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Blue Bells Miniature Gift Box

Size M [10 (l) x 10 (w) x 5 (h) cm]

When Gulliver discovered the charming world of the Lilliputian, he could have very well unearthed a garden like this. If we were to listen to these tiny bell-like flowers, we could almost hear a tinkle in their drops of dew. This wrapping paper is fresh and yet so delicate.

Check the matching ribbons and ready-to-use bows in the “you may also like” section below.

Note: our gift box is sent flat. Very easy to assemble. Follow 3 steps in less than 10 seconds. Voilà!

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Elizabeth Olwen

Blue bells Miniature wrapping paper

When Gulliver discovered the charming world of the Lilliputian, he could have very well unearthed a garden like this. If we were to listen to these tiny bell-like flowers, we could almost hear a tinkle in their drops of dew. This wrapping paper is fresh and yet so delicate.

In this KIT: 1 WRAP + RIBBONS (2.5m) or ready-to-use BOW of your choice.

Note: Our gift wraps are all shipped rolled in a protective tube.

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Elizabeth Olwen

Blue bells Miniature wrapping paper

When Gulliver discovered the charming world of the Lilliputian, he could have very well unearthed a garden like this. If we were to listen to these tiny bell-like flowers, we could almost hear a tinkle in their drops of dew. This wrapping paper is fresh and yet so delicate.

Check the best paired ribbons and bows in the “you may also like” section below.

Specifications:

  • 60x86cm
  • 115 g/m²
  • Double-sided printed

Note: Our gift wraps are all shipped rolled in a protective tube.

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Behind the scenes

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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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SURPRISE GIFT BAG [Original Design Emily Isabella for Impression Originale], distributed by Musée Rodin in Paris.

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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The passion of a Craftsman

Meet the Companion
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Introducing

Damien, how did you specialise in Leather?

As a child, I was day dreaming that later I will become a car designer… So I naturally sought for a a vocational training, which proposed practical teachings. In France, the best training in this area is given by “les Compagnons du Devoir“.

I believe that the best way to learn in craftsmanship is to evolve slowly and see all the aspects of work. The vocational training with the Companions is exactly doing this. You learn step by step, in a process that lasts 7 years. In the first years of my training, I realised that I would get more opportunities working as a leather craftsman than as a car designer.

Thus, I started my « Tour de France » of the Companions in 1997. I was 20. The first city I headed to was Bordeaux, then I went to the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium (with Delvaux), Switzerland, Morocco, then I came back to Paris for Louis Vuitton (design office and studio). I finished my “Tour” with Céline in London.

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The "Compagnons du Devoir"

The Compagnons du devoir proposes a traineeship based on a vocational training which is divided in 3 steps: first you join as an ” Apprentice“, then once adopted by the companions Community you are upgraded to “Aspiring Companion” to carry on your vocational training. At the end of the traning, you are required to submit your “Masterwork” which is submitted to the approval of the Companions’ Board. If accepted, you get the title of  “Compagnon”.

INITIATORY VOYAGE

How did you "Tour" shape you?

My “Tour” with the Compagnons du Devoir was extremely important for the young man I was. Despite its name “Tour de France”, I undertook most of my training abroad where I was lucky enough to meet wonderful professionals who greatly inspired me. I am still in touch with them today. I was 20 when I joined the Companons, which is very late. Usually, you join when you are 14. So I was more mature, I guess and more determined in learning to become as skilled as possible.

A PASSION

What moves you?

Why do I like so much what I do? I think the most important thing is the smile of appreciation on my cliens’ face when they see what I have done. Inspiration can take many shapes. But I am most inspired by simple things. I rely on my wild imagination to give a twist to my creativity. For example, I can come up with a twisted swirl of leather, after looking at an ivy on a tree.

THE MASTERWORK

The 'Masterwork' is the final step of the Companion's training. What was yours?

My Masterwork was a travelling writing case. It was tan (camel colour), hand stitched with a white 12 strings threads, with crushed raspberries coloured Alcantra panels. On the outside, there were some yoks at the corners, stitched in white thread again. It looked like an old luxurious case, similarly to the ones Hermès did.

OUTSTANDING PROJECT

Tell us about one of your outstanding projects

The infamous Charlie Davidson approached me with an incredible project, he designed a unique seat and was looking for someone who could manufacture it. It is truly an impressive piece, it is a long seat shaped in a black leather corset on the outside and pink in the inside. The foot are in the shape of stilettos…  I was very happy to be able to give “life” to this beautiful seat.

I also participated in the interior design of some mega yacht and super yacht. We work on unique leather pieces, such as wall panels, flooring, staircases handrails or even buffalo leather bathroom walls…

I have also been asked to install some eel’s leather inside a chandelier. Oh! and yes… once I have been asked to cover the interior of gym bells with galuchat, which is the leather of a ray fin, one of the rarest leather in the world.

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OBJECT OF DESIRE [Design Charlie Davidson].

BEHIND DE SCENES

How do give life to your artworks?

I usually start with sketches, which I validate with the Client. This preliminary phase can stretch a bit depending on the Client. I only start a project once my Client is fully content. I also validate the colours, the type of leather in this phase. Then, I will start what I call “the development”, which starts with a prototype. The prototype enables us to adjust the concept before I start working with the real material. It often have “carte blanche” and I skip the preliminary phase to start straight away on my vision…

LIGHTS & COLOURS

What is your favorite colour (on leather)?

I prefer bright colours. Instinctively, I would go for blue… wait, no… I also like red, or green.

Thinking about it, I am not sure whether I care for the colours or on how the light awakes the colours. Without light, colours are still, boring. In my experience, most of the people will choose neutral colours on leather, either grey, black or white. I try to bring them to more lively colours or natural colours.

“In Notting Hill, in London,

I covered a desk with pistachio green leather

with a bright fuchsia leather in the inside.”

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GILDING

How does the gilding process work on leather?

  1. First, we sketch what we would like to be gilded. It is called a “stamp”
  2. We use this stamp on a hot press (around 120°c)
  3. We take the leather piece and position it under the press.
  4. Then, we press firmly for a couple of second on the leather, with a gold leaf in between
  5. Voilà!
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THE KNOW-HOW

What makes a beautiful leather piece?

When I look at a beautiful piece of leather, all I see is the know-how it required. You can feel the passion, the time spent over it. You also understand the time and expertise it required… The French know-how in leather craftsmanship is an expression of a certain everyday sophistication.  The training with the Companions is quite extensive as it lasts 7 years. In France, we are very lucky to have such a craftsmanship inheritance. Of course, trends are mutating, but the level of requirements is transferred and it keeps diffusing in our modern days.

RARE GEM

What is the most beautiful leather piece you have ever seen?

One of the most remarkable leather gem I have seen: a trapeze travelling back from 1900 in one piece of crocodile leather. It was a very long bag (90cm) with a doctor lock, in camel colour. This was incredible… and it was forgotten on a shelf in the Louis Vuitton mending workshop. When I saw it, I could not believe my eyes…

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