This week's European creative showcase:
MADE BY ISA
Who: Isabelle at Made by iSa
Where: Rambouillet, France (south of Paris)
BVC: When did your passion for crafting begin?
Isabelle: Since childhood I've always been attracted by DIY and crafting. But clearly this passion accelerated when I became a student and needed to decorate and furnish my student room - and later my home. One of the DIY creations that was a starting point for me: a button curtain made ten years ago for my home ! Since then I've never stopped creating and learning creative technics in different areas to satisfy all my creative desires, from textile crafts to the recycling or repurposing of objects.
BVC: Do you have a day job?
Isabelle: I followed scientific studies (nobody is perfect ;-) !). I'm currently a homework teacher in mathematics. I coach students of differents ages (children, teenagers), some with handicaps. I love this job for its human aspect. What is also fun with this job is that it meets my passion for DIY: I sometimes organize creative workshops with my youngest students. DIY is definitely a good complimentary way to teach mathematics, geometry, logic, concentration, ...
clothing repurposed as notebook covers
BVC: Have you ever sold any of your crafts? If so, do you have any suggestions for other crafters who want to sell their creations?
Isabelle: I started to sell my textile crafts one year ago. I have direct sales (through a blog dedicated to my textile creations), I participate in exhibitions and I distribute in local shops. An Esty shop is also under development.
My first suggestion for other crafters who would like to sell their creations: to have a personal touch as much as possible, not to copy what everybody is doing !
BVC: How is the do-it-yourself (DIY) and crafting industry in France?
Isabelle: DIY is trendy in France. People want-need to personalize their home, clothes, ... They are proud to say: "I made it by myself ". The enthusiasm for DIY is also motivated by economical reasons or sometimes by ecological ones, and the recycling or repurposing of old objects being definitely trendy ! And society is so stressfull: people need to spend time in a pleasant way. To have hands busy, to do things by oneself is a good loophole!
Isabelle turned an old postcard rack into a photo gallery in her home
BVC: What is your 'dream craft' project?
Isabelle: In my dreams, I would like to have a collective craft room with other local crafters that would be a place for exhibiting ours crafts, sharing our ideas, meeting people, organizing DIY workshops for children in social or scolar difficulties, etc.
BVC: Can you share 3 other French craft blogs that you think our readers should see?
There are so many talented girls on the french blogosphere ! Too difficult to choose. So... it would be at least 4 blogs or nothing :-) !
The queen of embroidery !
Lovely bohemian creations and atmosphere!
So much poetry and sensitivity ! Each creation tells a story !
Trois fois Rien
Fabulous creations made up with small pieces of fabric, wood and wire !
BVC: Fill in the blank: If I were in Paris, I would ______________
Isabelle: have a walk along the "Canal Saint Martin". Such a romantic and soothing place ! I would sit on a bench and then I would take time, daydream, watch people on the street, imagine their life...perhaps find inspiration for new creations... and also visit some of the nice shops in the surrounding area.
Canal Saint Martin - Paris, France
BVC: Which of your own websites would you like our readers to visit?
My personal creative blog is Made by iSa.
Made by iSa Creations is my professional blog dedicated to textile creations.
And also, why not, my garden blog (I also have a passion for flowers and gardens!)
Merci beaucoup to Isabelle for sharing her time and talents with us all. What I love most are the little peeks at who she is as a creative person via the projects she created for her home. You might remember an inspirational collection of repurposed washing machine drum projects that I posted back in September. Isabelle's own washing machine drum repurposed as a side table was the inspiration for that post.
Isabelle's Made by iSa blog is in French, but if you scroll down the right column a bit, you'll see language options for English, Spanish, and Italian. And of course if you are using Google Chrome as your browser you'll get an instant option to translate the page (it's my favorite browser on a PC).
If you'd like to catch up with past interviews, check out:
Handmade by Kallaristi (Greece)
Annemarie's Haakblog (the Netherlands)
Now it's time for you to hop over to see who's been discovered in North America, Australia, or Asia.
Are you also in Europe and would like to be considered for an interview feature? Leave me a comment at the end of the post, or send an e-mail with your website/blog.
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Until next time...