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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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Between sea and sky

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Michael and his children are sailors at heart! Weekends and school holidays are the opportunities to sail around the Hong Kong archipelago. The kids had gotten a virus when we talked about the theme of their room. But the theme was obvious.

Our idea for the room was one where fish would be flying and whales jumping out of the water.

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The decor was mainly painted on, only the smaller elements were stickers. It was extremely fun for me to create this mural, and the kids’ enchanted and happy eyes immediately made me forget about the hard labor of the past two days that I had spent on the ladder ^^

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I can’t finish this post without talking about my assistant Thomas, who tried to step into the fresh blue paint many times! What an adorable little creature! If only some of my family members weren’t allergic to cats…

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Copper leaves and painted tree

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Sometimes a move coincides with a new start in life or a new family reorganization. Separation, a new child; changes in family structures are often delicate and should be treated with the utmost attention.
Your interior design can help you feel better and it is with great interest that I saw this mural project being built.
The first aim of this project was to increase the emphasis on family values ​​such as love and unity. It seemed obvious to me to work the theme of the tree. Through the symbols of strength, roots, solidity or support, the tree is placed in the living room of this family. We have accompanied it with a poem which has been treated with simplicity and copper leaf for a bright and luminous effect.

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The installation of the copper leaf was a first for me, but it definitely wasn’t the last! If you’re interested I’ll post a small memo to explain the different steps for installing the metallic leaves.

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Apart from the poem, which is a black sticker, this whole wall is made by hand, acrylic paint and copper leaf.

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A dream come true

A few months ago, my fabulous sister in law asked me to make some illustrations for a book project that she was working on.
The book is about Moroccan traditions, 10 novels with 10 illustrations explaining our traditions in this modern world.
Thanks to her amazing energy and will to bring dreams to reality, the book is now published and sold in many libraries in Morrocco.
Here are some snap shots,

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The theme of traditions is a fascinating theme to work on, but also quite frightening at first glance. How can I translate this into images? How to not fall into the clichés? How can I keep the ambivalence through illustration in an equal manner? The texts are part of a modern context and it was evident that the drawings and graphics had to transcribe this duality.

Civilizations that are modernizing are gradually losing their traditions. Personally, I wasn’t familiar with a fraction of these traditions. We often think that traditions are archaic, cumbersome and incompatible with modern life. Yet, they are synonymous with life skills and decency. Traditions are gratifying for those who receive them and for those who transmit them. Let’s not forget our traditions because they are our identity, our constitutions and our civilization.

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So many new perspectives are now growing in my mind… a wall, a canvas or a book, after all it is always the same special feeling when you see your little scribbles becoming finalized and becoming real products.
I can’t be more grateful and excited, thank you Selma Desmot for making this dream come true, we can’t wait to see your next book projects. This is only the beginning!

Join the “10 contes” facebook page here

Available in many librairies and concept stores in Casablanca (Morocco):
La fabrique (website here)
La galerie de l’aimance
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Librairie Preface,
Librairie Porte d’Anfa
Librairie Livre moi
UPDATE:
Now available in Hong Kong on our e-shop.

 


Dear Fall

Fall is really here and we are finally enjoying its cool weather. The air becomes dry and the night regains its silence with all the air conditioning units turned off. A great happiness and probably my favorite season.

Fall also coincides with that time of the year when we suddenly crave change. Change of colors and materials. This year,  I am particularly fond of carmine reds, grey and powder pink. The light pink, although already trendy this past summer, continues to claim the spotlight in fashion and interior design.

Here is a little selection of images that inspire me this year:

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For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards. We update them almost daily!

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Image sources: zsazsabellagio.blogspot.com | knitpicks.com | mechantdesign.blogspot.fr  | myscandinavianhome.blogspot.fr | asleyg on flickr.com | Marguerite & Gribouilli | anmutig.com | anika starmer | puredeco.com | E. gilman design on society6.com | pinterest


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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