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The art of Egg Tarts at Spring

Lovely to teach a special “Egg tart” workshop with the chef Ms Rae and Ms Abby last weekend at Spring Hong Kong
Always a pleasure to meet little artists and their parents, thank you for joining this special event and thank you Spring for having us!
Egg tarts are a must in Hong Kong and not only kids love it, but adults too!

If you are interested joining one of our workshops, please and an email at enquiry@minifab.com.hk
We will inform you when new dates are scheduled.

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Upcoming March events!

Hello Hello!
If you missed the launch and the “HK from A to Z” event in Metrobooks, save the date for our next storytelling and watercolor workshop sessions on:

Sunday, 19th March 2017  (3-4:30pm)
at Petit Bazaar |Wanchai Store
Sign up here

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Sunday, 26th March 2017 (11am-12:30pm)
at the Children Bookfest | Repulse Bay
Walk-in event

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Ellen and I will be thrilled to meet you there!
See you then!

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Hong Kong from A to Z

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Here is the latest release! An alphabet book about Hong Kong, made with my dear friend Ellen Ng.
We worked on this project for 9 months, yes 9 months, the same amount of time as a baby in your body. As luck would have it, I received the book sample at the hospital entrance on the day our second son Nessim was born!

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The idea had planted it’s seed a year ago while I was on a trip in Australia. Once I returned to Hong Kong, I presented the idea to Ellen who immediately accepted to join the adventure by writing the texts.
Ellen is little Emma’s mom, we quickly agreed to name our heroine “Ayma” a mix of “Aydan” (my eldest son) and “Emma”.

I really loved working with Ellen, she helped bring this project to a dimension that I certainly would not have achieved by myself. Although we each have a specific role, Ellen writes and I illustrate, we have worked very closely, bouncing off each other’s ideas, thus creating very dynamic exchanges!
We have developped and printed the book and are currently working on its commercialisation.
This is a very exciting adventure as well as very diverse!

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Here’s a small selection of the books’ launch at Bookazine on February 21st, 2017, thank you so much to those who attend it.

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This book is for children, so we will be donating a portion of our profits to a charitable organisation for disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. We are still looking for the right partner, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any organisation recommendations!
We have launched a Facebook page to keep you up updated about the book. We will also have a lot of events to come, do not miss anything HERE.

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Here are some pictures of our latest event at Metrobooks where I hosted a small watercolor workshop for children. Other dates are scheduled for the month of March, stay tuned!

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The book is available for sale  on our E-boutique  (we ship worldwide!)


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Other point of sale:

* ONLINE:
Minifab.com
Babycentral.com

* IN STORE:
Bookazines (Prince’s building, Pacific place 3, Repulse Bay, Lyndhurst Terrace, Exchange Square, Discovery Bay)
Metrobooks (Elements, Times Square, Mikiki)
Petit Bazaar (Wanchai, Gough street)
Booktique (Hopewell Center Wanchai)

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Shangri la Hotel HK
Four Seasons IFC HK

 

 

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Paris, week 3 – Patinas workshop

We have ended this third and final week of training in Paris with the same sense of excitement and wonder that we have been feeling since day one.

During this final week, we worked on metallic patinas and rust-like effects using this time acrylic glazing. What a treat! I had never used before metallic pigments. It’s so beautiful and delicate…
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Here are other trials of aging patinas and oxidation. This time, we worked on plasters and moldings :
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We have also been working on our stone wall. There is room for improvement, so I will definitely keep working on my technique. ^^

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At the end of the week, we briefly touched on another chapter of wall decoration : creative coatings. Absolutely fascinating ! Although it was only an initiation with the tools and materials on small samples, I can’t wait to put it into practice on a larger scale in Hong Kong !
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Many thanks to my professors Jean Pascal and Marie for their generosity and best wishes to my talented classmates. I hope our paths cross again very soon !

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It’s time for me to finally be reunited with my little boy and sweet husband who have both been so patient and encouraging. One month is a long time to be far away from these guys !

 


Paris, week 2 – Patinas workshop

During the second week of the workshop, we focused on the water-based glazing : the dextrin glazing.
It’s a non polluant mixture of of vinegar, water and dextrin (starch). This glazing allows you to work on your surface as long as you need, even if the paint dries. You can erase and restart easily. To fix it and work again on it without altering your base layer, you will need to varnish it with an oil-based glazing first.

This kind of painting is perfect to do the stone patinas. It gives a lot of effects. Here are some samples that I made. There is no thickness or added material, it’s super flat!

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At the end of the week, we started working on a larger panel.  We were asked to achieve two kinds of stones and a sky to review the different techniques that we saw previously. We will finish it during the third week of the workshop, I can’t wait !!

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Paris, week 1 – Patinas workshop

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It’s been a week since I started the school training in Paris and it has already changed forever the way I see a stone, a wear or a patina.
During this first week, we learned how to use properly the basic material to create a patina with paint.

In the broadest sense, a patina is the worn-out look that appears on a surface or an object with time. In this training, the patinas represent the different paint treatments used to create a texture, an effect, a worn-out appearance or specific backgrounds to recreate a wood-like and stone-like effect or even a sky!

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The patinas are very very thin. You count it in micron and it can be done with a water or an oil based glazing. During this first week, we’ve only used the oil based one so far.

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The first two days were quite tough on me because of the travel, jet lag and the very aggressive smell of the oil glazing. I had headaches at the end of the day but it was worth it!
I could spend all day looking at the shelves of the workshop: so many samples, materials and little treasures.

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For me, it is very strange to finally be able to put a name on techniques and procedures I have been using in my work, albeit instinctively. Up until now, I had never taken a proper painting class and have been an autodidact when it comes to creating a mural decor. Most of the effects I have created and gestures I have acquired are the results of endless trials and fortuitous findings. So it’s just wonderful to be able to theorize all these things!

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Here are some pictures of my first trials. Still a long road to go when I see my instructor’s samples but I truly enjoy experimenting and practicing.


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For more information about the workshop: http://www.gppf-formation.fr/formations-ipedec.php


Birdy’s first steps

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A couple of days ago, we were able to put to the test our new stencils, from the “Birdy” collection, during the “Everybody back to school” charity event organized by 513 Paint Shop.

Here are a few pictures of that wonderful afternoon!

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We’ve also tested them on fabrics, with felt pens or copper foil thanks to Elsa’s magic fingers!
As you can see, the options are endless ^^

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Now get to your brushes! I am sure you have all kinds of walls, furniture, boxes, bags, tee-shirts in your homes waiting to be customized.
The texture of the paint provided by the 513 Paint Shop was ideal for this type of activity. I highly recommend it. It also works with any type of liquid or spray paint.

The stencils will be available by tomorrow on our e-shop and as soon as next week at the 513 Paint Shop at the PMQ.
Stay tuned!

Photo sources: 513 Paint Shop – Marguerite&Gribouilli