A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in an introductory bookbinding workshop with Les Artisans. Surrounded by a group of women of different levels in the field of manual work, we had a very fun time creating, with our own hands, an original personalised notebook.
“Les Artisans” was founded by Aude Augais, a beautiful woman with a mix of curiosity, know-how and sensitivity. Passionate about the arts, Aude organizes meetings between artisans and amateurs, curious to discover a rich universe of passion and creation. Today, “Les Artisans” experienced craftsmen and craftswomen offer several introductory workshops, open to all.
Nothing is more rewarding than creating beautiful objects with your own hands! I enjoyed the bookbinding workshop so much that I wanted to participate in other workshops. So I signed up with my mother and daughter, at a jewelry workshop, in order to make a ring. It was an amazing 2 and a half hours: soldering, polishing and handling the triboulet, to create our very own rings.
Good News: Discover more about Aude and Les Artisans then you can also enter to win an atelier of your choice if you happen to be in Paris. (more info on the contest at the end of the article).
Are you a Mom?
I am a mother to four children from ages 2 years old to 10 years old!
What are the ups and downs of being a Mom?
I love watching and observing my children. I never get tired of seeing them blossom and grow. I like having my children one by one in order to create a privileged relationship. On the other hand, I sometimes have little patience, and my kids make me lose it very quickly. It requires a lot of energy in order to manage their arguments without really knowing who is right!
What inspires or motivates you?
Preserving my family life is my first motivation because time goes by too fast to let the years go by without having control over what makes the most sense. I also like to think that what I do is my own choice, and so I try to do the best I can.
I am inspired by projects that make sense. My driving force today is to be able to promote craftsmanship, a subject which is dear to my heart, by creating initiation workshops with craftsmen that can be accessible to amateurs. Whatever the outcome of the project, I am happy to have participated in making these connections.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration when meeting with people who open new perceptions of things. I am also fortunate to have a husband who is an entrepreneur and who encourages and helps me to realise my projects.
How/Why did you create Les Artisans? Where does the name come from?
I created Les Artisans during a pivotal moment in our lives. It was when we had our fourth (and last!) child and were traveling for a year with the family. It gave me the perspective of starting a project that was important to me rather than taking over my job at the bank, which I enjoyed, but it didn’t respond to my desire to create a project that made more personal sense.
The name “Les Artisans” refers to the actors who participate in promoting crafts: artisans themselves who are driven by the idea of passing on their know-how but also the amateurs who participate in the workshops.
What are your future goals for Les Artisans?
I would like that Les Artisans becomes a reference in the initiation to a large number of artistic disciplines. I hope that the projects that we are preparing with the craftsmen and the pedagogy that we are putting in place can arouse the curiosity of the general public and even stimulate their desires to convert or do other things in life.
Do you have advice for parents that would like to discover Les Artisans?
I regret that I wasn’t aware of art disciplines during my school career. This is why I want every workshop to be animated by a professional craftsman to enrich the exchange, to introduce artisans to children and teenagers who are beginning to wonder about their professional future. My advice, or rather my wish for parents is that their children have the opportunity to be exposed to professions with passion. And for the parents themselves, they can also discover this rich world of creativity!
What unique experience can you recommend to parents and their children?
A great experience would be to share a workshop at Les Artisans with their child!
Talk about a craftsman (or 2 or 3 or 4) in particular …
It’s hard to talk about a craftsman without talking about others! They have this common point to be passionate because they do jobs that require courage and a lot of work. They have a will that drives them to innovate to distinguish themselves, to create new markets, and also to be experienced business leaders because they have often created their own structure and to live, it is not enough to manufacture, it is also necessary to sell! They each have a rich and unique journey, which I describe in the portraits I write on the site.
Your must-have for the entire family or for yourself?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of good advice to give, except recently, I wanted to discover the brand Oh my cream which I’ve heard so much about!
What are your favorite spots to recommend in Paris for parents? for kids?
We rarely stay in Paris during the weekend because we have the chance to escape. When we stay in the city, the weeks go by so quickly that we have trouble getting away from home! However, as we live next to the Bois de Boulogne, I recommend the boat trip on the lake, or just a walk with the family in the woods!
FREE GIVEAWAY: If you are interested in Les Artisans and happen to be in or around Paris, Yoyo Mom would like to offer you the chance to partake in a workshop of your choice. To do so, simply complete the form below. You have until Friday, October 5th, 2018 to participate. (Do not hesitate to visit his site here to find inspiration.)
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