Thursday, December 29, 2016

EXHIBITION | Christmas Event at Gallery Palette ☆ December 13-17, 2016

Here is a series of pieces I have made for a Christmas event that took place in Tokyo at Gallery Palette (from December 13-17). For the occasion I made four Anemone bouquet broches, three camellias, three ribbons, three hearts, two stars and one special necklace!
Not all pieces have been sold, so if you are interested in a piece feel free to get in touch with me by leaving a comment below or by emailing me at marie[at]mariemaglaque[dot]com 💝

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

EVENT TOKYO | A Royal Pop Up Shop at ISETAN

New embroidered crown brooch

✩ Bonjour ☆

Almost a month has passed since my last post, I have been too busy preparing for a very special series of brooches for Japan to update the blog and follow my schedule... We are also moving in our new apartment and the children were on holidays for two weeks, so time and energy were in limited supply 😉

I was invited last Spring by my lovely friends at Sophie et Chocolat to participate to their pop-up shop at the Isetan department stores in Shinjuku (November 2 - 8) and Nagoya (November 16 - 22) in Japan. The event takes place during the British week and the theme chosen for the occasion is "ROYAL".

I started sourcing for materials early on in Tokyo, before our move to Switzerland, and found what I was looking for at the Lace Center in Harajuku - which by the way I highly recommend if you need laces. 
I selected three lace designs featuring pretty crowns and my favorite Toho beads and got to work on the nine brooches at the beginning of October. Each design I came up with is unique and will only be sold during the pop up shop in Japan!

ROYAL pop up shop by Sophie et Chocolat

1. Isetan Shinjuku - in November 2 - 8, 2016

2. Isetan Nagoya - in November 16 - 22, 2016

♕ Other participants to the pop up shop are:

Andrea Garland , Cleo Ferin Mercury , Eleonora Marton東ちなつ , 黒田愛里 , Fancy a la mode , Hello Sandwich , mojojojo , Bon Cadeaux , Favorite Garden , fragola , joy! , OLOR JAPAN , ViOLET AND CLAiRE

photograph : Akiko Tsunoda

styling : Sophie et Chocolat
hair & make-up : Hiromi Tezuka
model : 来夢
Follow the behind the scene of the event on Instagram with the following hashtags:

#sophieetchocolat #ソフィーエショコラ #isetangirl #royal

Flyer of the ROYAL pop up shop by Sophie et Chocolat 

✩ Bonjour ☆
Près d'un mois a passé depuis mon dernier post, j'étais bien trop occupée à préparer une série très spéciale de broches pour le Japon pour pouvoir mettre à jour le blog et suivre le calendrier que je m'étais fixé... Les enfants ont aussi été en vacances pendant deux semaines et nous emménageons dans notre nouvel appartement, de sorte que mon temps et mon énergie (aussi) étaient en quantité limitée! 😉

Au printemps dernier, mes amies chez Sophie et Chocolat m'ont invité à participer à leur pop-up store dans la chaîne de grands magasins Isetan à Shinjuku (du 2 au 8 Novembre 2016) et à Nagoya (du 16 au 22 Novembre 2016), au Japon. L'événement aura lieu durant la semaine "britannique" et le thème choisi pour l'occasion par Sophie et Chocolat est "ROYAL".

J'avais commencé à préparer cette mini-collection très tôt, alors que j'étais encore à Tokyo, en rassemblant les matériaux dont j'avais besoin. J'avais trouvé mon bonheur au Lace Center à Harajuku - que je recommande vivement si vous avez besoin de jolies dentelles... 
Mon choix se porta sur trois motifs de dentelle en forme de couronnes et c'est armée de mes perles préférées de chez Toho Beads et que je me suis mise au travail au début du mois d'octobre.
Les neufs broches couronnes sont toutes uniques et sont une exclusivité pour Sophie et Chocolat au Japon!

♕ ROYAL pop up shop by Sophie et Chocolat ♕

1. Isetan Shinjuku - in 2 Novembre - 8, 2016

2. Isetan Nagoya - chez 16 Novembre - 22 2016

♕ Autres participants au pop-up store sont:
Andrea Garland, Cleo Ferin Mercury, Eleonora Marton, 東 ち な つ, 黒 田 愛 里, Fantaisie à la mode, Bonjour Sandwich, mojojojo, Bon Cadeaux, Jardin Favorite, fragola, la joie! , OLOR JAPAN, VIOLET ET CLAIRE

♕photo: Akiko Tsunoda
style: Sophie et Chocolat
cheveux et maquillage: Hiromi Tezuka
modèle: 来 夢

♕Suivez les coulisses de l'événement sur Instagram avec les hashtags suivants:
#sophieetchocolat # ソ フ ィ ー エ シ ョ コ ラ #isetangirl #royal


英国ウィークの伊勢丹新宿店、初出店となる名古屋のイセタンハウスに、ソフィーエショコラの期間限定ショップがオープンします。 【 Shinjuku 】
■ 2016年11月2日(水) 〜 11月8日(火)
■ 伊勢丹新宿店 本館2階=イーストパーク 【 Nagoya 】☆初出店☆
■ 11月16日(水)〜11月22日(火)
■ 大名古屋ビルヂング イセタンハウス 地下1階 コンセプトショップ🔱 👑🔱“ROYAL”をテーマに、初の試みとなるイギリス人アーティストとのコラボレーション、高貴な気分になれるベルベット素材のインテリア、異なる素材をミックスしたオリジナルファッション小物に加え、未発表のキャンバス画、ワークショップなど、クリエイティブな感覚を呼び起こされるような空間が誕生します。


[ スペシャルメンバー ]
Andrea Garland , Cleo Ferin Mercury , Eleonora Marton
東ちなつ , 黒田愛里 , Fancy a la mode , Hello Sandwich , Marie Maglaque , mojojojo , Bon Cadeaux , Favorite Garden , fragola , joy! , OLOR JAPAN , ViOLET AND CLAiRE
photograph : Akiko Tsunoda
styling : Sophie et Chocolat
hair & make-up : Hiromi Tezuka
model : 来夢

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

EMBROIDERY | Lemmikko, Artisan de la Broderie d'Art in Tokyo

✩ Bonjour ✩

Today I would like to introduce you to a wonderful space dedicated to the haute-couture embroidery that I discovered in Tokyo earlier this year. I had heard about Lemmikko from my students and friends, I knew about their book and I had discovered their delicate embroidery work in various articles so I was extremely keen to meet up with founders/ designers Akiko Ogawa and Shiro Shibata. The re-opening of Lemmikko's Colorbucket shop was the perfect opportunity to come and discover this exquisite space!

1. Colorbucket, the shop

Imagine a delightful place where beads, sequins and other embroidery materials & tools cover every wall. All the furnitures have been tailor-made and built by Shiro Shibata and I am impressed by the  amount of work and attention to details that it represents. 
The sequins & beads come in all shapes and a stunning range of colors, and everything has been organized to be easily accessible and to please the senses of embroiderers. 
How to resist to so much beauty!

Shiro Shibata, one of the founders of Lemmikko
Delicate and shiny beads adorning the walls behind the counter
Loving the creative way to display materials in light bulbs!
Vintage as well as new materials: creativity has no boundaries!
Beads coming in all shapes and materials
An ingenious and pretty way to display & organize all the sequins
One of my favorite colors!
Every tool you can dream of, and more!
Mimosa embroidery sample
You can also try out one of the Lemmikko kits
More beads than you can imagine...

Do you need embroidery materials for your next project? Visit Colorbucket, conveniently located near Yoyogi-Uehara station in the heart of Tokyo. All information here (in Japanese). 

2. Classes at Lemmikko

The space where embroidery classes take place is located on the ground floor, next to Colorbucket. It's very bright and peaceful, showcasing embroidery projects on the walls as well as various tools. That day Akiko Ogawa is teaching a class, I am really happy to meet her and exchange a few words in French. Students quickly set up their embroidery frames and start working on their individual projects in a relaxing atmosphere. I am envious of their skills at the crochet de Lunéville embroidery, which I don't master yet... I still prefer needle embroidery!

You can find all details about the classes at Lemmikko here (in Japanese). 

You can also follow Lemmikko on Facebook {here} as well as discover their blog {here}
to keep up to date with their news, various events & promotions.

Akiko Ogawa in between Higoshi-san and myself :-)

The meet-up with Akiko Ogawa and Shiro Shibata was made possible 
by my student & friend Sachiko Higochi {merci beaucoup!}. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

TRAVEL | So, how is life in Switzerland?

So how is life in Switzerland you all are asking me?

Because yes, last August I relocated from the mega city of Tokyo (Japan) to a small village in the western part of Switzerland. Not far from where I grew up in fact - except that it was on the French side of the border... and that makes a huge difference if you ask me.

Switzerland is neat, clean and pretty. Landscapes in Switzerland really do look like postcards (when the weather is sunny). We've been blessed with a warm sun and long days ever since moving back, which certainly eased a lot the whole process. Because you don't really relocate from Tokyo easily. 

Nope, it's supposed to be hard, but it's been easy so far. Kids are very happy as they regained some freedom and they maybe think they are still summer holidaying... Hubby seems happy as the work pace here is much more relaxed than it was in Tokyo. Husband and kids come home every day for lunch, kids finish school at 15h05 and are back home by 15h30. There is a family life after school & work, which is good. There is time to tend to your vegetable patch, pursue a hobby and eat dinner all together. You go to bed early and go to work early too. 

There is always something going on: an art show, the open air cinema in Summer, a public event, a village fiesta, a seasonal celebration, a wedding and there are definitely a lot of activities for the kids. Children are very active here: they are walking to school and back home (4 times a day), going to the "gym du soir" on Monday, playing outside together, going for walks in the forest with their classes etc... That would tire out anyone, which maybe explains why Mathias needs an afternoon nap 😴whenever is not at school (on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)!

Below is a selection of my best photos taken over the past few weeks of the places we live in or visit often - including my Grand-Ma's house where there are always flowers and a cake awaiting us. In case you are wondering, he cat is my sister's and its name is Arthur.