Happy Monday! What a beautiful surprise to receive this beautiful magazine spread in my inbox this morning!
While scrolling down Allyson Rousseau Instagram feed the other day to see her beautiful weaving work, I came across this adorable children’s room by Pea les Maisons and saw my paper flamingo on the wall. It was a cool surprise as I wasn’t expecting it! I follow the work of many talented artists on Instagram and it’s always super fun to see my products next to theirs on the walls of beautiful homes. I emailed Péa (what a beautiful name! makes me want to have another baby to name her Péa!) and she agreed to share more photos with us. Enjoy!
(Photos by Hélène Simard)
Péa also used the flamingo as a decor for a 3rd birthday party!
I just received the last issue of Made in Paper with my interview in it!
Here is the interview in English if you are interested in reading it:
Originally you are from France. What made a french illustrator going to San Francisco?
It was my dream since I came on a trip to California with my parents when I was 10 years old. I just fell in love with California and especially San Francisco. 14 years later I had the opportunity to come and live with a family for 3 months and fell in love again. I found an internship in a design agency so I could get a visa and stay. I now have been living in San Francisco for 8 years and moving soon to Los Angeles.
Describe your style (the style of your paper artwork).
It is happy and colorful, inspired by my girls and travels.
How did your career as an paper artist start? (in Lyon already?)
I always loved making things with my hands, already when I was a child I was making origami and paper boxes. I always knew I’d have a career in art, I studied graphic arts for 4 years at ECV in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The last year I discovered stop-motion animation during a workshop and I completely fell in love with the process and making decors for it. At that time I would use anything from paper, cardboard to clay, fabrics… It is when I arrived in San Francisco that I felt so inspired by all the colors from the architecture so I started using bright colored paper only, I loved it and people seemed to like my work too so I just kept doing it and that’s how I found my style and got my first client to do illustrations for a magazine.
Why do you prefer working with paper?
I like to transform a flat paper sheet into something three dimensional, the process is really fun and challenging to but the result is so magical!
Did/how did your move to San Francisco (your new environment) change your style?
Like I said above, it is in San Francisco that I really found my style. The colors and happy vibe from the city definitely inspired my work. I always wonder how my work would look like if I stayed in France or Montreal in Canada where I lived for a year prior to moving to San Francisco.
You are working as a Prop Stylist in San Francisco. What are you doing exactly … (as far as it has to do with paper …) I am an illustrator, paper artist and prop stylist. I also have my own online shop where I sell paper animal kits to decorate homes. I do illustrations and stop-motion animations for magazines and brands such as Milk Magazine, Yoga Journal, Oh Joy!, McDonald’s, Target, Chronicle Books. I’ve also done in-store displays for Gap Baby and more recently found an interest in creating paper props for brands such as Indego Africa, Louise Misha and the magazine FamilyFun. I am really excited by our move to LA, I really hope to do exciting collaborations with brands.
What has been your most challenging job as a prop stylist by now?
As much as I love photoshoots with kids they are also the most challenging as a prop stylist because you never really know how the kids are going to behave that day and paper props can be very delicate and fragile. So I always have to be prepared, bring more papers and all my tools, and make extra pieces in case some need to be replaced, improvised. But this is what makes it fun and exciting too!
Tell us more about what you do … How is your home? As funny and colorful as your objects? My home is as colorful as my work. As much as I love neutral and all white space I always need to add a little touch of colors. I also like to mix styles and prints and texture. I like my home to be cozy and welcoming and a fun space for my daughters to grow up in and be inspired by!
Your home is covered with objects/styles from all over the world (Greece, Mexico, France, Marocco)… Where do you get your inspirations? yes I have a lot of pieces from my travels, I love Moroccan rugs and cushions, Mexican baskets and textiles…I am inspired by all the colors and textures and I can never get enough of baskets!
Why are colors so important to you? They make me happy! They put me in a good mood!
How would your dream(paper)project look like? My dream would be to really grow my brand, my product design studio. Find help from people I trust and are as inspired and ambitious as I am to bring my products ideas to life.
Do you spend a lot of time time with social media? What is your favorite platform to communicate your work (and why)?
I do, a little too much actually! Instagram is a really great platform to share my work, my new products and bits and pieces of my life with my kids and our travels, inspiration…
You know how much I love to see my products in your homes. I just came across this beautiful feature of Becky Kimball’s home on Design Mom and saw my paper flamingo in it. I am very flattered to see my product in a such a gorgeous home.
(All photos from Becky Kimball on Design Mom)
Thank you Becky! I am so glad you like your paper flamingo!
I have more beautiful and inspiring homes that I will share with you this week. And if you want to share some images of your new friend(s) with me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, it is a popsicle in her mouth…her first one! She saw a bowl full of popsicles at a vendors table so she had to have one.
We are both wearing embroidered jumpsuits from Mexico, Anouk’s is from Revolución Del Sueño.
This saturday morning, the girls and I spent some time looking at our beautiful photo book from Mexico. We talked about all the memories we have from these amazing 6 months we lived there.
Thank you so much Parabo Press for this gift! A fabulous idea for Mother’s Day!
Parabo Press is offering to all my readers a FREE SET OF SQUARE PRINTS. Just enter coupon code CHLOE at check out and place your order before May 3rd to get your gift on time for Mother’s Day!
And here is what I did with our square prints! A photo gallery on the girls closet to make it more fun and colorful!
For those who follow me on Instagram, you know that my little family and I moved to Los Angeles early April after our extended vacation in Mexico. Almost a month since we’ve been back in California! Between unpacking, work, preschool and daycare hunt… it’s been a pretty busy one. We are slowly exploring our new neighborhood and around. You can follow our new colorful adventures here!
And if you have any tips, fun spots in LA worth a visit, please share! I love exploring!
Meet my mini friend Aura, Lula’s friend! She is one of the sweetest little girl I know.Always rocking fun shades from We Are Sons and Daughters, sometimes she has pink hairs. She has the coolest style. No wonder when your mom is the super talented Emily Wassal, founder of Mini X Style.
I just started a Girlfriends Portrait Series this week, I will try and do my best to post each week on Instagram a new portrait of a woman friend who inspires me.
The first one is my beautiful and inspiring friend Heta Fell, from London living in San Francisco, she is the mum of two adorable young boys and the creator of Stance Podcast. She is always super stylish. The perfect pair of sunglasses matching the coolest little dress. Last weekend she came over to my house wearing this fabulous dress from Vivetta.
Last month we were lucky to go to Cuba for 5 days after a quick stop to Tulum. One lost stroller, one Airbnb without water, a failed car reservation didn’t stop us from having fun. We enjoyed walking around the magical and colorful streets of Havana and took a cab to Trinidad! Unfortunately we had to cancel Santa Clara and Cienfuegos from our trip because we didn’t have a car (impossible to find another one) but that gives us a good excuse to come back!
Lula, always on the run!
This was our ride from La Havana to Trinidad. A 4 hours drive!
Lula and our driver with guide on our first day in La Havana.
It was so sweet to see the kids in the streets running to the girls to give them hugs and kisses, invite us to their home.
Gorgeous tiles everywhere!
Already trying to escape my hand!
That pose! Notice the shoes matching the car!