Paris coolest tradeshows: Who's Next and Maison & Objet

Hello!

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!

 What an idea! I had heard about them and finally saw at Who's Next

 What an idea! I had heard about them and finally saw at Who's Next

Stand by Donna Wilson at Maison & Objet, I love the prints

Stand by Donna Wilson at Maison & Objet, I love the prints

Jars Ceramics colour palettes are always gorgeous (M&O)

Jars Ceramics colour palettes are always gorgeous (M&O)

Murano glasses are just so beautiful! (M&O)

Murano glasses are just so beautiful! (M&O)

6 best Art Supplies Stores in Paris to amuse you while I'm getting back to reality

Hello friends!

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.

The "Grand Bleu", multicolor waters in the Porquerolles Island, South of France

The "Grand Bleu", multicolor waters in the Porquerolles Island, South of France

La Roane, a gorgeous river in the Drome department

La Roane, a gorgeous river in the Drome department

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.

Have fun!

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!