On creativity

Today, I’d like to talk a little bit (that’s a lie, this post is really long) about creativity, because I keep being reminded how it can be part of many different areas of one’s life, and I enjoy it every time.

My job is a creative one: I’m a dance artist and choreographer. I spend a lot of my time imagining projects, creatively responding to assignements, trying to facilitate someone else’s or my own artistic vision. And the medium that my creativity best expresses itself in is dance, movement and the body.

I really got into crafts a few years ago, when I had very little work as a dancer and really needed to acheive things and be creative. I needed to see the beginning and the end of one given project, in a much shorter amount of time than making a dance work would. So I started sewing and knitting more, I started taking pictures, cooking and generally making stuff.

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Petit Pan

I was alway a great fan of Petit Pan, long before we spoke about having a family. What’s not to like : bright colours, lovely prints, cute shapes.

I often thought about copying their creations because they look fairly simple, though really well made. They also look really fun and practical. I once made some fabric storage for my god daughter inspired by something I saw in Petit Pan’s window. It worked out quite nicely.

When I now think about things I want to make for our future baby (only a few more weeks to go) I always dream of Petit Pan-like things. A baby’s blanket, jacket, our maybe a mobile. The great thing about them is that they also sell fabric and trims. So you can actually make things inspired from their collection.

A few days ago Mum took me out shopping for the baby. The sales are still going here in Paris, it’s the best time to get a few cheap treasures. We went to Petit Pan and Mum bought a nice blanket for the baby. I only bought some lovely bias that
I used with some very soft purple fleece I had at home. For under 10€ I made my own Petit Pan blanket and it looks really cute.

I really recommend looking at their Pinterest pins, they have great pictures for inspiration. For those of us who live a colourful Life, this is endless ressource for creative ideas …

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Petit Pan have many shops. My usual are : 37, 39 and 76 rue François Miron, 75004 Paris.

Kindle cover

Mum got a kindle reader for Christmas. It’s quite à nice idea my brother had because Mum commutes quite a bit around Paris so she’ll make great use of it.

She asked me to make a cover for her reader so it doesn’t get scratches in her hand bag.

I mades this little cute cover, improvising around the instructions for this tutorial, and playing with fancy stitches on my machine. I used some coton canvas from zafus I made last year, pink felt I used to make a brillant needle case, some really pretty Liberty fabric from an old shirt I made ages ago, and some batting for Zélie’s blanket.

I hope she likes it. In any case, it was good fun to make and challenged me to try new things with my seing machine.

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