When I lived in Paris, France, I was very taken with Belleville, which was a melting pot of so many cultures. I found myself speaking both French and Chinese in one shop around the corner. It felt so very universal and familiar.
What I love most about where I lived and visited was how the cultures were reflected in the artwork and design locally and historically. It seeped into my very being, and the art you see here, is the influence of Laos, Kiev, Thailand, Borneo, Paris, Croatia, Florence, Moscow, Siberia, Vietnam, and many more. I grew up knowing I would be an artist and took mental and literal notes and sketches of everything that inspired me. I became an expert in the markets and grew a keen eye for the unique and beautiful.
I create illustrations and inspired items for your house, home, and wardrobe. I draw portraits, design textiles, write/illustrate books, hand-paint rings, and travel the world.
A few years ago I lived in Paris, and fell in love with Belleville. It was a melting pot of all of the places I'd been a part of during my childhood abroad in Asia and South Africa (Hence the name of my brand). Paris is a moveable feast, so I take it with me wherever I go.
I am a cat lover, I love Miyazaki, old things, history, places, people. I can also play the flute.
Kjrsten Madsen took some photos for a project our mutual friend is doing-- here's a little peek of one of them. I had the opportunity to teach her girls art lessons, and I have loved every minute. They are so creative. Her family is moving to Salt Lake City, and I will miss the time I've had with them.
Rebecca of The Clothes Horse shot my Des Fleurs skirt, and I think the photos are lovely and vibrant. She is an American living in Northern Ireland and always has such fun photos and outfits.
She features a lot of designers wares, and I always like looking at her work.
Those flowers look like they've jumped off my skirt into the landscape.