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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)

Mandarin Oriental Hotel HK
Shangri la Hotel HK
Four Seasons IFC HK

 

 

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Dancing dots wrapping paper

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I am extremely happy to share with you my latest project! Those of you who know me know my obsession with all paper-related products. My work space and my house are filled with notebooks, notepads, pencils, calendars, stationery and so on. I just love that stuff but for some reason never actually got to design it.

But that is about to change with the launch of our new black and white dancing dots wrapping paper that is already available in our e-shop. Each set includes 20 sheets of delicate translucent tissue paper. Get ready for Christmas by ordering your set right here.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

 

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Adele’s dreamy bedroom

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Adele is a lucky little 5 years old girl who has received for her birthday a bedroom make-over!
I’m always happy to work on girls’ room and I think that if I had a daughter her room would probably look just like this one ^^.

Adele was quite specific about what she likes. First, she asked for a little boy and girl kissing… hmmm mommy was not very ok with that and so we only kept  the romantic spirit from that idea. Then she said that she likes rabbits and the moon. I love so much working from kids’ ideas, it’s so refreshing and spontaneous.

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Once the concept approved, we started working on the elevations of the room and the drawing details.

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And here is Adele’s new bedroom!

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The Summer 2014 collections are in!

After many weeks of preparation, I am delighted to launch all the new Summer 2014 collections!

So this summer, Marguerite&Gribouilli is featuring:

Some big but flowered and friendly dinosaurs:
. le bronto géant, 150x148cm, HK$770
. la mama tyra, 60x70cm (set size), HK$385
. les copains dinos, 60x70cm (set size), HK$385 

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They can be nicely combined with our existing Mushrooms or Something Fly patterns.   

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The “Plain is boring” collection
This new collection will help you customize very easily your doors, drawers, bookcases or any other smooth surface that needs a little visual spice!
Discover now our 6 first tropical inspiration patterns (HK$385/each) :
Perroquets, Criss cross, Flamingos, Palm, Stripes, Dash
The panels are to be installed edge to edge as you would do for wallpaper. You can then repeat endlessly the pattern and cover any size of surface.
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And 4 new ardoisines (chalkboard stickers)
      . Happy balloons, 97x190cm, HK$880
This is a design that would fit very well in adults and children’s spaces alike. You can easily adjust the height by cutting the balloon’s ropes.
      . Fanions, maximum size: 383x76cm, HK$635
Flags always bring happiness and playful spirits to a room. Here is a version you can customize all you want!
      . Weekly calendar, HK$635
This set includes 7 rectangles of 20x25cm. You can choose to put the notes together and create then a big panel or individually with or without the weekdays titles. Titles are available in French and English.
      . J’écris, 57x106cm, HK$635
This training chalkboard will help your kids practice alphabet! Decorative and educational, it’s a perfect gift for a 4-5year old child.

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Minifab, la suite!

Few months ago I told you about this very exciting project : Minifab  (previous post)
In addition of distributing the Seedling and Stuck on You products , Minifab is  organizing birthday parties for kids. I helped them to design few panels in order to decorate the room according different themes.
Here are some pictures of their first events, it’s so nice to see the project going live !

If you are looking for an inspiring place to celebrate your little one’s birthday party, do not hesitate to contact them at info@minifab.com.hk
Thanks again Minifab for sending us these pics, looks like kidos had a lot of fun !

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DIY – Birdhouse

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Here is a DIY project with recycled material!
Last month, we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday. As kids start to enjoy crafting at this age, each kid received a birdhouse to decorate and bring home as a gift.
I’ve always enjoyed decorating children’s rooms with birdhouses; if you have a closer look at my projects, you will often see a small birdhouse somewhere. It gives the wall more life and volume.  Also, I find them much more joyful than birdcages, which always sadden me a little.

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The birdhouses are super easy to do; all you need is:
- cardboard boxes (not too thick)
– some nice paper sheets (you can use Japanese origami paper or any paper not to thick that you like and want to recycle; sometimes I simply print patterns on my laser printer on a 80gr paper)
– some white glue and pencils
– scissors, a cutter, a ruler, set square, strong glue
– ideally a circular cutter for the house door, or a compass + cutter if you don’t have one

STEP 1, traces
Here is the pattern to draw on your cardboard

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>> Tips:
– Once you have drawn and cut the first house, just use the outline of the pattern to cut the other houses , it will save you a lot of time
– This version is without bottom, but if you add one, you can use the cage as a goody bag.

STEP 2, cutting:
-  Cut the outline of the base and the roof,
- And  then cut the circular opening with your circular compass .

STEP 3, folding and assembly

- To have a clean folding, run the box cutter on the folding lines (green lines in the figure) . Be careful not to cut through the cardboard, just cut the upper layer.
- Assemble the house, roof and base with the glue .

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STEP 4, decoration:
This is where your little ones get involved !
- Apply white glue on the surface you are decorating, stick the piece of decorative paper and apply more glue on top to both fix and polish it.
- Repeat this step to cover the whole house with different decorative papers
- Apply a final layer of glue to secure the assembly.

>> Tips:
- I noticed that it was easier for children to have small pieces of pre-cut decorative papers.
- You can of course change the dimensions and proportions of the cabin, but always make sure the roof is 1 to 2 cm wider than the walls of the birdhouse for a nicer effect.
- To hang it on the wall,  do a small hole on the back to insert a screw or simply use double-faced adhesive tape/velcro.

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STEP 5, the perch
- Make a hole (size of a straw) under the opening with a sharp knife or cutter
- Cut a piece of straw and insert it in the hole.
Have fun!

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The Minifab project

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I have been dying to talk to you about this particular project!
Minifab is the new distributor in Hong Kong of the Australian brands Seedling & Stuck-on-you. I was asked to develop an original design for their entrance hall and playroom/showroom/meeting room, adding fun and functional furniture and wall art.
Minifab is not just a toy store, it is also a creativity laboratory for children. A space where they will be inspired to let their imagination loose. And with that in mind, we decided to adopt the “collage” technique as a graphic base.

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Here is the before pictures:
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And here is the final result:
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The playroom will host different events, from birthdays to handicrafts workshops. We therefore created modular furniture, allowing a variety of configurations according to the number of participants and their ages.

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I would like to thank all the members of the Minifab team who have been amazing throughout this process and very welcoming during the setup. Special thanks go to Jenny & Ellen with whom I had worked last year on a few design projects. It was an absolute bliss to collaborate with both of you again.

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