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Nov 12 2013

Shop Spotlight The French Kiosk

Shop Spotlight The French Kiosk

 

shop spotlight image Katherines cornerBonjour bloggy friends,Today’s’ spotlight is shining brightly on Catherine from the French Kisosk. She is a skillful and artful photographer who sells her Fine Art Photography and Vintage French Treasures in her etsy shop aptly named The French Kiosk. Catherine named her shop to represent her love of the classic green kiosks on the Paris riverbanks and she strives to convey that sense of timelessness, simplicity and cultural authenticity.

 

 

the french kiosk Welcome to Katherines Corner Catherine, ( great name by the way) your shop is lovely and the photos remind me of my time spent in France

Catherine-Goron I felt it was time to start the business I’d always thought about. Also, opening up an online shop is an ideal way for me to further contribute to my family both financially and creatively. It illustrates to my boys what I’ve always believed (but lacked the courage to do) – and that is to have faith in yourself and pursue the thing that stirs within you, the thing you feel compelled to do. You are a very skilled photographer, how long have you been creating art through photography? I have loved photography ever since my teens, when I first entered a darkroom and realized photographs were much more than images. Each tells a story and invites us to look more deeply at all the beautiful details that surround us. I’ve been shooting ever since (though I’ve traded film and chemicals for a DSLR). My husband and I put together a studio in our loft space where one side is used for my shop and the other for his and my older son’s music studio…sometimes I get to work with live music playing in the

background :-)

 

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Because I also love papeterie, I’ve been designing my own cards and gift tags (for holidays, birthdays, etc) for over 15 years now, mainly because I couldn’t find simple photo cards and I loved the idea of creating my own.

    I wanted to make and share products that I created for my family and friends. I concentrate on what I know, what brings me joy and I can do well. This is why I focus on France and French culture to drive most of what I create for the shop. I’ve had a long time affection for France, and its history and culture have always been a great source of inspiration for me. Now being married to a Frenchman allows me to experience the culture intimately and travel to France often.

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Catherine says, “what I love to do can delight (and perhaps inspire) someone else.”

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  What is your creative style/process?  I pull a lot of inspiration from the visual and emotional world around me. That includes magazines and photo books, but I also draw from the emotions that flood a particular moment or scene. Born with incurable nostalgia, I’ve learned to finally embrace it and allow it to inspire me and wash over all my work.

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Catherine shared that she learned to perfect her craft through a combination of photography courses, design classes, workshops and DIY.  But we all know it is the artful eye of the photographer that truly brings the photo to life. She has mastered the ability to capture the art all around us beautifully.

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 Catherine I find I am most creative in the mornings. When do you feel most creative? Mornings are when I’m most alert and creative… and every now and then, an idea sparks in the middle of the night when I can’t fall back asleep. But as a busy mom, I have been learning to put myself in a creative place whenever I can because my alone time is so limited. I think this is part of the maturity/learning process needed when going from creating as a hobby and creating as a shop owner… Taking pictures will always remain on the top of my list, but I also love an evening with a good book, picnics with my family, roaming through local and faraway markets, and movie nights with my husband.

 

You seem to have found a nice balance between home and work. :-)

lavender The business and marketing side of the shop is challenging and clearly less intuitive than making the products. I’m constantly trying to balance working on the shop and taking care of my clan of three big and little men…I just opened a few months ago, so everything is still pretty new to me… But what I quickly learned is to stay positive and focused and remember why I opened the shop. I also learned to do things one step at the time and be iterative rather than trying to do everything all at once and get everything right the first time – that can get very frustrating…. We live in a great era when we can make and share anything with the world in a single click. The challenge, however, is to find the right tools, processes and channels to find a voice and share our vision of the world in what became a tsunami of information. Etsy is giving creative people a way to do that, it’s a platform to give a human voice & face to the global market. In a time when faceless commercial giants are seamlessly taking over, it is almost our duty to give people a choice; an alternative that will preserve our commercial freedom while keeping our interaction with our expanding world meaningful, human and beautiful. I feel fortunate to be part of this revolution and call on each one of you to join this exhilarating experience Thank you for reading and to those who supported my efforts – including dearest Katherine for this post! I just came back from France and am adding new photographs to the shop, hope to see you there :)

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Merci beaucoup ami, It has been a pleasure shining the light on your shop today.

I hope you all are enjoying this series of featured Independent Artists and Crafters. I encourage you to connect with Catherine.

at her blog on pinterest , twitter and Instagram too.

If you have a shop you would like in the spotlight please contact me regarding the details.my blog signature new

See you at the Thursday Favorite Things hop!

Enter to win a little Christmas cash to spend at one of the wonderful shops I have spotlighted :-)

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  1. KizzyDoll

    Really super, I enjoyed this :) Hope you have a great Tuesday doll x

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you, I enjoy sharing these spotlights big Hugs!!!

  2. Lulu G (@lulug1975)

    What beautiful images. I love France!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    1. Katherines Corner

      she is very talented. I have fond memories of my time living in France ♥

  3. Janine Huldie

    Another great online shop spotlight and heading over now to see more of her products. Thanks again for sharing!! :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Always my pleasure to share . She really has some lovely things. xo

  4. Suzanne

    What a fabulous petit magasin! Je l’adore!

    A la prochaine.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    1. Katherines Corner

      C’est une belle boutique
      bisous

  5. Glenda Childers

    Such lovely work.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    1. Katherines Corner

      Glenda I love it when you stop by for a visit Hugs!

  6. Catherine

    Oh Katherine, thank you for putting a spotlight on my new shop and featuring independent artists like myself. It means the world to me, I appreciate it so so much – xo

    1. Katherines Corner

      Catherine the pleasure is mine. Your work belongs in the spotlight. xo

  7. Pam@over50feeling40

    Oh, I love this! She is very talented…you might like my post today about what I have learned from the French ladies. Happy 11-12-13

    1. Katherines Corner

      I enjoyed the post my friend and left a comment too xo

  8. Rosey

    Everything is beautiful, and I can relate to being most productive in the early morning!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Ah sweet friend, me too. I get started about 6 am and get the majority of my creative things completed by noon. Smooches!

  9. Marla Martenson

    This is just fantastic! I love this post.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you sweetie I love shining the light on Independent artists. xo

  10. Melissa

    I love her shop!
    Her photos are lovely!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hello sweet Melissa, I love her shop too. ♥

  11. Diane

    Hi lovely lady.
    I love coming over to your blog. She has some Beautiful photos. I well be joining your party tonight, have a great day.
    xxoo
    Diane

    1. Katherines Corner

      Ahhh sweet Diane, I love it when you visit. I look forward to seeing what you link up xox

  12. Sarah

    Beautiful Pictures!!! I am a new follower…would love if you could follow back if you get the chance.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hello Sarah, thank you for your blog friendship. Welcome to Katherines corner. I am following you . Hugs

  13. DeDivahDeals

    Oh boy, I read the title a bit too quickly and thought it said, “French Kiss” and I was like… “oh no she didn’t” – lol Time for bed – have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Katherines Corner

      you make me smile. xoxox

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