...being in San Francisco on a blue crisp Winter day. Yep this was about 6 years ago when Ophelia was 2 years old. San Francisco was our last stop on our World tour. We loved it and I really wish we can go back soon.
I wanted to show you some images of my creative process for designing the paper cut map of Amsterdam, our current home town - we moved to this beautiful city more than a year ago!
I am very excited to design this map of Amsterdam. This City has so much character. The architecture is stunning, the canals, the boats, the variety of bikes are so much fun to draw and to cut!
I usually start a map by doing a lot of visual research of the different part of the City: listing and sketching the tourist attractions, museums, parcs, streets, canals, and all the important landmarks.
I usually go out and takes photographs or take my notebook with me and do some sketches outside. I also use Google map and gather images online.
Then what I love most is drawing the inhabitants: sketching a man walking down the street holding a coffee cup while talking on the phone, a mother cycling with her 3 kids on her bike on the way to school, a woman walking her dog, locals eating herring at the Albert Cuyp market...
I usually fill in a large notebook with random sketches.
Only when I have gathered enough information and filled in a full sketchbook, I can start to draw the map on a large sheet of thin paper.
When drawing the map I have to make sure that all the lines interact with each other as the map will be cut out of a single sheet of paper.
I will later show you images of the cutting process as I haven't started yet :-)
We're kicking off the holiday season by offering 20% off everything on Famille Summerbelle website.
Don't forget to enter the coupon code 'HOLIDAYS' at checkout to activate the discount.
The promotion will start today Friday 28th November until Monday 1st December at midnight (UK time).
Here is a small selection of our discounted products:
Hand screen printed City maps: Paris, London, San Francisco and the World.
With 20% off discount, now at £36 instead of £45.
Imagine yourself cycling down the side of a canal on a crisp, sunny day, with the reflections of the picturesque architecture of the houses mirrored in the water. That image is the inspiration for our latest paper cut House Reflections.
This is a laser cut created from an intricate original paper cut that i've designed and it's available on Famille Summerbelle website!
Size: 44cm x 66cm
£55 | €69 | $86
We are so excited to be able to share with you what we have been working on over the past few months, our House Boxes!
Our pack of four colourful houses is a fantastic solution for storing all of your small objects in a stylish and fun way.
The House boxes come as a pack of four colours (pink, blue, black and mustard) and the design is featured on all sides, so you can keep turning and playing with combinations!
Featuring our familiar paper cut style design, these four house boxes are made from strong cardboard. Great solution for living rooms, bedrooms and offices.
The 4 houses are shipped as a flat pack in reinforced packaging.
They are incredibly straightforward to assemble, and can be dismantled and rebuilt as many times as you need!
We are very happy to have collaborated with the talented photograph and stylist Aurélie Lecuyer from Le dans La for this new collection. We have worked with her for our previous collections and it's always a pleasure to see her beautiful photos.
We've also had a little makeover at Famille Summerbelle. Check out our new website, with a clearer navigation, larger images and an easy way to look at our products.
As a fourth generation family-owned fine paper manufacturer in the US (since 1931), Mohawk believes in emphasising the importance of crafting beautiful, unique products by hand. They are supporting creatives, designers, manufacturers, artists, artisans, and all those who make their living as makers, through the Mohawk Maker Campaign.
For any paper lovers and creatives out there we are very proud to say that we use what we believe to be the finest paper made today: Mohawk Superfine. No other paper has the same reputation for quality, consistency and uniformity. The smooth white Superfine paper really makes the colours of our screen prints stand out so beautifully.
We are delighted to be featured on Felt & Wire, the inspiring blog of Mohawk celebrating the universe of paper, design and print.
I wanted to share with you some photos of the process of screen printing our World map:
All of the colours follow a Pantone reference but are mixed by hand and eye - which makes some serious experience. The paint is pushed through a squeegee (i love that word!) on to the silkscreen then onto the paper.
Each layer needs to be completely dry before applying the next.
Famille Summerbelle is very excited to be part of Patternsnap a newly launched application for iphones and ipads which helps you search, save and share a very large selection of wallpaper and interior fabric patterns. Choose a design and Patternsnap provides detailed samples of similar patterns then links you directly to the stockists and company website where you can purchase your favourite product.It is really fun to use and very useful for searching beautiful patterns (You will find the work of designers like Deborah Bowness, Louise Body, Abigail Edwards, Erika Wakerly, MissPrint, Timorous Beasties and many many more...)
I hope you all had a good week. For the weekend I wanted to share with you some images of our packaging we use to pack all our tea towels and cushion covers. It features Famille Summerbelle triangle patterns and has a nice fold at the back. Hope you like it!
I'm really looking forward to this weekend. At last it is getting warm and sunny in Amsterdam!
Hello, I hope you had a lovely weekend. We had friends from London staying with us so we took them on a cycle ride around Amsterdam. It was so warm and sunny we ended up having a bbq in the garden. Oh I love Spring an I can't wait for the Easter break in a couple of weeks to relax in the park...
Have you started your Easter decoration yet? I am preparing a little surprise for you next week so start to sharpen your scalpel and gather lots of colourful papers! To celebrate the build up to Easter we are offering 30% off our collection The Performers: mugs, trays, hand screen prints, tea towels and cushion. Enjoy shopping!
The 30% off reduction will appear on the checkout page.
We are very pleased to introduce our first A5 notebooks featuring Famille Summerbelle familiar World map and City map collection.
The notebooks are sold as a pack of 2 with plain white recycled paper.
We had fun shooting this short paper cut video introducing our notebooks: