Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Entrevue with Monia Boubaker, painter



Monia Boubaker is an artist I came across selling her paintings on a French website, let's have a little interbiew with her and discover her creative process.

name of shop
Ô Clair De Lune
 
can you please introduce yourself   ?

I am Monia, I am French, 31 years old, and I live with my boyfriend in south west of France, in Bordeaux.

What is your business/craft and give a summary of your handmade process.

I paint on canvas, with acrylic paint and I always add pieces of fabrics, papers, or others materials that I collect where I can !
I can also customise a painting, for exemple working in the wanted colors, adding a name of a child, or a message, if it is for a present.
My little world is made of bright colors, a lot of dreams, travels, poetry.

What event, series of events, or situations allowed you to start your business and make money with your crafts?
For years, I used to do many jobs that I never liked, and I was painting only when I had time.
But at the end of last year, I realized that it was time to start my own project to finally do the thing I love the most : paint and make people dreaming with my paintings.

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?

My inspiration comes from people, children I meet, my travels, the fabrics I find : all these colors, materials...my imagination do the rest !

How doe
s your culture, upbringing, and/or environment influence your designs/crafts?
The different countries where I lived, or went for holidays, inspired me a lot. I love meeting and talking with people who has a different way of life, different culture, I love travelling for that reason, and I am always thinking about travelling again or setting up somewhere, finally !

What are some of the ways you market and promote your business/Craft?
I use a lot internet to contact people, introduce myself and my artwork.
I talk a lot about it to people I meet, I always look around me, if I see a store that I really like, and where I can expose my paintings, I try to participate to differents markets...

Now, something different. FOOD ! What is your favorite recipe ?

I really like cooking and especially asian food. And as I love indian food, I would say : The Tikka Masala Chicken with a cheese naan of course ;)

Based on your experience, what advice would you give to other crafters selling or looking to start selling their creations ?

I don't know what kind of advice I could give, because I am still at the beginning... But there is something that I can say : If you love create, if you know you will be more happy doing it, do not hesitate ! You should try and see how it goes.
There is a quotation that I remember : You have to choose between living your dreams or dreaming your life.
We shouldn't have any regret later, we just have one life, so do !!

Aside from running your business what are some of the fun things you like to do in life?

What I really like to do when I have free time is spending time with my boyfriend, I love travelling with him, I also like reading, seeing my friends, and doing horse riding (usually in holidays).
Petits coqs au clair de lune ... To know you better, The craziest thing you have done ?
When I decided a few years ago, to leave France to go to London without knowing anybody, with no job, no flat....
meet my boyfriend there, and six months later, move in with him in Barcelona, without kwowing any single spanish word !

Which place would you recommend to go to ?
It was my dream to go there, and I did it for the first time 2 years ago with my boyfriend : Bali ! A wonderful island, nice and kind people, beautiful landscapes, it is just a world apart. 
Your favourite designers / artists

I have so many !!! but I can already say : Anna Laura Cantone, Joann Sfar, Rebecca Dautremer, Lucie Georger.
Mini bague perle de culture en argent massif taille 57
Mini Bague perle de Culture

your favourite jewelry from me  

My favourite one is the small silver ring with the pearl « Mini bague perle de culture en argent massif » 


Visit her websites to see more and get your own

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Les Bijoux Ofelyne

Porter un bijou de créateur, c’est la marque de votre identité, c’est aussi la possibilité de personnaliser votre bijou ou même de le faire fabriquer selon votre inspiration. Sophistiqués ou décontractés, classiques ou branchés, colorés ou discrets, les bijoux OFELYNE exprimeront votre style dans une multitude de couleurs et de matières. 

 Collier vert grappe de perles MAGALIE
OFELYNE vous propose des bijoux modernes et raffinés, tendances ou indémodables. Les bijoux OFELYNE sont réalisés en pièce unique ou en petite série .

Son site est mis à jour régulièrement avec de nouvelles créations : n’hésitez pas à venir le consulter régulièrement pour les découvrir. Retrouvez Ofelyne également sur facebook, sa boutique et sur son site internet

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Amazing Pillows

With the emphasis on individuality, it is always great fun to have many comfy pillows.
Here is Amazing Pillows who makes trendy, individual cushions for your home, for people who are looking for an alternative to department stores and chains.

Coussin original vert kaki avec moustaches dorés
You can find her creations on internet on www.amazingpillow.fr , her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/AmazingPillow


She is French and says "Vous recherchez un coussin de décoration pour personnaliser votre intérieur? Marre des coussins basiques des grands magasins?
Vous êtes au bon endroit!

Dans ma boutique, vous trouverez des coussins originaux, tendances et décalés.
Ils peuvent tous être modifiés selon vos goûts et vos envies...

Afin de vous tenir au courant des nouveautés, n'hésitez pas à me rajouter à vos créateurs favoris.

Si vous le souhaitez, vous pouvez également visiter le site internet www.amazingpillow.fr et la page Facebook www.facebook.com/AmazingPillow

Bonne visite!"

Monday, March 4, 2013

Meet a Wonderful artist - Gail Miller

The Point Being?
The point Being © Gail Miller mixed media; Acrylic inks, watercolour, artists' permanent black marker pen
Gail Milller: Her artwork is quite amazing: full of life and colors, with figurative elements, treated in an abstract expressionist way.
The syle is modern, colourful and sometimes thought provoking.

What inspires you ?
"I have a fascination with colour and fluid, expressive shapes and line, which are evident in my explorations. I paint with gusto and passion each time I begin a new work and I always marvel at the unlimited opportunities available to me for discovery and personal expression. Each piece I create has boundless energy and movement, bright colour and interesting line work. My style could be described as surreal, outsider, art brut, lowbrow, primitive, hipster .... or just plain weird! "

Where can we find your work ?
" My work hangs in private collections all around the world including countries such as Australia, Italy, France, Greece, Israel, Germany, France, Canada, The USA, as well as all over the UK."

I have exhibited in; Dock Gallery, Goole ~ Goole Museum ~ Pink Gallery, Helensburgh ~ Burlington Gallery, Bridlington ~ Gallery 49, Bridlington ~ Christo's Gallery, Glasgow ~ Whitby Galleries, Whitby ~ Priory Gallery, Bridlington ~ Vibrant Arts, Stow on the Wold ~ Seasalt & Passion, Bridlington, The Spa Theatre Gallery ~ Bridlington, Triton Gallery ~ Sledmere.
Muse
Muse © Gail Miller


Has you work been published ?
"I have also been featured in several publications, including Picture Business, Hull Daily Mail Culture Supplement, Prestige Lifestyle, and Artist & Illustrator."

You can see, follow and collect Gail's artworks  at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/alteredimage?ref=pr_shop_more
and on her
Website; http://gailmiller.moonfruit.com
Blog; http://gailmillerartblog.moonfruit.com
Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/GailMillerFunkyArt
Twitter; http://twitter.com/gail_miller_art

Thank you Gail and looking forward to see more creations.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Amanda of Little Note Crafts

Here is Amanda, a crafter.
She likes making jewelry and yarn goods.
She says: " I love scarves and mini blankets and fingerless gloves, they just remind me of warm and cozy times at home with family. The beautiful thing about jewelry is that it's portable art!I ".

Here you'll find unique earrings, beautiful pendants, cozy hand knit winter scarves and gloves, travel lap blankets, and other homey treasures! Warm and joyous items created with great care and a flair for color.


To learn about her and her journey, please visit the About page:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleNoteCrafts/about/

"Elsewhere in life, I still feel like I'm crafting all the time. To craft is to make something magnificent from seemingly nothing. I have a passion for cooking (I wrote a cookbook once, though I'm way too shy to have shared it), and baking of course (what girl doesn't like brownies?), and gardening (I did a happy dance around the house when I got pepper plants to sprout from seed). To bring things together, to breath life into an object and put part of yourself into it, it gets my heart all a-flutter!"

And if you like Amada's work or want to follow her adventures in cooking, gardening, and the rest of life, check out her blog at https://homegrownjoy.wordpress.com/



At the moment, Amanda is offering a special 40% off on a selection of articles, fabulous to keep warm this winter in her etsy boutique .
Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

a jewelry giveaway

To win a lovely stcking bracelet
Are you creative with words ?

Can you help naming Sian Kitty's collection ?

              
just head off to http://sianykitty.blogspot.fr/2012/09/tuesday-giveaway.html to see how to enter

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Journee de la Femme - Women's Day

To celebrate Women's day on 08 March 2012
A few designers have played the game of defining themselves in a few words.
I'll briefly introduce you to these creative women:

Céline à gauche et Isabelle à droite -
Left : Céline and Isabelle to the right

Their shop/ leur boutique:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CelibelleQc

defined by 4 words: Family, Madness, Honesty and Curiosity
Famille, Folie, Honnêteté, Curiosité

Marie, of Kazamarie
in 4 words: Tenderness, garden, photos and Dreaming of Elsewhere
en 4 mots: Tendresse, jardin, photos et rêves d'ailleurs
Sa boutique/shop : KazamarieDesigns http://www.etsy.com/shop/KazamarieDesigns



Here is  Nancy, 
from Fleur du Luxe, 
a great day for boosting her creativity is defined by
"No phone, great music and sunshine"





Also, Florence Pyndris, whose shop is
 creationsdeflorence.etsy.com,
defined in 4 words: 
Handmade,  
Black Chocolate in all states: tablet, mousse, melted, ice-cream..., 
Healthy cooking , light and strong in flavour
and Family. 

Florence, definie en 4 mots:    
Le fait-main 
le chocolat noir sous toutes ses formes : en tablette, en mousse, fondu, glacé  
la cuisine saine, legere mais forte en gout 
La famille

Lien boutique : creationsdeflorence.etsy.com


and Moi, Catherine
in 4 words: Love, jewels, chocolate and travelling
in 4 mots: amour, bijoux, chocolat et voyages.


Visit her shop of bespoke jewellery
Visitez sa boutique de

Bijoux sur mesure

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Get your invitations from Nickelsons

A new interview , Yeah  !
Can you please introduce your business ?

Nickelsons Invitations, Joanna McCartney
I studied art and design at college in Exeter, England and then decided to travel the world. I ended up marrying a handsome american fellow and set up home in California. After managing a stationery boutique for several years, I decided I should be doing what I was passionate about, design and embellishment. I founded Nickelsons Invitations in 2005.


What is your business/craft and give a summary of your handmade process.
Nickelsons Invitations works with clients to create unique and classic pieces of stationery, typically for weddings. Our process starts with a conversation with the client, to see if we can offer what they are looking for, the type of event, the style, the colours, the inspiration. From there we refine it down and carefully select colour pallettes, embellishments etc, then we present a small selection of designs for the client to choose from. Or, sometimes, the client simply wants a specific design and we go from there.

What event, series of events, or situations allowed you to start your business and make money with your crafts?
After I left work to have my baby, I realised it was time that I did what I loved to do, so during those first few months of newborn-hood, when the baby napped, I began working on designs. From there, it just seemed to evolve naturally.

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?
I am addicted to the haute couture fashion world. I love attending fashoin shows, my favourite DVD is 'Chanel' (a documentary) I read many fashion magazines and blogs, and they inspire me to creat classic pieces of stationery.

How does your culture, upbringing, and/or environment influence your designs/crafts?
I grew up in a beautiful part of Devon, England and was fortunate enough to travel to some beautiful parts of the world as a child, france, spain, america, south america etc. Growing up seeing beautiful landscapes, clutures and especially architechture inspired me to love finding joy in items I found beautiful, and continues to inspire me when ever I travel.


What are some of the ways you market and promote your business/Craft?
I have been fortunate to have been selected for features in magazines for some of my designs, including Bride & Bloom, and Inside Weddings. I use my blog, and Etsy, and I advertise on wedding resources, such as The Knot and Google.

Now, something different. FOOD ! What is your favorite recipe ?
My favourite recipe? that changes! right now, I am obsessed with Jerk Chicken!
My passion for all things chocolate related never changes though. Oh yes, we have that in common, and I shall get some Jerk chicken again

Based on your experience, what advice would you give to other crafters selling or looking to start selling their creations ?

I think its very important to try to keep re-investing your profits into your business - its very hard to balance this as a small business ownder, but your business needs promotion to grow, so advertising is key.

Aside from running your business what are some of the fun things you like to do in life?
Finding inspiration on a daily basis is very important to me.

to know you better, The craziest thing you have done ?
Craziest thing....married my husband after we had dated for 4 weeks. We just celebrated our twelth anniversary! That's amazing and so wonderful.Love at 1st sight...

Which place would you recommend to go to ?
I adore the hidden coves and beaches of Mallorca, and Paris is my favourite city, I can find inspiration on every street!

Your favourite designers / artistsMy favourite designer has to be Carl Lagerfeld. The man is a genius.

your favourite jewelry from me My favourite piece of Catherine Marche Jewelry is the Peridot Silver ring.


please visit:
http://nickelsonsinvitations.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Nickelsons

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