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<>What is the Wrapping Ceremony?
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Talking with the founder of Impression Originale

Mathilde

« There is a whimsical “je ne sais quoi” in the Wrapping Ceremony. With every step in the ceremony, wonder grows. It takes us back to our childhood when we were easily entranced by things and were easily lost in thought. The Wrapping Ceremony stands between the realms of magic and modern, refined etiquette.”

AN OBJECT OF DESIRE: THE GIFT

Let's start with the wrap

A gift offers us the chance to momentarily escape the mundane and enter into a world of beauty & rapture. A gift is the embodiment of all the care and affection intended for the lucky recipient. A well formed gift crystalizes these universal emotions and allows us to enchant, and to be enchanted again and again.

This is the whole point of the Gift ceremony.

The founder of Impression Originale touches upon our aesthetic sensitivity through an unparalleled experience:

« The Wrapping Ceremony transforms a mere object into the most desired gift. It is nothing more than the gift-wrapping paper and the bow with which it is adorned. The attention paid to the wrapping elevates the gift and reveals itself in a magical instant ».

THE COMPANIES OF THE 21st CENTURY

Companies in the new economy: the duty of responsibility

Modern companies must meet multiple goals in order to sustainably succeed in the new marketplace: to ensure their growth while respecting the environment, by limiting their carbon footprint and by committing to acting as social responsible organizations, from sourcing materials, to logistics, and even to running their IT infrastructure on carbon neutral cloud providers. Companies in the new economy place their raison d’être at the heart of their business model, where the search for profit is no longer the sole objective[1]. Growth is no longer just a frantic race for capitalization, but it now requires an increased search for meaning, moral consistency and ethical actions. Entrepreneurs are usually the first customers of their own products. Starting from a fundamentally sustainable business model, entrepreneurs and their companies are able to initiate a virtuous cycle of success and respect for the environment which are proven as valuable commodities in the open, competitive, conscientious and modern marketplace.

TIME WELL SPENT

A new relationship to time leaving space to acknowledge each other's uniqueness

By re-humanizing our clients and placing this relationship at the center of the market transaction, it is not only the relationship to one another that changes, but also a change in the time it takes to “do the right” thing. The customer experience becomes as important as the intrinsic qualities offered by the product. It is precisely this time taken to expound the characteristics of the product through showing sincerity, empathy and kindness that will ultimately influence the decision to buy. The customer, engendered by this dignified experience, rises to the status of a unique individual again, re-humanized at heart with a new responsibility: by consciously consuming, one chooses how one impacts their ecosystem. The customer is therefore no longer a passive consumer, they become an active and present co-creator of their world through conscious, ethical consumption.

THE CONSUM-ACTOR AND THE ERA OF PERSONALIZATION

Enhanced Customer Expectations

The era of personalization is here. For a long time, tailor-made products were the sole privilege of an elite with purchasing access to craftsmanship and bespoke services. These privileges have slowly transformed to meet the expectations of the new generations in much greater numbers – a democratization of made-to-measure. In recent years, major corporations (Nike, Coca-Cola, Tesla) have released à la carte personalization options for their most iconic products. This personalization nevertheless remains rather standardized to allow mass production, limiting associated costs and allowing rapid manufacturing lead time. The fact remains that the customer develops and reinforces new expectations: personalization-as-a-premise and impeccable, human-centric service in a relatively short time are now must-haves for competitive companies.

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THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Customer experience at the heart of business strategy

To meet the required uniqueness of the consumer-actor[2] and to satisfy their ever-growing expectations for service, companies have reinforced their organisations by creating departments dedicated to “the customer experience”. Customer experience refers to the set of emotions and feelings experienced by a customer before, during and after the purchase of a product or service[3]. It is the result of all the interactions a customer can have with the brand or company. Each brand competes in ingenuity to surprise their customers and retain them, such as sensory experiences associated with the diffusion of perfume in clothing stores or luxury hotels, in order to stimulate the strongest memory: the olfactory memory. Other interesting examples are the setting up of ephemeral artistic exhibitions in the heart of high-end shopping malls to energize the place and surprise their customers. Purchase is no longer the only criterion for satisfaction, the focus is now on the holistic experience the customer is immersed in. At the heart of these experiential changes, the customer experience has recently seen the re-emergence of one of its key points: the wrapping experience.

THE WRAPPING CEREMONY

The highlight of the customer experience: the gift Ceremony

The gift ceremony magnifies the very personal bond between the one who gives and the one who receives a gift, by esthetically embodying the emotions linked to this exceptional moment. Revisited by the founder of Impression Originale, the ceremony reinvents the art of gifting, re-enchanting the transformation of an object into a gift. In seemingly suspended time, carried by grace, the object will become the bearer of a desire to share, carried out by an individualized artistic expression.

 

Mathilde Nguyen, Founder of Impression Originale states: “There is a whimsical “je ne sais quoi” in the Wrapping Ceremony. With every step in the ceremony, wonder grows. It takes us back to our childhood when we were easily entranced by things and were easily lost in thought. The Wrapping Ceremony stands between the realms of magic and modern, refined etiquette.”

To stand out as a unique experience, each wrapping ceremony must respect technical and aesthetic codes that are informed by the history, iconography and symbols of the brand. The attention paid to the gifting ceremony is the last moment of exchange with the customer who witnesses the transformation of the gift. A choreography of the hands orchestrates this enchanted scene, like a ballet where the rigorous folds and knots are performed in a continuous flow, seemingly without effort.

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The step-by-step guide of the Wrapping Ceremony

  1. The paper is cut to the exact measurement of the present to be wrapped
  2. The gift is then positioned on the sheet according to the folding
  3. Folding begins with special techniques like invisible folds and refined Ideally, the paper folding technique should not require the usage of tape
  4. A knots or weaved ribbons complete the folding to hold the folds of the wrap
  5. Small additional decorative elements can be added: small branches, a gift tag, mini-Christmas balls.
  6. Mix 1 cup of creativity and 1 cup of care, best served sprinkled with love 😉

The Wrapping Ceremony is performed in a continuous and pliable gesture. Once adorned, the present is handed over with both hands.

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<>Living in a paper world
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INTRODUCING

Nice to meet you Elsa. Who are you?

I am originally from Vendée (France). I always remember creating objects, jewelry, weavings with my hands … Without realizing it, paper as been a central part throughout my design studies. First at l’Ecole Boulle, then during my Architecture studies. It was the perfect material to make research models, both economical and offering endless possibilities of shapes and textures depending on its folding or assembly. It still fascinates me today! In 2015, as an interior designer, I started making paper lights inspired by the origami folding technique to meet my ever-present need to create with my own hands.

Cut & Fold was born!  Today I keep exploring the possibilities of 3D paper for showcases, event decorations and objects to brighten up our interiors. My work oscillates between the clean lines of geometric volumes created by the folding of paper and more figurative creations inspired by nature. I love playing with the scales of the objects I create and using colored papers or with pretty patterns … in short, I am not ready to tire of this material so simple but so versatile!

Do you like Christmas?

I love Christmas, or rather all the preparation time leading up to it and getting the excitement up to D-Day! Preparing the house, wrapping the gifts, bake Christmas cookies… All this building excitement to finally arrive at the unwrapping of gifts and long family meals!

What is the craziest gift you received at Christmas?

The most unexpected, but no less useful: An electric drill! It stood out in the middle of the more classic gifts under the tree 😉

And the craziest gift you offered?

I especially remember the first time I was able to give a present as a child after discovering that -SPOILER ALERT- Santa Claus did not exist. Far from being sad, I was all excited and happy when my dad took me on my first “Santa’s expedition” to help him choose a piece of jewelry for my mom.

Meet Elsa

Hola

“I only share my first name (Elsa) with the Snow Queen. But if I could be an element I would be Fire.”

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IN THE MOOD FOR CHRISTMAS

If you had to make just one Christmas paper creation, what would it be?

Without hesitation, an advent calendar! It is the essential object to wait for Christmas while decorating our interiors. Who does not dream of a pine forest to hide sweets, or a collection of small houses to light up each evening to recreate an entire village on December 24? I do.

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What's your favorite Christmas series / movie?

The Harry Potter saga, perfect for young and old, to stay warm under a blanket.

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What does the Christmas atmosphere inspire you? Are you more chalet in the mountain, Raclette and Firewood or Disneyland, Candy and Cartoon?

For me Christmas has always been an inspiring and ultra-creative period, everything is an excuse to “create”: a walk in the forest to collect holly branches and make a beautiful wreath, an afternoon of creative leisure to decorate the tree, or an evening to cook and bake with my family… And from a professional point of view it is THE time of the year when the most beautiful shop windows come to life, the magic of Christmas allows the craziest creations, it is so inspiring!

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SPANISH CHRISTMAS

You currently live in Toledo: tell us about your Spanish Christmas?

In Spain the Christmas show is stolen by 2 other very strong traditional celebrations: the New Year’s Eve, where the whole country eats 12 grapes at midnight to ensure a happy new year, and the coming of the Kings Magi on January 6. In France we eat the galette des rois, in Spain it is the day we present our gifts!

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GIFT WRAPPING

How do you wrap your Christmas gifts?

With a lot of love, of course! Whatever the gift, we say that it is the intention that counts, and this intention is reflected in every detail of the package: a pretty paper, a matching ribbon, a personalized label … Gift wrapping is enters in the larger understanding of paper art and techniques of folding paper, which I know well!

THE ART OF GIFTING

Do you prefer a ribbon or a bow?

I would go for the ribbon, I like it a lot when it contrasts with the wrapping paper underneath.

Okay, a satin or organza ribbon?

Joker… I have a big crush on velvet! It’s the perfect winter fabric, such a smart look!

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IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE WORLD

What would you ask?

In order of priority: replace chard with cakes, stop wars and preserve the planet, for real!

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<>Stylist & food photographer
A yummi job
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Introducing

Nice to meet you Elise. Who are you?

My name is Elise and I have been a stylist and food photographer for 6 years now. I’m also a visual merchandiser so I am passionate about images and visual details.

I started my blog because of food intolerances as I wanted to share my knowledge and since then, never stopped photographing my dishes, the ingredients and everything linked to a culinary experience.

I am a huge fan of our national savoir-faire, authentic, seasonal and high-quality products.

So you have 2 jobs?

Yes, you can say that. I’m still a visual merchandiser for luxury maisons and I keep on running after time to fulfill those two lives. I’m in charge of product scenography in boutiques and windows, of window concepts as well as in-store scent, plants and flowers, music…

The link with food styling and photography is quite obvious: I use the same rules of display and color presentation on a large scale (for ready to wear and leather goods) and adapt those to a smaller scale.

What is the most photogenic food?

Meet Elise

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Aka the Pineapplechef

“Right now, I am focusing all my energy on culinary art.”

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Red berries are incredibly easy to shoot. Because of their textures, colors and small sizes.

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Macarons are also great thanks to their colors and geometrical shapes.

A PICTURE LIKE A PAINTING ``CLAIR-OBSCUR``

Can you tell us how you go about a photoshoot?

Preparation is key. I always start from a brief whether I work with a client or on a project with other photographers.

I search for inspiration around that brief then I draw (ugly) sketches on a notebook to have my guideline.

As I have been this visual merchandising job for more than 15 years now, I quickly have the image of the final rendering in my head. I can of course change my mind during the shooting and come up with a better idea (sometimes, so great pictures happen by accident!), but the idea of the shoot is already clear in my head.

Then, I look for great props like the proper background, plates etc…which suit my idea and off I go !

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You make food look like art: how do you see it?

The more I shoot, the more I am in awe with the ingredients beauty. Colors and textures. More than a nice picture or a good recipe, I want to tell a story and the palette of emotions that food can bring.

I want to talk about traditions, forgotten ingredients and traditions, food stories from far away like stories from my country where we have such a precious and unrivaled savoir faire.

And for a while now, I have been quite obsessed with flowers and greenery which goes so well with food.

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LOOK TWICE

Where does inspiration come from?

Everything can serve as an inspiration. Instagram, Pinterest but also a great exhibition or a book or even a market visit. One magnificent ingredient can be the starting point of everything.

A good picture to me is the one which ‘tells a story’, whether it was a completely staged or ‘in the moment’.

For a portrait (like the ones I shoot with the pastry chefs for example), a successful pic is when you can see his/ her goodness, his/her craziness… his/her soul!

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PHOTOGENIC PAPER

How different is it to shoot paper and ribbons from food?

To shoot wrapping paper is no different: the subject changes but the mix of textures, sizes, objet set up and focus, the light, the attention to details are the same.

The challenge was to make it even more beautiful than it was and not have the decor be too overwhelming.

The product needs to be the ‘hero’, the decor is here to emphasize it.

 

THE PROJECT: THE 4 SEASONS

Elise has agreed to a collaboration with us, at Impression Originale, to shoot her own interpretation of the 4 seasons with our gift wraps.

Spring

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Summer

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HEALTHY FOOD

A balance diet is at the center of your work. So, surprise us, what is on the menu tonight?

A simple, healthy, authentic and seasonal cuisine. Less processed food.

Use our good common sense by buying simple products to make a good soup instead of buying one (cheaper too). I work non-stop and I am a mummy too with dinners to prepare and yet I manage to do ok: all you need is some organization.

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Your favorite indulgence?

‘Leccese’ coffee that I’ve discovered this summer in Puglia in Italy : coffee served with an almond syrup, ice cubes and some lemon zest.

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Your favorite food - ever?

The question is too hard, I love so many things like risotto, pasta, parmigiano, crackers, cantaloupe, apricots, cherries, granola…

Make a wish

Save the bees ! Whithout them, we won’t be here for long.

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<>Intuition born from paper
from Slovakia to Ireland
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Introducing

Nice to meet you Miriam. Who are you?

Hi, I am a self-taught visual artist using paper as my medium. Originally from Slovakia currently living in Ireland. I have always been a creative person with many hobbies in my life. I stumbled across paper art quilling in 2015 and fell in love with it, more like addicted to it. I find it very therapeutic how the paper shapes and come to life.

You are currently living in Corlea, in Ireland. How did you end up there?

I met my Irish husband in the USA while working in summer camps and we traveled together a lot. After my university degree, we decided to find jobs in Ireland. At first, we stayed with my brother in law but not long we found this little traditional stone cottage and it was meant to be. Without even reviewing the house from inside we agreed on the sale. I just love the feeling of rural area and cottage itself.

Do you happen to be home sick? What do you miss most from Slovakia?

Very easy, my home mountains The High Tatras. In Ireland there is only hills (which they call mountains, they are nice but to me too small) and nice cold dry winter season with snow and skiing, skating, snow ball fighting and all sorts of winter fun.

Meet Miriam

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Dobrý deň !

“My ideal world is blue, calming and timeless…”

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FROM FURNITURE DESIGNER TO PAPER ARTIST

Can you tell us how you use today your skills-set into your current artistic creation?

At university, I always enjoyed building models. There will be 3D models of architecture or furniture and most common materials for student was mostly paper. I can see now it never left me. Perhaps therefore paper quilling appeal to me and now some of my work its like little paper cities your eyes can travel through…

How is paper so special to you?

Paper is always around us, its easy accessible and affordable to experiment. Over the time you start understanding different texture and thickness and start to appreciate it. Many times, it’s the paper itself that inspires me, and I do respect it. Mostly there are no sketches, I just follow intuition.

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FROM MIRIAM'S WINDOW

What do you see from your window / desk? What do you hear? What do you smell?

I see my whole world – my garden, my kids playing in the playground, my dogs and lovely neighbors’ horses and cows. I hear nature, birds signing, horse neighing, kids screaming, dogs barking and tractors … smell, usually whatever is in blossom, sometimes its farmers spreading slurry (country smell).

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Are you an animal lover?

I love Rottweilers, we used to have 2 – Woody and Misty, now we have 1 female – Zola and we have also small noisy companion – Dusty. And we do have a cat – Rainbow which is a necessity if you are living in the open countryside.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Tell us about one that represented a milestone

I dream of a giant installation on the wall over the reception desk of a well-known hotel or office…

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Must be my 1st group exhibition with Meath’s Art Group in Building of Public Office in Trim. It was first time I really realize how my work looks in nice exhibition space. I created my 2 most favourite pieces (so far) for this exhibition, ‘Bloom’ and ‘Pixels’. They represent what kind of work I really like to do and developed further.

BEHIND THE SCENES

An afternoon with Miriam in her workshop

For me “paper” echoes with… a white big space calling for action…

A few weeks ago, I got opportunity to work on your beautiful luxury wrapping paper. I had the chance to feel this quality wrapping paper and created lovely piece … So follow my lead for a step-by-step tutorial!

Step #1

I cut the strip from wrapping paper and then I cut them into curve shapes using blades and designed template from the card paper.

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Step #2

I create small and big circle from white card paper as my boundaries and glued to the bottom base. Following by gluing each strip of wrapping paper in between these circles. As gluing each piece, I hold them in gentle curve.

Step #3

Following a gentle curve, I keep gluing each strip until I return to the starting point and strips joined into the swirl.

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Step #4

I cut off areas around circle inside and outside… And voilà!

IF MIRIAM WAS A PAPER

If paper was an emotion, which one would you be?

Surprise – I got full set of grey shades papers. Until I started cutting them into strips I realize they are white inside and it lead me to whole new body of work.

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My favorite artist in the entire world: Bridget Riley. I admire her simplicity and perfection of op-art work she creates, I think she is ahead of time with her patterns and designs. Her work is timeless and always in fashion.

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<>Paper Wonders
made in Yorkshire
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Introducing

Nice to meet you Pippa. Tell us a little bit about you.

I am an artist based in Yorkshire, England.

I use single sheets of paper to create contemporary artworks using traditional paper cutting techniques. My work is inspired by nature and the things I encounter around me.

I first started paper cutting in around 2009/2010 whilst I was studying and fell in love with the simple medium I have worked with since.

Meet Pippa

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Hi there!

“My dream world: calm and colourful “

The Commission of my Dreams

“I would love to do a huge tapestry style piece filled with all the beautiful natural things in the world.”

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A WORLD OUTSIDE THIS WORLD

What are you exactly?

I refer to myself as an artist. Most of the time a paper artist, but also as a printmaker.

I think I have always thought of my work as being in a different world though. To me they all have life and movement and exist somewhere. I am simply trying to capture a frozen moment of that.

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WORK FROM HOME

Where is home?

I moved to Hebden in 2014, after living in the City of Leeds.

I am from Mirfield, originally (the same place Patrick Stewart is from!) Its is close by so I already knew it, but after getting disillusioned with life in a city, the draw of a beautiful place with a well know creative community was really inviting for me. I love it here.

I work from home and sit next to a window with a beautiful view of the valley, and my dog at my feet. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that.

Getting up early is the secret

My typical day can vary, but mainly consists of being in my studio working on current projects. It is quite labour intensive with long periods of sitting at my desk, so I try and break the day up with admin tasks and other bits and bobs!

I get up early, and so my work day starts at around 8am, and can sometimes go until 10pm (with breaks of course!) I am lucky that I get to do something I enjoy so much so it’s as much a pleasure for me as it is work.

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PAPER, TRANSFORMED INTO ART

What is your relationship to paper?

At first, paper was just a material to get what I needed done. Then it became quite a good choice because of the availability of the material as I was studying at the time. After a short while, I started to appreciate the material itself, its simplicity and varied types. Now it’s something I really love. I am a paper nerd. I love how different it can be and love to experiment with different types.

I recently started looking into more sustainable papers, and came across Japanese washi papers, which are both light as a feather and strong and I love working with it. It’s such a simple, every day material, but what it’s used for can both be thrown away and revered, it’s interwoven into history. I could go on and on.

LET'S PLAY!

If I say ``paper``, what first comes to your mind?

Half finished pieces of work laying out on my desk, stacks of clean fresh paper waiting to be turned into something, handwritten notes and stacks of books. So more of a place filled with paper!

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A PEAK FROM YOUR WINDOW

What do you see, hear and smell?

The window is right next to the left hand side of my desk and outside is a lovely view of the valley I live in, and lots of trees. There are always lots of birds around and faint noises from the town. I usually have some music playing in the background, something nice and calm!

I can also usually hear my dog snoring away by my feet somewhere.

My favourite smell is in the winter, when the town has a lingering smell of wood burning stoves in the air, I wish I could sit with my window open!

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WHAT MATTERS MOST

Tell us about a commission that was really special to you

It wasn’t technically a commission, but I worked with a local gallery to produce an original and edition of prints to fundraise following the terrorist attack in Manchester last year. We sold them all and raised a nice sum for a local charity that works with children, and were working with the kids and families that were directly and indirectly affected by the events.

It’s almost exactly a year ago now so it is nice to look back and think that I made even a small amount of difference.

STEP BY STEP

Walk us through the artwork you developped with us

Step #1

So I chose the paper from Impression Originale Collection “On the Bird’s wing” for my piece. The first thing I did was to research the artist, Eugène Séguy, that the paper was inspired by!

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Step #2

After this, I have to select the paper I will use. I chose my favourite paper to work on, which is a 36gsm washi paper from Japan. It is so incredibly light and thin but very strong and perfect for fine details.

The work is quite symmetrical with two birds touching beaks in the air, so I first drew a rough outline of the composition. This is always just a basic outline as I add detail in as I am working.

Step #3

Once the layout was decided, I cut out the most detailed sections first, so started with the wings. They are all slightly different. This can take a while and I cut out each feather individually.

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Step #4

Once the wings are completed, I move on to the tails. I added small details into the wings and body that are inspired by the random geometric shapes in the bird wings of the original design. Its very labour intensive, each piece is very small and can be less than a millimetre thick. I use an incredibly sharp blade, and change them frequently to keep the sharp tip I need.

Step #5

After all details have been cut out, its time to cut it free from the paper. This one will be very delicate as the two birds are only connected by the tips of their beaks, so it takes a lot of care and delicate handling once it is removed.

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THE PERFECTION OF A CIRCLE

If shapes and curves were emotions, which one would you be?

A circle. Emotions come and go, they are cyclical. You can’t have the same emotions all the time, but you will have them again. People aren’t meant to feel the same way all of the time.

Share a little secret...

I am 34 years old and I haven’t learnt to drive yet because it makes me so nervous!

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ON THE BIRD’S WING  [Collaboration with IMPRESSION ORIGINALE], Pippa Dyrlaga.

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Introducing

Nice to meet you Dorte. Who are you?

I am a designer and a story-teller. I am currently holing the post of Vice-Chairman at the Danish Color Board. I have a good share of professional experience behing me, including in the luxury design industry. I graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).

I love to catch the moment with my camera and share it with others. I am curious about who we are and why we act as we do as human beings.

I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I am a mother of two lovely girls and I believe that life is too short to fool around doing things you do not like. I see the world as a global amazing playground, colourful and inspiring.

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About me

“I was educated as a tailor and a textile designer. The colours, shapes and materials have been at the centre of my attention, always.”

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A JOB OF COLOURS

Sounds amazing, tell us more!

After years of working as a textile designer, I realised that colours were an essential aspect of the creation. They can structure a collection and makes the whole difference. My vision has expanded with story telling through art photography. Being able to catch the moment where the light, the shadow, and the colours come together in a perfect harmony is so powerful. I capture these moments to make sure they remain as memory and a source of inspiration – that is what I call, “the power of colours”.

I see it as an overall headline, as if colours and light would combine and tell a story. Why not listen when it is all around us? I work hard to reach the perfect harmonies with colours. When I find the “perfect” combination, it clicks and everything makes sense. It is so satisfying. With my camera, I catch moments of colours and light combinations, which I later use to translate into colour stories. This is my mission in life.

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HOW I TELL A STORY [Photography by Dorte Lenau Klint]

I WAS RED

What is your earliest memory on colours?

Growing up with three siblings, colours were given to my brothers and me from our parents, in order to avoid arguments.

We were associated with a specific colour, which were then tagged on our towels, toothbrush, mugs etc. My colour was red, as I was the only girl. But even then my favourite colour was blue.

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MY FAVORITE SEAWEED [Photography by Dorte Lenau Klint]

I have a very strong second memory. When I was about 5 years old, my mother had the most beautiful dress made by a tailor. I remember very clearly looking through the material and colour books from Paris, fascinated by all the colours.

My childhood was all about colours and storytelling. My mother had a thing with weekdays and colours; such as Monday was blue, Wednesday was yellow and so forth. Just the thought that colours could be more than just a colour fascinated me, even though I did not understand it.

BLUE WHITE RED!

How have colours influenced your life?

It feels like a natural thing. Colours are everywhere; from the symphony of colours you get while cooking, the colours in my own home and what I choose to wear. Colours have the power to express a mood and influence you experience life itself.

Colours are essential in my private as well as in my professional spheres. I have been forever obsessed with the coordination and play of colours, and how they express themselves apart, and together. As long as I can remember it has always been at the centre of my focus. At school I coordinated the colours of my cloth everyday. Regardless of the colours itself, my focus was always on the story I was trying to tell through the colour combination. At 12, I decided to dress like the French flag, so I choose clothes in red, blue and white. Voila!

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SKY IS THE LIMIT [Photography by Dorte Lenau Klint]

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SHADES OF RED [Photography by Dorte Lenau Klint]

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THE COLOUR PALETTE OF NATURE [Photography by Dorte Lenau Klint]

NORTHERN COLOURS

Do you think there are cultural aspects to colours?

If a colour had a voice what would it say? It all depends on the eyes of the beholder – so yes, I do believe that there is a cultural aspect to colours as well as language and attitudes.

Our history and traditions affect our choices. There is a predetermination in which will be your favourite colour and it’s meaning to you depending on where you were raised.

Living in Denmark, gave me a strong attraction to the cold colour palette, which have greatly influenced the way I décor my home and my personal taste.

However, traveling South, East and West inspires me to look at colour combination in a different way. I let the space for new palettes in my perception of the world.

FROM TEXTILE TO COLOURS

On your work journey, how did you become a specialist in colours?

“Colours not only express your mood but they can amplify your message.”

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I was educated as a tailor and a textile designer. The colours, shapes and materials have been at the centre of my attention, always. I consider that originality and creativity take life through craftsmanship.

My fascination for colours combination really came in the forefront after I lived in Paris in France and Bologna in Italia.

I realise how you can tell so much when mixing the right colours shades together and how hues are a reflection of the world around us. Colours not only express your mood but they can amplify your message.

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BLUE, ALWAYS BLUE

Do you think it makes senses to be asked what your favourite colour is?

Yes it does. I think we have seasonal favourites, which come and go. And, deeply rooted, we have a constant favourite colour. So yes, it totally makes sense.

For me, blue is not just blue. It is a colour that gives light and casts shadows, that is why this colour is so essential to me.

The DCB

What is the Danish Colour Board?

DCB is a non-profit organisation for professional colour enthusiasts – we meet twice a year to create our colour forecast two years ahead. DCB is a member of Intercolour (intercolour.nu) that was established in Paris in 1963. Sixteen countries come together and exchange about colours. Members originate from very different fields: from textile designers to anthropologists, interior decorators, trend forecasters, graphic designers and architects. Together we reach consortium and we have fun while doing it.

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THE GREAT MASTERS OF COLOURS

When it comes to colours, who are your favourite artists?

The old colour palette from wallpaper from the 50s has always fascinated me. The hues are deep and remind me of how craftsmanship was all about handmade original creations.

Besides this, I am a huge fan of William Turner for his blending of colours, Carsten Frank for the energy of his blurred tones, and William LaChance for his colour blocking and the naivety, which stems from it.

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“My mission in life: capture this perfect moment when colours and light fusion together”.

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Introducing

Nice to meet you Annyen. Who are you?

I’m an artist currently living and working in the west end of Toronto.

Working across several different media platforms, my practice includes lithography, screenprinting, book arts, installation, and paper-cutting.

For the last few years I have focused more on the latter, completing projects that range from extremely small pieces to large-scale, layered paper works.

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Hello!

“My ideal world: One with more compassion and justice. One where everyone has a voice. “

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TINY BLADE PROJECT

What are you exactly?

I am an artist.

My practice has a few branches: creating and exhibiting original, one-off pieces (Including Tiny Blades Project), making multiples (prints), and then partnering with other small businesses to offer in-person workshops.

I started Tiny Blades Project by cutting something out of paper every day for 365 days. Initially running as a year-long endeavour, I’ve since cut over 760 pieces to date.

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MY HOME IS TORONTO

``People build small towns wherever they go``

I was born and raised in Ottawa (roughly 550km away) and moved to Toronto at age 17 to attend OCAD University. For short periods of time I’ve also lived in New York and Hong Kong.

I heard a saying once: “people build small towns wherever they go”. I’m fortunate to have been able to travel, and have my own ways of making myself feel at home anywhere, but Toronto has a special place in my heart from the experiences that I’ve had here and the unique energy that the city embodies.

Home Portrait

I’ve recently had several clients approach me about making portraits of their homes. Each project was a lovely experience; for some clients I got to hear some history and personal stories with the house. I also got a sense of how much they loved their space. Now I pay even more attention to vernacular architecture when I’m out on my bike.

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A TYPICAL DAY

Tell us how is your typical day going by

I’m most productive in the morning or evening, so I wake up as early as I can, work with something in the background (Netflix, podcasts, or streamers on Twitch), and then take some time the afternoon, when productivity wanes, to do other things (bike errands, work out, read). In the evening I’ll either teach or work with dinner in between.

PAPER, MORE PAPER!

Paper is central to your work, explain what is so special about it.

I also work with printmaking (lithography and screenprinting), draw, and make installations.

If we were to trace it back to my early childhood, I was a huge bookworm; I loved interacting with different book forms, which probably informed an early love for paper. I’d also go through popup books and try to figure out how it was put together.

Paper is seen as a humble medium; it’s been around for centuries and is found virtually everywhere. So there’s something magical about putting it under a slightly different light – in my case, cutting away at it, or exploring its sculptural possibilities – that underscores the fundamental strangeness of our everyday objects and surroundings.

FROM YOUR WINDOW

What do you see, hear and smell?

A giant pine tree. A few springs ago, baby birds were hatched and raised right in front of me so I got to see them (and their mother) all the time.

I hear the neighbour’s dog barking and the bell from the school around the corner.

I smell the tea from across my desk.

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Step #1

The tools of paper-cutting are relatively simple: a cutting mat, a variety of papers, a good source of light, and of course a sharp knife. Some people work with tiny scissors instead of a knife, so I’d suggest experimenting with different tools until you can find something that you’re actually comfortable with using.

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Step #2

My pieces almost always start with a drawing on a separate sketchbook. This process helps me visualize the end result and also troubleshoot areas that I might find tricky to cut.

Step #3

In terms transferring this drawing onto your “good” paper: if you’re just starting out, you can always draw on the back of your paper and follow the lines as you cut. You can also tape your drawing directly on top of your paper and cut through both sheets at once. What I do, however, is burnish my drawing onto the paper (I use a ballpoint pen with no ink). I’ll see indentations on the paper surface, which I use as a rough guide while cutting.

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Step #4

Generally speaking, you’ll want to cut out the smaller, more finicky details first, because the paper will get more and more vulnerable as you go. I cut out the perimeter of the piece last!

A CLOSER LOOK

If shapes and curves were emotions, which one would you be?

An equilateral triangle.

Share a little secret...

I enjoy the thrill of heights. My first bungee jump was 233 metres (765 feet). It definitely brings you into the present moment!

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Introducing

Nice to meet you Emily. Who are you?

I’m an artist living in the countryside, north of New York City.

I’m in the process of building a three story studio with my husband, Paul Isabella, on our 15 acres. We like to collaborate on projects, small ones like building wooden miniatures to big ones like building our studio!

In my freetime, I like to play the ukulele (although, I’m not very good), cook with friends and hunt for treasures at flea markets. No I don’t speak French but I’m always trying to learn a little bit here and there. One of my best friends lives outside of Paris so I travel to France about once a year and the more I visit, the better my French becomes.

Meet Emily

About me

“I studied textile design and currently design and illustrate for a number of different applications like books, fabric, wallpaper, clothing, packaging, rugs, upholstery, toys and paper goods.”

My ideal world

“A world without fear.”

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WORKING FROM HOME

Present us your typical day. Tell us what makes for you a day out of the ordinary.

I usually get up, make coffee and a simple breakfast and I work all day.

My work is very enjoyable so this isn’t a bad thing for me. In the evenings, I go for a jog, cook dinner, play music and read or maybe watch a movie. The last movie I watched was Blow Up directed by Michelangelo Antonioni – so good. I have ideas for some illustrations based on stills from the film.

Sometimes I leave the house to visit friends, or go to a ballet class – those are the days that are out of the ordinary. I have a hard time leaving my work sometimes.

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We live at the base of the Catskill Mountains. My window looks out into the forest. There are trees outside my house that little birds really love. Hundreds of them nest in the trees right there and it sounds like something out of a fairytale.

It smells good here!

Right now I’m burning cedar incense so it smells like I’m in a little indoor forest.

MUSEE RODIN'S COMMISSION

Impression Originale commissioned you to work on a project with the Musée Rodin in Paris.

How did you go about this commission?

For me, a soft pencil captures the best of my ideas. Once I am ready to solidify the ideas, I typically use gouache. The Musée Rodin wanted the sculptures to be accurately represented but still very stylized. I think layering linework over graphic shapes helped bring that request to life.

I haven’t visited the museum. Last time I was in Paris is was next on our list but we didn’t make it there so on my next trip it will definitely be at the top. I love the softness of Camille Claudel’s work. Although she was often compared to Rodin, she had her own voice. She did have a sad story – I’m sure it was hard to receive recognition as a female artist back then.

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WHERE IS HOME

You are American.

Can you tell us what France represents to you – artistically speaking?

In a way, I feel most at home in France.

I spent a semester abroad in Provence when I was 21 and those days are some of my most cherished. I think I really found my artistic voice in France and things clicked for me there. My favorite art lives in the Museé d’Orsay. Vuillard is my favorite artist and Toulouse Lautrec is a close second. There is a room on the first floor that houses two of my favorite pieces by these artists and I wish I could live there.

MY PROFESSION

How would you like to be called (referred to) as a professional?

“I just make things because I have a compulsive need to create.”

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I guess the easy way to describe my profession is “artist”. I am always exploring new mediums and applications for my work. I consider myself a designer but also an illustrator. Somedays I do more textile design than illustration and other days it’s the opposite. But mainly, I just make things because I have a compulsive need to create.

MORE COMMISSIONS

Tell us about other special commissions

I recently designed a tea set for kids! I loved that sort of thing when I was little so it was exciting to think about how my childhood self would have been so excited.

A Stranger's Coat

A stranger asked me to paint her coat. It was such a pretty coat, I was happy to do it!

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Trinket Boxes

I designed these trinket boxes for Anthropologie.

Oh Jane

I saw Jane Birkin sing at Carnegie Hall. It was a very special night so I made sure to bring my sketchbook.

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Kate Spade!

This artwork was done for Kate Spade.

Everyone Loves New York

This illustration of the Met in NYC was done for a book called Everyone Loves New York.

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LET'S PLAY

If colours and brushes were emotions, which one(s) would you be?

Content blushy rose, snappy vermillion, and a fresh smalt blue – I’m a smaller brush – squirrel hair size 2.

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Silence is Golden

“Tell us everything about you, with a drawing (and a meow)”.

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My Totem Animal, Aiko Fukawa.

BACK TO MAGIC

What is your best memory, as a child?

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Christmas morning, all my stuffed animals were lined up in the room, Aiko Fukawa.

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As far as I can remember, I always drew!, Aiko Fukawa.

A CALLING

Why did you decide to become an illustrator?

WHISPER

Tell me your secret for success

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“Start your day early”, Aiko Fukawa.

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THE FUTURE

What do you wish for future generations?

CARE FOR OTHERS

What are you doing to save the Earth?

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Donate to animal rescue center + don’t ever buy fur!, Aiko Fukawa.

SWEETNESS WORLD!

What is your favorite kind of food?

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Cake, Aiko Fukawa.

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Silence is Golden

“Tell us everything about you, with a drawing (and a bark)”.

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Self-portrait, Kim aka Mr. Fox.

YOUR FAVORITE DISH

You mentioned, you wanted to be a chef in another life.

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Lasagna!, Mr. Fox

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Fry chewed my still-brand-new Apple Pencil, not it doesn’t work, Mr. Fox

FRY, MY DOG

The latest naughty invention of your dog, Fry?

A LATERN ON MY HEAD

If you could escape your physical form, what would you be, where would you go, and what would you do?

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“I wish I can be a deep sea fish with the lantern on my head, I would explore the bottom of the sea like in the Sponge Bob”, Mr. Fox

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“My dog, especially when he is flipped and sleeping”, Mr. Fox.

SOFT POINT

Something that makes you smile, each time, with no exception.

MORNING CRAVING

Your favourite kind of breakfast?

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