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The day before my birthday, Mattie was busy cutting and drilling pieces of wood in the living room while I was busy shooting something in the atelier. He had told me that it was my birthday present, but a surprise. So I remained in the atelier, but once in a while I peeked out the door and quietly observed him. I can confidently say that I’m usually pretty good at guessing and figuring out, especially about Mattie : ) But this time I had no clue at all, which made me even more curious. Above all, secretly watching his back from the atelier, his effort was way too sweet.

The next day, I got to see what he had made the day before. It was this:

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In case you are as confused as I was when I first saw it, this is a leaf pressing machine. I’ve been wanting to press leaves for a while, and Mattie researched about it without me knowing and made it for me. I’m an emotional person and his thoughtfulness almost made me cry : _ (

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There are two pieces of wood with four screws on each corner holding them together. The leaves are first placed in between newspapers and cardboard pieces, then they are placed in between the two wood boards, then the screws are tightened to press the leaves.

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The second part of the present was the book, Herbier, or herbarium in English. It explains the process of leaf pressing, the materials needed, examples and other related informations.

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In the back of the book, there are empty pages with beautiful papers to place your own pressed leaves. And these labels for documentation!

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Then a day after the birthday, Mattie brought me to Deyrolle to pick up this super handsome tin box for collecting leaves. Afterwards, we sat on shaded steps for me to admire this new beautiful thing as we snacked on some cashew nuts. Then we went straight to collect some leaves in style.

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Now I wait for a week or two for the leaves to completely dry. As a person who doesn’t celebrate birthdays, I’m overwhelmed for receiving such beautiful presents. I’m a happy kid : )

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One day, a randomly realized that I’m in three different groups, and as I’ve never been a part of any sort of groups until recent years, this surprised me. First is a graffiti crew Moderne Jazz which I often speak of or about on this blog, the second is AMATEURS which embodies Mattie and I whenever we make something or do exhibitions together, then the third and the most recent is the Club du Dessin. This is a very small group of illustrators and artists who get together monthly at a chosen location to draw for a day.

Around this time last year, Vanessa from the club invited me to join. Oh, I was very excited and honored for the invite, but it also made me nervous as I have fear of spending time with people I don’t really know and most importantly, I don’t really draw. But I braved it, joined the club, tried to draw, made new friends and very happy to be a part of the club : )

For this month’s session, Vanessa, Amélie, Loren, Coline, Hélène, Jean-Phillippe and I (although I was a little late oops) met at Galerie de Botanique (herbier museum) and Grandes Serres (botanical garden).


Amélie Fontaine

For every session, we meet in the morning and everyone roams around the place and draws. Then we gather for lunch. This could be one of my favorite moments, because where to eat is as equally important as where to draw – the rule which does not apply when I’m with other crews like Moderne Jazz ; ) Therefore, with Club du Dessin, I always eat well.


Loren Capelli


Vanessa Dziuba


Jean-Phillipe Bretin


Amélie Fontaine

During lunch, we also share our morning drawings. Then we go back and draw some more.


Hélène Thomas


Vanessa Dziuba


Coline  Oliviero

Check out instagram #clubdudessin if you want to see more.

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