Paris was melting hot in June. For good and bad, I started a new printing project during this month, which involved lots of tests and patience. Good because I was experimenting with dye which works best in warm temperature, but bad because the printing process turned out to be quite a workout and the hot weather significantly shortened my patience. But at last, here they are – my first tea towel series!

I love the quality and the characteristic of linen, and it was important for me to print on 100% good quality linen. To print, I made giant stamps to press with dye paste. Pressing with hands was almost impossible from the beginning, so I ended up stepping, which quickly turned into dancing steps, on top of stamps. If you are interested, I shared work-in-progress some months ago.

I made a little online store RUE DES BELLES FEUILLES, where you will find more information about the tea towels. I’d very much appreciate if you head over to the store and check them out. And let me know what you think <3

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RUE DES BELLES FEUILLES

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For two days we – Alexis Poline, Mathieu Julien, Obisk and I –  metro’ed to Saint Ouen, suburb of Paris, to paint the walls of Henri Groues (homeless shelter)’s communal space. From outside, you would never guess what is on the other side of the wall – a cosy enclosed hang out space with flowers and a vegetable garden. I hope we gave a little more color and happiness to the space : )

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Quick stop at Ishem’s atelier to pick up paints and off to a canal.

Ishem, Torpen, Gsulf, Matti, Djob, Christ, Soir

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When we owned a wasteland somewhere in Marseille.

Matti, Eliot, Ishem, Christ, Soir, Gsulf, Djob

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I bought this book <ATLAS DE POCHE DES PLANTES DES CHAMPS DES PRAIRIES & DES BOIS> from Maison Empereur in Marseille (the shop should be visited if you are ever in Marseille!).

This book is a reproduction of what was originally printed at the end of 19th century, therefore some texts are outdated. But owing to that, it is a beautiful book. This book in particular is about plants, however there’s a book about other topics – mushrooms, fish, birds, butterflies, etc – within the series. You can check the whole series here (click on “curiosités naturelles”).

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ATLAS DE POCHE DES PLANTES DES CHAMPS DES PRAIRIES & DES BOIS
Éditions Bibliomane
ISBN : 978-2-36743-030-0

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When we all met in Marseille..

Royer, Ishem, Torpen, Christ, Matti, Gsulf

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Marseille, I squint my eyes only by thinking about it.

Autumn has arrived in Paris already, and I dream of hot pre-summer spent in Marseille. It was in April this year or was it May when spontaneously Moderne Jazz family joined in Marseille. It was sunny and hot and all good feelings everywhere for a week.

Torpen, Christ, Ishem, Royer, Djob, Soir, Gsulf, Matti

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<CODE ERREUR>, a zine by Lomé 77 and edited by Super-structure, which I picked up at Salon Mirage in Brussels last weekend.

I met Lomé several years ago while she was working with Frenchfourch. Since we never really talk and only exchange hello’s and smiles every time we come across each other, she is a mystery to me. And she probably doesn’t know that I’m a fan of her works.

More of her works here, and you can get your copy of this zine here.

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<CODE ERREUR> by Lomé 77
Edited by Super-structure

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Last Friday, I took a bus to Brussels. After four long hours, chatting with a friendly Senegalese man who sat next to me (he started the conversation with “Senegal is love peace and harmony”), I arrived at Salon Mirage – a three day edition/book/zine festival.

Mattie (now my husband since a few weeks ago <3) was invited for a group exhibition during the festival along with Quentin Chambry, Alexis Poline and Adrien Frégosi. All four of them live in different cities (Paris, Rennes, Angers, Sète), so they arrived in Brussels a week before the exhibition opening to produce all the works under the same roof.

Mattie didn’t send me any photos during the week of the production, and I didn’t really ask for them. Mattie’s last few exhibitions were with me, so I was looking forward to be surprised by what he would produce with other guys.

When I walked up to the gallery space which was a floor above the book fair, Senegalese man’s words on the bus came to my mind – “love peace and harmony!” A group exhibition could often be chaotic or divided, but instead, I found the show otherwise. Also, even though I know everyone’s work really well – especially Mattie, Quentin and Alexis’ works – their choice of collaborating made the works new and surprising.


Quentin painted these series with diluted ink off of a carbon paper.


Mattie made the base print using smeared offset printing ink, then together with Quentin and Alexis, they painted on top with ink and oil sticks.


Alexis usual giant canvases, but with unusual brush strokes and color combination. 


Drew by Quentin and colored by Alexis. One of my favorite pieces.


Mattie’s paper cut out series, which surprised me the most, using feather light papers and staples. They hung loosely by yarns, almost floating and beautifully backlit by the window behind them.

The book festival was equally great – cozy atmosphere, friendly people, admirable zines (I will share them in future posts), satisfying croque-monsieur served at the bar. You can check out the photos of the festival here (French).

It was a short trip, and we took the train back to Paris on Sunday. As we were walking to the train station, I would not stop talking about Belgium french fries and american filet (my must eats in Belgium) which we didn’t have time to eat and wished I had a few more hours in Brussels. Well, next time : )

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PREMIER RECARD
Group exhibition at Salon Mirage (Brussels, Belgium)
Quentin ChambryAlexis PolineAdrien Frégosi, Mathieu Julien
15, 16, 17 September, 2017

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Mattie and I selected our favorite drawings from the tall drawing book we’ve made for our exhibition at Straat Galerie last year, scanned them, and put them together into a zine.

More info at Éditions Peinture.

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AMATEURS 14 OCT. 2016
Edited by Éditions Peinture

14.8 x 21 cm
96 pages
www.editionspeinture.com/product/amateurs-14-oct-2016-amateurs

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