennelier: you just want to die when you get inside this tiny little shop in the Rive Gauche packed with the best (and expensive) you can find in art materials. They sell Dr. Ph Martins inks here, the only place I found it. They have weird open time schedule, but if you visit the Louvre you just cross a bridge and you're there. They have another shop in Montparnasse but it was closed when I try to visit.
Boesner: Never been there but my sketching folks loves the address, they have some amazing squared sketchbooks. I'm planning to go soon.
Marin: A friend told me about it and it seems like THE secret place, where the pros go. They have a good website and I think I gonna freak out when I see this place. They are a wood, colors and fabric manufacturer!
So if you are an art material addict, like me, visiting Paris let me know if you stop by one of these stores.
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.
Since I restart drawing and painting I live Spring in a different way. I think I have my eyes more opened to the colors and shades of leaves and flowers. I love the variety of them, each week I see some new varieties blooming. Inspired by that, I started to study the shapes and test new papers for watercolor. Florals are not my real thing but I kind of enjoying them. Style shifting? We'll see.
Watercolor is a medium that I never tried till last year. I find it very interesting to experiment with, there are so many possibilities... I love the portability when sketching outdoors but I'm far away from controlling and getting what I want. Papers, brushes and the mist important thing: patience. Which, to be honest, I don't have too much. Too deal with it I work now in multiple projects at the same time. I create a background in a paper, go back to another drawing, then, while one is drying, I continue another. For now, I'm testing and having fun with the process.