Bits and bobs #1

Bit and bobs. I’ve always liked this english expression. I don’t know why. Maybe because in French, bob is used to name a kind of hat. The kind my mom used to force me to wear at the beach when I was a kid, with an elastic under the chin to prevent it to fly away with the wind.

kid with bob

That’s not me but the scenery is almost exact (except Finding Nemo did not exist at that time.)

Diploid

 

I had a coffee with friends this morning and one of the girls I was meeting for the first time told me “Hey, you have a blog don’t you? I used to read it, it was cool.” Gosh, that was unexpected. So, I’m back at it. Just like that. Thanks Alizée, we’ll see how it goes.

Shout out to Diploïd for the cutest latte art.

 

I spent 3 days in Paris with my family a few weeks ago, and I took advantage of a walk along the Canal Saint Martin to go back to this bookshop I like very much: Artazart. The selection gravitates towards photography, design, architecture, illustration etc.

I couldn’t get out of the shop without buying something so I chose this little gem, about Rakugaki. It basically is a quirky and unconventional drawing learning method,  to easily learn to look at and represent the world around us. It was invented by a japanese graphist and illustrator, Bunpei Yorifuji. I want to read it cover to cover before giving it a go.

I love the little panda on the cover saying “Buy me!”.

 

Images are from the Facebook page of B42 editions.

My avocado tree is doing great. It needs to be planted in proper soil. I learnt a bit late that I could make it more “bushy” by choping off the stem at some point. I did it quite recently, so it should now grow 2 stems instead of one. It’s possible to repeat the process on the new branches after new leaves have grown.

 

 

I finally hung up those frames. The lithographs all come from Le Bois Debout, in Vieux Lyon. This shop is specialized in old and modern engravings.

frames

I made the triptych by putting together 3 japanese pieces, all details of kimono prints. The two other lithographs were stored in two different trays in the shop, so I was quite impressed when the owner told me “You have a good eye, they are both from the same artist!”. They are from around 1900, by J. Habert Dys. The one on the right shows hanging bats, the one at the bottom are scorpions fishes (at least that’s what it looks like). You can’t see it on the picture but there is some golden in it too.


It is sunday, 5pm. I’m happy I dedicated time to write this. I can now start the usual week end chores (aka cleaning…) with a free mind. I will listen to a podcast as usual (a free mind? who am I kidding!). The next post here will probably be a list of the podcasts I listen to regularly.

Have a relaxing sunday night!