Meet Artist Genevieve Santos of Le Petit Elefant

Illustrator Genevieve Santos is a kid-at-heart! We took a moment to chat with the woman behind the adorable images… care to join us?

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a sweet love note courtesy of Le Petit Elefant

Genevieve has been drawing for as long as she can remember, hoping one day to become a professional animator for Disney. Her work is charming and sweet, certain to elicit an audible “awwww” from anyone who sees it!

Young Genevieve making friends at Disney. Photo courtesy of Le Petit Elefant.
Young Genevieve making friends at Disney. Photo courtesy of Le Petit Elefant.

She started young. At the tender age of 5, she started taping her favorite cartoons, studying each shot frame-by-frame. In all likelihood “ it made me the worst 5-year-old to watch cartoons with,” said Genevieve. But, it was during this phase that her passion for drawing really took off.

One of Genevieve's drawings from her video-tape days. Image courtesy Le Petit Elefant.
One of Genevieve’s drawings from her video taping days. Image courtesy Le Petit Elefant.

Genevieve attended the University of Southern California with a major in Communication and minor in Animation. After college, she worked for New Line Cinema in creative advertising.

Is this just charming or what? Card available on Paperwoven.
Is this just charming or what? Card available on Paperwoven.

She began  her own business in 2009, and called it Le Petit Elefant. “Le Petit Elefant” is a combination of two things she love: elephants and the book “The Little Prince” or “Le Petit Prince” in French. She mainly focuses on charming greeting cards and  illustrations “…to awaken the kid in all of us”.  Her goal in beginning Le Petit Elefant was to what she loves: get lost in the world and express it through art. Sounds like a great goal to us, and she sure has achieved it!

Holiday fun! Card available through Paperwoven.
Holiday fun! Card available through Paperwoven.

Santos likes, make that LOVES  to travel and has been to 31 countries. She collects stories and various materials to use for her art. “Travelling is the best way to remove myself from the computer and the day-to-day grind of my business, and solely focus on drawing for me,” said Genevieve. She finds it to be her one true inspiration.

Yes you are! Card available through Paperwoven.
Yes you are! Card available through Paperwoven.

 

Ms. Petit Elefant’s advice to aspiring artists:

“My advice to aspiring artists—and this is a bit borrowed from Neil Gaiman—is to learn how other people became successful, know their stories, see what roads they took, what classes they enrolled in, and then forget it. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to the success of others and think, gosh, I’ll never get there. But you will and you’ll find your own unique way of getting there. You’ll also probably find a pattern in everyone’s story: long hours, discipline, and an unshakable drive. There’s no mystery, magic bullet for becoming a successful artist, it’s just a lot of hard work.”

Sweethearts swinging! Card available through Paperwoven.
Sweethearts swinging! Card available through Paperwoven.

 

A big thank you to Genevieve for yourr time and best of luck in all of your Le Petit Elefant endeavors!


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Learn more about Le Petit Elefant here:

http://www.genevievesantos.com

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Meet Artist Genevieve Santos of Le Petit Elefant

Artist Profile: Amy Sia

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image provided by Amy Sia

Paperwoven is delighted to have artist Amy Sia share her insights on her creative passion and how she got started in her colorful career.

Originally from Australia, Amy is a fashion and textile print designer currently residing in London. Amy’s vast collection of beautiful, lively prints could be found on iphone cases, pillow cushions and scarves.

What is your background?

“My background is fashion design. I studied at RMIT University and then worked in the fashion industry in Melbourne, Australia for a few years. I moved to London about four years ago and switched careers.”

How did you get into designing textiles?

“I had always loved painting, drawing and designing prints. I studied at RMIT University and then worked in the fashion industry in Melbourne for a few years. I moved to London about four years ago and I switched careers. I started interning and freelancing for print studios in London and this led to licensing my work and also creating my own line of accessories and homewares. “

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 What inspires you?

“I love looking at the beautiful creations of the natural world. I incorporate my experiences in art, design and fashion into my design. I’m also inspired by the randomness of the materials I use, sometimes the accidental things work out best.”

Amy's work on Paperwoven cards
Amy’s work for Paperwoven 

What media do you use to create your art?

“I use a lot of inks, watercolors and dyes. My favorites are the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Watercolors. They are amazing!”

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

“Remember that when people reject your work, it is not personal or a reflection of your self worth. Rejection is something some of the most talented artists ever have had to deal with.”

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 Thanks for chatting, Amy! We love your colorful work!

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Website: http://www.amy-sia.com/

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Artist Profile: Amy Sia

February Spotlight: Matthew Hoffman & You Are Beautiful

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Have you ever stumbled across a simple sticker with the words “you are beautiful” and wondered about the story behind it? Search #YABSTICKER on social media and you’ll find a multitude of images being shared by users from across the globe. So, it begs the question, who’s behind this engaging concept?

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Founded in Chicago by Matthew Hoffman in 2002, YAB started with a run of 100 stickers with 3 simple words: “you are beautiful”. Today, Hoffman has sold more than two million stickers worldwide and there’s no sign of him stopping anytime soon.


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Beyond the famous YAB sticker, Hoffman is a Chicago-based artist and designer. His past projects include Lake Shore Drive (Jan 2014),  Let’s Be Human (Jan 2014), and Go For It (Aug 2014). His work has a very humanistic quality that really speaks to people.

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Hoffman has been published in a number of books by Gestalten, Droog and Taschen and featured in a segment on the Oprah Network. He was also recently recognized in the New City’s Top 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2014 (March 2014), and was awarded Best Established Artist in the Chicago Reader’s public poll (June 2014). We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

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Learn more about Matthew Hoffman and You Are Beautiful here:

Websites:  http://www.heyitsmatthew.com/  | http://you-are-beautiful.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/heyitsmatthew  |  http://instagram.com/yabsticker

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February Spotlight: Matthew Hoffman & You Are Beautiful