Et voilà! My first two weeks in Blaye.

14 days have passed since I arrived here in Southwest France at Emilie Baudrais‘ studio Babylon Mosaic. And time flies by.

It was last December that the young artist opened her studio here in Blaye after two months of restoration together with family and friends. For me, working here feels like run riot creatively on a huge mosaic playground. In her spacious studio, I find an incredible selection of material, give courses for children and adults, work on commissions Emilie receives and help out making mosaic jewelry. During all these activities, I learn a lot from the bustling French woman who fully dedicates herself to her passion. At the moment, Emilie works on twelve mosaics for a Sardinian church.

Sometimes I find myself thinking how beautiful certain encounters can be. I met Emilie two years ago thanks to an Italian friend of mine. At that time I would never have expected to find myself working in her studio. I am so grateful to make all these experiences. Especially since my daily work here shows me how great it is to turn my passion into profession.

Oh, I didn’t even mention the great scenery Emilie has chosen for her studio: The Citadel in Blaye which is a former military complex is not only a historical site. But also a place of creative activity. The resident artisans work with iron, ceramics, glass, vintage fashion, leather and more. And collaborate with each other on many projects. Everything here seems so very French to me: Little cafes with crepes, fresh fish and wine, flowers that climb up old murals…

My summer in this small village on the banks of the Gironde, 60 kilometers from Bordeaux, with its vineyards and chateaus, promises to be eventful. I will report about my projects here in detail.

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