I’m so happy to share with you the decor8 blog of the week, My Little Fabric, penned by the very lovely Aline Caron who is a French art director based in Paris. I know that you’ll find her photography and illustrations quite charming and so I thought I’d take a moment to interview Aline so you could get to know her before peeking in on her pretty space online.
Hello Aline and welcome to decor8 today. So tell us, what are your passions as a freelance art director and blogger?
Aline: I have many passions… Perhaps too many! I I have no time to do all that I want to do. I’m interested in graphic design, of course. For work, I concentrate mainly on fashion, beauty and luxury products. I am fascinated by paper — cut, fold, paste, origami…and I love mixing mediums — collages, drawings, watercolor… I’m also fond of photography, especially food photography and food styling. I love trying to find the best light, props, fabric, it’s so exciting! I love cooking and and eating. I also make ceramic, it helps me to meditate and it clears my head. Oh, and I love contemporary dance (See? I told that you I have a lot of passions!). :)
I heard about your newest blogging adventure in addition to My Little Fabric… Can you tell us more?
Aline: Yes, of course! I’ve just created a new French blog with two others bloggers Parigote and Christelle called Culinographie which means “foodography” and we share cooking tips and tricks that we learn as we go. This is also a passion of mine…
Your photos are beautiful! Who are some if your favorite photographers?
Aline: Ohh there are a lot! It’s the magic of the internet. Everyday I discover a new talent. The last one that I added to my bookmark is Diane Sagnier and Rus Anson. In food photography, I love the work of Katie Quinn Davies. Her lighting is so amazing. I love the contrast of her photographs, sometimes it looks like a Dutch still life painting, like a Vermeer’s painting…
What kind of camera do you use?
Aline: For a long time, I used the FZ38 Panasonic Lumix bridge, perfect for novices. But 2 months ago, to improve the quality and the possibilities, I bought a Canon 5D Mark II. It’s wonderful, a revolution for me!
Outside of your favorite photographers, where else do you find inspiration?
Aline: The inspiration is all around, I find it in magazines, travels and the internet. I’m really inspired by nature, for instance flowers, woods, animals and vegetables. In my creations you’ll always find at least one of these elements. Colors really inspire me too, and the first thing that I do when I begin a project is to define a palette. It gives me direction and a graphic style.
So tell me, with so many blogs online already why do you blog?
Aline: I started blogging because I wanted to show my work. I made “doudou” which are plush toys for children and that’s why I created My Little Fabric when I first began on my blog adventure. Then, step by step, post by post, I started to introduce additional topics in which I am passionate about, for instance cooking and sharing my food photos. My blog is my playground where I illustrate, cook, tell stories with food, make videos, share my pictures, the ideal place to improve and challenge myself. The most important thing to me is that I have fun in the process!
Thank you Aline for visiting us today and thank you for sharing your blogs, photographs and so many lovely links to those who inspire and motivate you to make such pretty photos and to blog! Merci beaucoup!
(photos: aline caron)
I have such an exciting bit of news to share and it’s about the blog of the week, Double Exposure. You see, my friend Debi Treloar launched a blog and I am so excited because I just love Debi and can’t wait to read every word and see everything she sees… following her will be such a treat for me as I admire her so…
I imagine her visits to favorite places, inspiring shops and her travels will be such a nice thing to peek in on. And while she’s a busy lady with a career in interiors photography and has children and a lot going on, I know that when she does post it will be a very sweet glimpse into her life and a way for me to keep up with her so I’m so looking forward to it. And I’m sure that you will enjoy it to.
Debi is such an inspiration to me, she is a really special lady and I have her to thank for making Decorate such a hit because her wonderful photos make it such a special book. Debi, I’m so happy you are blogging! xo
Have a lovely weekend everyone, I’ll see you on Monday.
(image: an iphone snapshot from debi treloar)
Hello! For those of you just tuning in, I asked London-based author/stylist Sania Pell to drop in today to share some inspiring DIY projects for your next party, wedding, or really any decorating scenario because all of these beautiful things could be used in so many different parts of the home from a kid’s room to a kitchen. I hope that you have enjoyed meeting Sania today and that if you haven’t seen her posts yet that you will visit them, as shown in order from the first to the last, below.
Spring Flower Garlands (shown in examples b and f above).
Little House Mobile (c).
Thank you again Sania for joining me today on decor8 and I wish you loads of luck on your new blog and on everything else you do going forward with all of your creative energy and cheerful can-do attitude. You made my launch party in London such a success thanks to your enthusiasm, friendship, support and hard work and I’d like to thank you for all of it — including your hospitality, good laughs, and endless bottles of wine and yummy treats in your kitchen. You are such a doll!
Readers: Can you do me a favor? Can you visit Sania’s blog and leave a comment for her over there, she is working in her craft loft all day and I want her to return to her computer with a big, warm surprise waiting from her with your comments! Thank you so much. I remember how it felt to start blogging, how scary it was, so your comments will make her day! I’m going over there now to do the same so please join me.
(images: sania pell)
Good morning everyone! I hope that you had a delightful weekend. I must apologize for not giving you much notice last week but I left quickly on Thursday to travel to Hamburg, Germany for a consulting job at a huge magazine and was pretty busy or a few days. I spent a full day in their offices — first I gave a morning lecture followed by a Q&A about blogging and an afternoon “mini” version of the Blogging Your Way workshops that I typically do online with Leslie and Thorsten only tailored for a magazine staff. It was a lot of fun to take BYW offline and teach in a corporate setting… as most of you know, I come from a corporate background and spent years teaching workshops to employees so it felt a bit like deja vu. This time, I was able to teach about something that I truly have a passion for, it wasn’t that way in the past when some of my workshops centered around sexual harassment, new employee orientation and immigration law! Blogging was a topic that was fun and energizing! I had a nice time (the weather was amazing) and yes, I even fit in a little shopping which I’ll share more on tomorrow.
To get started today and with a new week of blogging, I thought I’d first welcome my friend, stylist and author Sania Pell in London, to the world of blogging! I know I’ve talked about her a million times on decor8 since she helped me so much to prepare things for the launch party for my book (details here), Decorate: 1,000 Inspirational Design Ideas For Every Room In Your Home, at Liberty last month… But did you know that before today Sania didn’t have a blog? Oh yes, that’s right. In fact, she just launched her new blog this very day and I’m so proud of her! That’s why we have to give her a big round of applause for jumping in and getting started. She first found out that blogs even existed a year ago and has been plotting her “entrance” into blogging ever since and so today she rolls out her super shiny new blog called At Home that, thanks to her husband Mark and his amazing design skills over at his company MWA Design in London, it came out just beautifully. I do hope that you’ll visit.
Speaking of Ms. Pell, she has prepared a few DIY projects for you taken directly from the table styling demonstration that we dreamed up for Liberty. She’ll be back in a moment to visit us today with all of her gorgeous DIY photos and how-to instructions – you’ll love it.
In addition to her posts coming up, I have lots of other great things to share and our monthly guest columnist, Anna-Malin Lindgren from Sweden is back with her monthly post too so stay tuned, Monday is going to be a great one.
(images: penny wincer, styled by Sania pell)