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After hours of work, frustration, and nearly having a nervous break down i’m so proud to say that Fernand et Firmin is moving away. My new home is branded by myself and much more improved. Most of it is finished but some things will still change a bit, like the logo (i can’t figure out which one to pick and i’m waiting for help with the final choice).
But i honestly could’nt wait any longer so here it is the new Fernand et Firmin: 
https://fernandetfirmin.squarespace.com

After hours of work, frustration, and nearly having a nervous break down i’m so proud to say that Fernand et Firmin is moving away. My new home is branded by myself and much more improved. Most of it is finished but some things will still change a bit, like the logo (i can’t figure out which one to pick and i’m waiting for help with the final choice).

But i honestly could’nt wait any longer so here it is the new Fernand et Firmin

https://fernandetfirmin.squarespace.com

I spent the whole morning digging and messing up the house to find little treasures i’ve been collecting from everywhere since i am 2. I know lots of them will never have any purpose, and for ten years, those ones didn’t had any either, but lucky them, here is the day they come out of the closet. Those objects will be used for two different projects but with the same feeling. I’m looking forward to get started. 

I spent the whole morning digging and messing up the house to find little treasures i’ve been collecting from everywhere since i am 2. I know lots of them will never have any purpose, and for ten years, those ones didn’t had any either, but lucky them, here is the day they come out of the closet. Those objects will be used for two different projects but with the same feeling. I’m looking forward to get started. 

Those are bits of the scrapbooking project i’ve been working on since we came back from the United States. I not only wanted to have the photos printed, but i also wanted to make an object out of it. Developed photos are cool, but they often stay in their paper bag forever and finally get lost. 

Some pages of the photo album failed, mainly because of the glue that makes the paper all warped, but mainly, i’m proud of it and really happy i took the time to do it. I still have to develop one disposable camera where there is our last days in New York, i barely can wait. 

As i’m currently in a “crafty” period, i’m embarking on several other projects. I will let you know about it and will carry on the USA trip stories.

A quick and tasty summer recipe. Had fun designing the whole thing . Keep dry folks. 

A quick and tasty summer recipe. Had fun designing the whole thing . Keep dry folks. 

Lauren took us to the Russel Industrial Center which can look quite empty at first sight but is in fact full of art studios. Their, are working photographers, woodworkers, steelworkers, painters and … Adam. Adam is Lauren’s husband (since a few days now, youhou) and is a glass blower, who is starting his own glass blowing company called Juicebox. The studio opening was a few weeks ago, but unfortunately we were in Chicago  at that time and weren’t able to see it, but we had some crazy feedback so i guess it was really nice.  The whole building is such a cool place i’m looking forward to go back to Detroit to see the studio all set up !

Detroit’s Farmer’s Market and the area around it was quite an experience. Lauren’s friends, a couple and their baby girl, are part of what everybody keeps talking about in Paris : “the doers”. There, they were trying to give back to Detroit its “hip”. Their catchwords are Detroit Hustles Harder , and they put it everywhere, on t-shirt, lighters (we got our own), sweatshirts. They have a little boutique and upstairs is their print studio where all the apparels are from. We loved the dynamic of those people. And this sentence is so catchy they could save the city with it !

Then we went to see the food market, fresh products and authentic independent farmers. Barbecue smoke and smell everywhere, jazz super loud and home cooked take-away food everywhere . We discovered there, the Vernor’s , which is basically a ginger soda and absolutely fell in love with it .

Mexican town in Detroit was such a perfect experience. Lauren took us to eat the best mexican food i’ve ever tried in a really authentic restaurant. The architecture and the decoration made us think we were really in Mexico. Those pink walls and simple shapes, i would love to go one day. But it was the perfect way to have a small insight. And also, we made the coolest discover there, a mexican shop, with all things mexican from wooden parrots, to calaveras, to …. rugs . And yes, i brought one home. Yeay. 

The old train station in Detroit, represents the highest peak that reached the city, its climax regarding its wealth, its beauty, its health. And it also represents its fall. I personally think that ruins have something so beautiful that you just cannot look away, it has a special power, it kind of hypnotize, drag you inside. This train station was the first thing that Lauren wanted to show us. She was telling us about how they passed the grids and the wire with Adam to go explore the inside of the monster. Finding there a fallen kingdom of greatness. The wild has taken over his rights back but you can still see there, the beauty of what only mankind can achieve.

Yes, the tumblr was off for a long time. Well, first, we were in Detroit, Chicago and New York for three weeks. Tons of pictures and articles about it are going fall like hell as early as tomorrow, so get ready. And secondly, i was working on this project. The Archi Bar’s logo. Those are different options i’m currently working on. 

DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER

"Detroit Hustles Harder"

That’s a pretty good sentence . So full of hope and meaning. Sums up perfectly our day. Detroit is the Berlin of the United States. But instead of rich kids pretending to be poor, living the boho life just for an experiment, going to squats because it’s cool but having a trust fund on the side, waiting for them to come home; here it’s real. Everything is so real and sincere. People are really poor and struggling, this is not just a way of life.  And yet, i would move there immediately if i had the chance. Yes, the city is ruined and broke, yes it is not safe at all to walk their for a white / blond girl like me but really, those people, this atmosphere, this dynamic. They just want to live.

You want to see art, real art, just fuck the FIAC or any untouchable art fair like this, Detroit is where you need to be for art.

You’re interested in architecture, fuck Rotterdam and every big metal block you might be studying, you need to come here. These ruins are the most beautiful architecture i’ve ever seen. They make a magnificent scenery. Seeing that, and you will learn and admit that what you will build is totally ephemeral. Every feminine magazine would love to do a photo shooting there, and i would agree, but then they would go back to their fancy studios in the upper east side.

I don’t know… I’m a girl that likes nice stuff, nice meals, nice clothes, i’m not gonna lie. But this day, holy cow … i’m never going to forget. 


You know, it just changes the whole deal when you see an artist that dedicates himself to bringing hope and brightness into his neighbors life by changing the whole street into a museum. They call it the “Ghetto Gungenheim” so you can imagine. Let’s say, that the so called french artist that is working on the meaning of his presence on earth looks pretty dumb to me now.

- Photos will be there when i’m back from the trip to illustrate all of my talking.