Intermission

I know I am not as present on this blog as usual these days. I am working hard on my Christmas products as well as next year’s collection. It is also a busy period at work (the real one with paychecks). Consequently, I don’t feel like posting a lot; my free time is filled with reading and music for a change.

 

 

I’ll be back soon enough!

 

 

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Fall selection

Discover the ‘Petit Paris’ Etsy team’s selection of beautiful fall items. I am delighted to be in it!

L’été indien s’invite à Paris

 

 

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Jewellery display research

Fall season is back! 

Before you know it, Christmas will be around the corner. As time flies at quite a scary pace, I am already planning the winter fairs I hope to be a part of this year.

Last year were my first experiences and I had to build and buy a lot of material quickly. I was happy with my stand, but there was certainly room for improvement. For a start, I am trying to see if I need to buy new stuff. Hopefully not: these things cost a fortune even when you go for DIY.

 

Here are the displays I already own (on the right, the little symbols I use in the sketches viewed from up high):

My display colours are: white, light wood and copper. I stick to natural or aged material as I feel it matches my jewellery quite well.

 

As always when I am in the research phase, I am sketching!

 

jewellery display

I have to take both horizontality and verticality into account. Display the items on several vertical levels looks good, but they also have to be harmoniously spread on the table.

jewellery display

Later, I will put out the table and make real life tests. I don’t pay attention to scale when I draw, so there can be a large gap between the sketch and the real thing. What matters is that doodling gives me ideas.

 

Last year, I had a hard time finding a table cloth large enough to cover the whole table, feet included as they are seriously ugly (it’s a camping table). In the end, I bought a white bed sheet but it was too large so I had to partly fold it. Plus it was see-through so I had to put a smaller, thicker cloth beneath it… Anyway, it wasn’t great.

This year, I want to find something that fits, even if I need to sew it myself. I’m also thinking about a darker table runner (maybe light brown of natural linen to match the wood). It would split the display space into three parts, which could be interesting.

jewellery display

And maybe a sign or a light box with my brand’s name on it?

My goal is to make something that looks as good in reality as it does in my mind. In the meantime, I also need to make a lot of new jewellery pieces to fill this table!

 

 

To be continued!

 

 

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Sail & Bead

Some holiday snapshots!

And even though it doesn’t look like it these days, I am actually also working on new jewellery.

 

 

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Summer break with Team Etsy Petit Paris

Since I am less active here during the summer, now is the time to check out my team’s summer selection! The team Etsy Petit Paris is full of talented people who make awesome things by hand.

It’s over here!

team etsy petit paris

 

 

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Happy Bastille Day!

We actually never call it “Bastille Day” in France, just 14th of July. We celebrate both the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14th, 1789, and the Fête de la Fédération on July 14th, 1790. The more you know!

 

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Manly jewellery, or the delicate art of gendered marketing

Recently, I have started making cufflinks. I had wanted for a while now to try making jewellery for men. I did not expect to stumble upon the very type of obstacle I hate most, which made me question my design choices a lot more than usual.

jewellery for men

 

Jewellery is for girls

This notion, as sexist and moronic as it is, is everywhere. Real men don’t wear accessories, they are not interested in fashion, and if they do there must be something wrong with them. I will not rant too long on this matter because there is so much to say and I don’t feel qualified enough for it. But there is something furiously unhealthy in our society.

 

Manly designs

When you look up “jewellery for men” on the internet, you get very simple things made with leather, metal, chain. The designs have lots of angles and straight lines, dark colours, wide seams or links, rough looks.

It would seem the 21st century man is supposed to be a suit-clad caveman with everything about him very large and very sturdy (there was so much potential for a joke about size and/or hardness here, be thankful I’m a classy person).

So here I come, all about round shapes and lively colours, ready to conquer the manly market. I would love to make things in leather but it’s not something one can improvise; I have too much to learn before starting and now is not the time. Metal is coming, but slowly. This was not looking very promising…

 

Go old or go funny

After a time of reflexion, the first easy-to-make accessories I decided to try were cufflinks. I liked this idea because I could keep using the materials I enjoy: metal and gemstones.

But cufflinks are either old school or a joke: as far as I know, nowadays, people only buy it for occasions such as weddings or to make a silly gift. I guess it says a lot about how masculinity in fashion has changed over time. Accessories for men, I find, are very limited, just like styles of clothes. Professional wear? Nothing much there except suits. Formal event? Suits again, or maybe a tuxedo if it is really formal.

For women, on any day and any occasion, tons of options are available! Who said that men don’t like diversity in their clothing and women do? Why is it considered effeminate for a man to like jewellery? And why would something ‘effeminate’ on a man be such a bad thing anyway?

 

Marketing outside of the box

We are all influenced by the buttloads of images and sounds we receive daily, that spread all the dumbest clichés. I look at what I make and keep wondering: ‘Is it too girly?’. And then I get pissed off at myself for falling into that trap again.

I have yet to find the delicate balance needed to try to make things that get out of those stupid constraints while also trying to sell them. It is not easy to reconcile your deepest convictions with… well, marketing.

 

In the end, I still finished my cufflinks. I made them in my own style and I’m happy with them. I am not one to be discouraged by ideas I despise, however prevalent they may be.

jewellery for men

Does this look girly to you? I don’t know anymore. I have decided to stop caring.

 

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100th blog post!

To celebrate my hundredth blog post, I will give you a quick tour of my favourite blogs. Warning: my selection is quite eclectic and there is nothing there about jewellery making… I don’t read any DIY or creation-oriented blogs. When I browse the internet, I am rather looking for other subjects for a change.

100th blog post

Bouletcorp — Boulet is a French comic artist who’s been blogging for more than ten years, with great humour and drawing style.

Scandinavia and the world — Denmark, Norway and Sweden walk into a blog…

Letters of note — A collection of all sorts of historical, touching, funny, sometimes crazy letters.

The Oatmeal — Matthew Inman is some sort of comic artist alien with a very weird humour.

Crocodiles Project — A webcomic telling stories of everyday sexism and harassment.

Sarah’s scribbles — Delightfully funny webcomic by Sarah Andersen.

What the fuck France (Youtube channel) — Paul Taylor is English but lives in France. Many French things escape his understanding for three reasons.


What are your favourite blogs?

 

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017

mother's day

In France, Mother’s Day is on the last Sunday of May!

 

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Existential question

dangling

Sometimes I end up asking myself questions on life, the universe and everything, and let me tell you the answer is not always as obvious as 42.

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