Morning Reading

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On a recent post I was talking about one of Lula’s favorite book Bienvenue a Dreamland, another favorite is I am a bunny, I read it to her so many time, I know it by heart and that little bunny Nicholas is adorable. Lula loves her bunnies, she has the Jellycat in all sizes and many different colors. It is funny how she can imitate all the animals but can’t say their names yet, she doesn’t say bunny but she says “palin” instead of “lapin” (the french for bunny). Too cute!

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She loves books a lot, she started saying “book” I guess it’s easier to pronounce than “livre”. She used to come grab my hand to take me to her room and say “this, this!” pointing her books. Now she says “books” all the time! The other day I caught her reading a book to her doll, so adorable. I just love watching this little girl grow, I can’t believe she’ll be 2 in a couple months.

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Oh and miss Lula got a new pair of Vans! I might get the matching ones…

Have a colorful day!

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Indigo and Neons

Here is my second try at weaving. I’ll show you the first one that is hanging in Lula’s room next week. I went to Meghan Shimek workshop a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it so much. I love the endless possibilities weaving offers, from the colors, stitch, design…to the use. I love that you can insert little piece of wood, beads anything actually! It can just be tapestry wall hangings or bigger projects like a rug, poncho, blanket, belt, bracelet…so many things!

I just got Sheila Hicks book, her work is so inspiring.

What I’d really like to learn next is basket weaving, I am looking for a class in San Francisco.

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Story time with Lula

I knew I wanted to be an illustrator since my second year in art school. I was obsessed with children’s book and bought one almost once a week for inspiration. I loved (and still do) the textured illustrations: made with fabrics, cardboard, threads, papers…less traditional illustrations, less childish but still children books.

So at my parent’s house in France, my bedroom’s closet is full of illustrated books that I wish I had here so I can read them to Lula. I think that would be the first time I actually read them, I only looked at the images!

So I try every time I go back to France to put 2 or 3 in my luggage so I can build a fun little library here, and a mix of french and english books. Also, Lula’s new nanny speaks spanish with her so I’d love to find some spanish ones as well!

It is so fun to now read those books to Lula, they have a new meaning. At the time I bought those books I was dreaming about becoming an illustrator, and here I am 8 years later, reading the books who inspired my career to my daughter and finally be an illustrator myself (something that I doubted so many times, as it is really difficult to become successful in this field and it takes a lot of time to find your own style and build a portfolio). Maybe in a few years, I’ll read Lula one of my books! Who knows…

I also got her some of my favorite french books as a kid like the Martine series and Babar’s.

In these photos I am reading La Maison de Lulu illustrated by Delphine Durand. Lula loves it! Pop up are so fun!

What are your favorite children books? Any suggestions for me to read to Lula?

 

 

 

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Creative Block

Yay! Creative Block has arrived! I received yesterday the book I am featured in. The writer, Danielle Krysa is an artist and the blogger behind the well-know Jealous Curator.

I am so proud and honored to be featured in this beautiful book, among these amazingly talented artists from all around the world. Creative Block shares the artists insight into their process and offer challenges to push you and help you moving forward when you are stuck! So fun!

Friends and followers in the bay area, come to Little Paper Planes march 5th from 7-9pm. The shop will be hosting the book launch party. There will be wine, sweet treats, and a few of the unblocking exercises set up. Books will be for sale at the event, or if you already have one please bring it for Danielle and the bay area artists (Arian Behzadi, Lisa Congdon, Kelly Lynn Jones and me!) to sign.

 If they want to buy the book ahead of time it’s for sale at Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, amazon.com, Chronicle Books (shop and online), and of course, at Little Paper Planes : )

 

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