NINN APOULADAKI – Paper Artists & More

 Happy Easter!  This weekend we were in the Landes forests, in the southwest of France, near the famous surfing town of Biarritz. We had a family reunion called « La Mouna » with about 60 people from all generations. ✨ This tradition started some decades ago in the forests of Algeria from where his mother’s family originally comes from. They used to go on a picnic on Easter Day, to feast on La Mouna, a delicious local brioche. ✨ I always heard about it, since the last 9 years we’re together with Guillaume, as a great memory for every member of his family. There’s also a t-shirt hidden in our wardrobe, from the last Mouna in 2000, with a simple typography and the year written in a pale blue color on it. Guillaume loves that old t-shirt that he never wears, still, he will keep it forever! ✨ That was my first Mouna, and Uma’s too.3 days of a family whirl with people from all parts of France.60 people with their own stories, personalities, joining all together because of the value they all share together: the importance of the family. ✨ Guillaume cherishes family more than everything, and that’s a value he wants to pass on Uma, and of course share with me as much as he can. ✨ In some ways, it reminds me of my childhood and the happy times I had in Ukraine, with my mother’s family, during summer vacations. Visiting my grandparents, cousins, uncle, and aunt was always a delightful experience that I also cherish in my heart. Those times were rare, but it probably helped me to understand that life could be different from the experience I was living at home. ✨ I made the illustration for this year’s tee-shirt - it goes without saying that there was a deep symbolic meaning behind it for me to do it! ✨ We’re now heading back to Marseille with our hearts filled with beautiful and peaceful energies, remembering that we’re not alone: we have a big family we can count on. ✨ Do you have a tradition in your family you’d like to share with us? An old one or a current one! ✨ Paper flowers crafted out of a handmade paper.
 Imperfection ✨ it's no secret we are paper lovers here! ✨ We found this subtle tissue paper in Amsterdam 2 weeks ago. It's handmade in Japan with wildflowers. It has this imperfection that I love so much, something called the Wabi Sabi. ✨ Every sheet is different, every sheet tells its own story. ✨ Most of the time, when I fall in love with an artwork, you can be sure that it is made from a Japanese artist. I love their relationship with time, they spend hours and hours on a piece, precisely cultivating a certain kind of contemplation and giving to it that aspect that comes with the patina of time. Or giving it a soul if you prefer. ✨ I love imperfections, I dislike perfection. Aesthetically talking! On the other hand, I'm a real perfectionist with my work, not counting my time. What a paradox! I must have been a Japanese artist in a previous life! ✨ But I assure you I'm working on it! Perfectionism can be our worst enemy: it needs to to be used judiciously... ✨ Have you already heard about Wabi Sabi? We'll talk about it more in the coming posts!
 Creative retreats for 2020! ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are so excited to share that news with you! We decided to conceive creative retreats to invite you in a very beautiful experience into the depth of creativity. We are giving it a lot of love at the moment, to prepare something special and unique just for you! We can't tell you too much, so stay tuned in 2019 to learn more about it! ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 3 vegetals you see on that photo were some of the drafts i crafted out of paper for our first appointment with Chanel. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I enjoy thinking of that time as I was so motivated to succeed to work with them. I never did any of the things I showed them before: I challenged myself to try new things, to get out of my comfort zone. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why? because I wanted to surprise them with something different than they already saw. I wanted them to understand that I have no limits when it comes to the imagination and that I'm not controlled by the fear to fail. That would let them know that we could have a very prolific collaboration if that happened. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're lucky: it worked. We made the most challenging artwork for them and they let us all the freedom to express our creativity. It was such an exhilarating experience for us. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until I was about 17 years old, fear was a friend of mine. She controlled a lot of my choices, and so I made bad choices. After I left my family home, I slowly started to implement confidence in my life, or should I say confidence in life. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ it took me many years before I could finally express myself without feeling the fear of failure. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting rid of fears will be one on the topics we'll be discussing in our creative retreats, among many others. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What other kinds of topics would you be interested in? ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have a beautiful week-end! ❤️
 Ladybird ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have a little girl named Uma. She is a very curious and energetic baby, always looking around to do something, play with something, grab something, learning from something...Always moving! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But when it comes to our photo shoots, Uma suddenly enjoys staying still for many minutes, taking great care not to crush our paper creation, taking it into her tiny adorable hands and playing with it carefully. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is one of the things we love the most about our ladybug! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She loves paper for sure, and we're often wondering with Guillaume if she will enjoy playing with it later as much as we do! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ladybirds crafted out of paper.
 Seek beauty in everything ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you take the time to watch something beautiful today? What have you enjoyed watching? ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Look at this stunning book cover Guillaume crafted for us! It took him more than 10 hours to make it! ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We chose it because of its beauty of course, but also because of the message it reveals. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Part of living a creative life means seeking the beauty in everything, so we open our eyes to the beauty the world puts before us daily. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our consumerist culture keeps our hearts in a constant place of wanting and striving for more. But the abundance of Mother Earth's beauty is all around us. We just need to allow us to pause for a minute to appreciate the myriad of simple things surrounding us. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next time you see a particularly breath-taking sunrise or notice a swarm of birds flying in the sky, relish it. Let it sit in your thoughts for more than a second. Turn down your tv or iPhone and just watch. And whenever you go on vacation and have the opportunity to see some of life’s most extraordinary beauties—press pause on the touristy stuff for just half an hour just to cherish the beauty that surrounds you. breathe in the wonder. This is fuel for your creative mind! ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Look for beauty in the most unlikely places you can imagine, and that’s when you will see your creativity grow! ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We wish you all a day filled with beauty!