Meet Our Designers

We’re delighted to introduce Marie, the designer behind the super label  Au Sud du Nord 
 

If you were to ‘tweet’ your business (140 characters), how would you describe it ?

I create unique and ethnic sleepbags for baby and toddlers, inspired by colors and patterns of historic and traditional dresses of Asia and Africa.

 

How did you come up with the idea of launching your business?

Since I was a small girl, I needed to create. I discovered 3 years ago that I need to try to live my passion. I want to show my kids we must find our way and that we all have a talent and once we find it we must keep it !

 

When designing a new collection where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from beautiful books (ethnic dresses and history costumes), from design books (for colors and patterns), and from the internet (beautiful graphic and illustration blogs and sites). My imagination does the rest !

 

Which of your products are you most proud of, and why?

* 2 years ago I created a customised sleepbag for a mother. She just told me some words : “green and pink, antilope, baby and adenium” (a beautiful desert plant). I really like the design I created and colour palette.

 

* In my first collection “Bao’bab”, 4 years ago, I created African patterns and colors, and I’m very proud of one on my elephant baby series : a raspberry double-sided felt and a wax (african) fabric.

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Do you have a good work / life balance ?

I’m working on it everyday…!

 

I’m a “home-mum-worker” : I write books (about kids creativity), I create unique sleepbags, I study (distance learning : I go back to school to learn pedagogy and creativity) and I am the mother of 2 little kids (a 6 year old boy and an almost 5 year old girl). And I have 3 blogs… So, I decided to make choices in my life : I do not iron ! 🙂

 

We don’t have television at home, so in the evening I have the time to draw new designs, to read, to write and sometimes to sew.

 

Unfortunately, we have a very small house, and 3 rooms : since my kids are in their own room, I no longer have craft room … Everytime I sew, I need to immediately tidy up ! I’m dreaming of looking at the beautiful sewing room on Pinterest !

 

 

Do you have a motto or quote you love to use?

Yes ! “Stop procrastinating, and do it !”

 

Seriously, there is so many things I want to do and create, and life is so short…

 

 

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

For me : fly in space

For my family : build a time-travel machine (great way to travel !)

For humanity : develop a humanistic and child-centered education which will change awareness

 

 

What is the best advice you have ever given or received?

“Try, don’t begin to think about failure”. I understand our kids are mostly influenced by what we “are” than what we do or what we say. They need to have and see passionate and creative parents !

 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I think it would be in Quebec, in a wooden house, between a lake and a big forest. And I’d like to have a small house in Chang Maï (Thaïland) and an over-water bungalow renting-for-life in Bora Bora, just for holidays

 

What makes you smile?

* When my 6 years old boy (who is fond of dinosaurs, astronomy and human body) is thinking about the tooth fairy (in France, it’s a “mouse tooth” !) and about who or what bring Easter eggs in our garden : this year, he was sure it was him : it’s a very small airplane, dropping eggs in the grass ! And his sister heard an airplane engine, obviously…

 

* My husband’s humour : he makes me laugh !

 

* A very cute manga : a kitten named Chi (Konami Kanata).

 

* When my cat (Mushi) is snoring and hum… don’t tell anyone !  Funny cats video compilations on youtube … I think I definitively love cats !

 

 

Do you have a favorite gift for friends and if so what is it?

No, I always choose my gift based on the person. And when I can : handmade gifts !

 

Which is your favorite item on Babatude Boutique ?

I really like the felt globe made by Jane Talbot.

 

What’s the one item you couldn’t do without on a desert island ?

For life : internet…

For holidays or a short time : nothing !

 

Please ask a question for the next featured artist to answer 

With which music do you like to create ?

 

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As part of our new blog, we are going to be ‘meeting’ our fantastic designers and finding out more about the person behind the brand … !

 

We’re delighted to introduce the lovely Max Pharoah 
                                                 

 

If you were to ‘tweet’ your business (140 characters), how would you describe it ?

Colourful and quirky personalised mirrors, clocks, chalkboards and cushions for children.

 

How did you come up with the idea of launching your business?

I used to design fashion fabrics for clients in America and Japan, but decided I wanted to make and design products to sell in the the U.K.

 

When designing a new collection where do you get your inspiration from?

I seem to get inspiration from everywhere, an inquisitive bird, a daft dog or simply inspiring colour combinations!

 

Which of your products are you most proud of, and why?

Having a background in textiles I particularly like my handmade cushions.

 


                      

  

Do you have a good work / life balance ?

I think I have a great work life balance, when the children are at school I walk to my lovely studio in the beautiful seaside town of St. Ives, Cornwall, looking at the changing colour of the sea, it’s different everyday!

 

Do you have a motto or quote you love to use?

Let’s make a list!

 

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

To say no to that extra piece of coffee and walnut cake!

 

What is the best advice you have ever given or received?

Always thank your lucky stars and enjoy the view.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

We moved to Cornwall about 3 years ago and I can honestly say I cannot imagine living anywhere else.

 

What makes you smile?

When our Scottish terrier talks to me, really he does, unfortunately I don’t understand him.

 

Do you have a favorite gift for friends and if so what is it?

Always something handmade with love.

 

Which is your favorite item on Babatude Boutique ?

I love the Baby’s original hand and foot print stamp by Utele to Anyu, what a lovely thing to have.

 

Please ask a question for the next featured artist to answer !

What’s the one luxury you couldn’t do with out on your desert island?

 

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