May 18, 2012
I haven't posted one of these in months! But now that I'm focusing on all things Flowers in May, I really wanted to start it up again.
This week I sat down with Gèraldine Adams. She is a French illustrator living in San Jose, California.
She has a huge passion for culture through food, language and architecture. Her dad, a French chef inspired her love of recipes and cooking.
Naturally, many of her illustrations are about cooking, recipes and kitchjen conversations. I fell in
love with her unique hand illustrated style instantly. Maybe because it slightly reminded me or
how I arrange my illustrations. Needless to say, her work is a pleasure
Check out Gèraldine's Q&A to see what's inspiring her lately.
Flowers in May: What's currently in your iPod?
Gèraldine: Ipod? What’s that? :) I listen to music on my streaming radio all day long in my studio.
I like Jazz from the 30s and talk shows from French radio stations, so I stay in touch with what’s
going on there and history shows as well.
FIM: What are some "Things You Dig"?
G: I dig a lot of handmade things!
FIM: Where would we find you on a Sunday morning?
G: There are two places where you can find me: the farmers’ market or in my kitchen! I love
to buy seasonal organic products and plants from local vendors. I like to walk around, smell
the flowers, and look at the various vegetables and pretty fruits. If I’m not there, then I’m in
my homey kitchen, baking tarts or whipping up macaroons.
FIM: What artists/crafters/bloggers are you following?
G: I like Martha Stewart for her incredible variety of crafts and cooking creativity doubled with organization skills, gardening tips and a never ending list of other things!
Rena Tom is an incredibly talented woman, creative entrepreneur, who offers consulting to
independent crafters and doers. Many of them contribute to the articles of the blog, full of
tips and insights for small business entrepreneurs.
Design*Sponge is all about design with DYI projects, tips for entrepreneurs, a selection of unique products and much more!
FIM: Name three items you can't live without
G: Without hesitation, my kitchenAid Stand Mixer!
My Artline Drawing Pens to draw everything, anywhere, anytime.
My Moleskine notebook. I like the large plain one with the pocket. I can sketch on it, track some thoughts, and quickly write down some ideas in it.
FIM: What would we find in your studio?
G: I’m lucky to have a studio now. The space is really bright and sunny. I have installed my white
desks in an angle near the window. One table has the computer, screen, drawing tablet and printer
on it. The other one is simply empty and ready for my next creative endeavor! That way, I can write, draw, print, start a crafting project. I also have many shelves to store all my supplies and inventory.
FIM: What's inspiring you lately?
G: I’m in sweet tooth mode right now! With spring and summer coming, I started the
fruits collection art print
I’m also working on a Parisian macaroon recipe, but it’s a secret!
FIM: What are your favorite San Jose hot spots?
G: Downtown Willow Glen is a very nice neighborhood with small independent boutiques
selling kitchen stuff, art, antiques, vintage items and fashion.
FIM: You've invited me to dinner. What are we having?
G: Definitely, you’ll have Parisian macaroons!
FIM: What's your favorite quote?
G: “La vie est belle!" (Life is beautiful!)