December 22, 2008

La Pomme



Artist:
Apol Lejano-Massebieau

Location:
Aigues Mortes, southwest France

Web site: La Pomme, La Pomme Stories

Blog: La Pomme


What do you create?
The tag line for my first shop, La Pomme, is “toys for kids big and small.” I’m a toy-maker, making plush products out of fabrics. I have a weakness for linen, white cotton, and gingham. If you’re wondering what toys for big kids are, that would be soft sculptures, like my swans and my white fruits. I also have these things called Boxed Universes, which are teeny-tiny dioramas that I make inside tin cans or matchboxes.


How did you come up with your business name?

From my first name. I was originally called “Apple,” but for some reason at 18 I thought that that was too cloyingly sweet and changed the spelling to what it is now. I live in France and speak French 90-percent of the time, so I called my shop “La Pomme,” which is French for “The Apple.”




When and why did you decide to start your business?
This may not seem like the most professional of responses, but the truth is that I just fell in love with Etsy and wanted to be part of it. I signed up in October 2006, started really loving the site in early 2007, and by around July or August of 2007, I had set up shop.


Where do you get your inspiration for your projects?
This is a question I always find hard to answer. I don’t really know, they just come like a light bulbs turning on in my head, in the form of either a line for a story—and from that I’d create a handmade fairytale book for my bookshop—or as an image. Just the day before yesterday, this very clear image of two white cocoons hanging from a branch popped into my head, and since last night I’ve been working on transforming that into a soft sculpture using crochet.




Which of the tools you use is your favorite?
My old reliable Singer Starlet from the 1970s, with kitschy orange and yellow flowers decorating the top panel!


What keeps you motivated?
The work itself. The making of these objects give me a lot of happiness.




What would be a dream project that you’d love to work on?
A show where I’d be allowed to create a forest. It would be all in white cotton and white thread. I’d make four-legged creatures and birds. I’d crochet spider webs and white moss. There would be blades of grass made from embroidery floss. It would look absolutely magnificently ethereal!


What advice would you give to someone starting a creative business?
Have focus. I said this already in a past interview but I think it’s worth repeating here: You have to learn to control your creative exuberance and not go off in too many directions all at one. Ask yourself what your main product line or service is, and stick to that. For a while, at least. As you grow, you can branch out, but still I think it is important to have it clear in your head what you and your business are about exactly.




What's the most important thing you'd like people to know/understand about your work?
My quick goal is to make people smile. My deeper intent is for my works to help them let their imagination run free for a while.


What has been the most important lesson you've learned while running your business?
To take a break. You’ll be producing really crappy work if you’re running on empty.




If you had the time, what new craft/medium would you like to learn or use?
I’d love to have the time to learn to hand-print on fabric.


What's your definition of a perfect day?
Lots of good work done, lots of cuddling given and taken, and very good food in between!

Thank you Apol!

59 comments:

EBD said...

I...LOVE...your...blog!

chimerastone said...

There are some useful words of wisdom in this post. I know from experience especially working on long project it can really drain you. I'm hoping to set up an Etsy shop and sell my hand crafted items but at the moment it is becoming increasing difficult to do things I want which is creating works of art and less time wasting away at work. Handmade item is better than something mass produced because it's made with love. Sometimes it's very hard to find to energy to make stuff especially coming home tired.

Joy Alyssa said...

Oh, I love the swans. I should make those in glass.... Great inspiration!

ArtMind said...

There is only one way to describe LaPomme: L O V E !
Her work is unique and inspirational.
What a supersweet interview. :)

creationsbyeve said...

Lovely feature!Lapomme's creations are wonderful!

ingermaaike said...

I love all her works and thank you very much for featuring her here!

kraplap said...

lovely interview of a great artist !

Sierra Night Tide said...

I love your apples! Adorable!

DICKJ7 said...

THESE ARE REALLY BEAUTIFUL HOME DECOR IDEAS AND PRODUCTS.

Lrc said...

I find your work delightful and joyous...it reminds me of Michel Gondry's sensibility. Your tips on focus make sense,but that's just what i'm struggling with what with being new.

Arctida said...

Yay! Go LaPomme :) Wonderful feature/interview and I just love your blog!

ruzzlan2312 said...

What a Collection by Shapes and Colour ; Art is almost Everything ! ... Inspiring and Wonderful Blog.

koncoe said...

Wonderful feature/interview ...have a nice day

The villager: said...

Lovely site.

Well done !

lili11 said...

congrats on blog of note. Nice crafts...

Emjie said...

How gorgeous! I am keeping an eye on this one.

Natalie said...

Your swans are gorgeous :)

JOSEPH GELB said...

that last thing is crazy with trees made of like picnic cloth!

AUTHOR said...

THIS IS IS THE FIRST TIME I VISITED YOU BLOG AND AM GLAD I DID. YOU SAID IT WRITE IT CERTAINLY INSPIRES. THANKS A LOT.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Clich Here said...

very nice

Lisa PN said...

Thanks so much for sharing la pomme with us! it's so beautiful and i look forward to exploring her blog more!

I hope that you have a wonderful holiday!

Nicolas said...

very nice!

jmetke said...

Oh my that artwork is magnifacent.Is it all made out of reciclabuls?

Cecile Koop said...

I loved the advice about having focus. I'm totally off in all directions. I need to find a focus that will keep me creatively entertained. Also, I love the apples!

RaTTa said...

OMG! Amazing artwork...Kisses!
Happy Holidays!!

"Pasate por mi blog"!

Facundo!

Suzette West, RECS, EBA said...

All of these pieces are very beautiful and they have that "down home" kind of feel. I really love that. Nothing touches my heart more than grassroots art and enterprise.

GiDu said...

Great Blog! I love all of these items you featured on this post! I think the rectangular pillows with the dragonflies are so adorable!

Anonymous said...

Whoa, looks really great. Nice work!

ridhoyp said...

whoah.. so cute.. love it. may i have one? pliz.. send to indonesia ^ ^

ZaHaN @Namo37 said...

Hi,nice visit.Congrats on blog of notes!

Filipina Chick said...

Loooove these!! so sweet, innocent, with a bit of country. One word: darling. Oh, I wish I could have some of these someday. :D

Eyom said...

Noteworthy! Keep up the great work!!!
Happy Holidays!

Day Dreamer said...

hi,

this is my first time visit ya blog. i found that is an interesting one, and you did it well, especially the toys.

for me, u are very creative woman n u know how to use your talent n skill by doing what u did now.

keep a good work!

- me -
from Malaysia

AnaIsa said...

Hi! Your blog is great... an inspiration. So many talented people around the world! keep up the good work! Portuguese Hug!
AnaIsa

R2K said...

: )

theruminativestonemason said...

I like the way you get to the particulars: the artist who keeps motivated because "the making of objects gives me happiness."
I have an old Mongomery-Ward Round Bobbin Model 188 sewing machine which I use occasionally for projects like making a canvas case for my chisels. I can identify.
Keep up the good writing.

Centrumatv said...

Nice blog :)

Sabiq said...

good idea.. :D
nice blog...nice to meet you..and have a nice day.. :D

Battina68 said...

Hi,

I just wanted you to know that I am linking to your blog. I just started my first blog two days ago and you're my first link! I make handcrafted jewelry and have some of my items on Etsy. You have a wonderful blog and those that you interview are very inspiring. Look forward to reading your upcoming posts.

Happy Holidays!

lisa said...

I love to see how many artists you showcase. How do you find them?

Beenznrice Illustration and Graphic Design said...

i love how whimsical your style is.

Michelle said...

Beautiful work!

hepsusluydum said...

Happy new year..Zehr@

Rain said...

I am loving the little teacup at the end of this post, along with the apples! Handmade always beats factory made and your craft is simply gorgeous.

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The Bohemian said...

How precious! I am always on the lookout for fun, whimsical, and creative gifts. And here they are, all compiled! I'm so excited!

tumbleweed said...

wandered in having found you as a blog-of-note...and it was good reading, thanks!

Elisha @ RE/MAX said...

I love the photograpy in this blog!! Magnificent!

Cheers

Encyclopedia said...

nice blog, keep blogging

Cicada Studio said...

Nice interview- glad to be catching up with your blog!

Sabrina said...

The projects featured here are beautiful!! I have thought about getting involved in etsy but can't decide what to make :). This interview was very inspiring-thank you for sharing!!!

Holly said...

Such good advice from Apol. I am guilty of trying to dabble in too many different projects! I am really working on focusing and defining what I want my work to be, and to say. Thank you for your work in gathering these words of wisdom and wonderful projects from amazing artists!

natasha said...

i have been loving this stuff for ages! gorgeous.

ameninabrinca said...

Wow, it is wonderful to see La Pomme being featured here! Congrats! Her work is just beautiful.

patchwork underground said...

lovely! i'm glad i'm not the only one who starts "running on empty"...taking a break is a wonderful idea to refresh your creativity and take the pressure off. thanks for a great interview!

Stacey said...

Just found your blog, wow, what a collection of beauty and talent. I will definitely be back often to read more.

Steve Ballmer said...

... enjoying your blog!

Jaz said...

I love your craft work. It's so adorable and unique. Best of all, I like dragon flies. Where do you get your ideas from? I have to admit, you have quite an imagination.

trompyx said...

really good!

Vinita said...

Very creative. had a time time viewing them. especially those apples and swans, yeah they do make toys for older kids too.