The Massive and Destructive Power of Technology

The Massive and Destructive Power of Technology
Every morning, like many people, the first thing I used to do waking up, is checking my smartphone, placed next to my bed.
At first, it was unconscious, as many. I was not able to realise what I was doing. Then discovering that everyone was doing this around me, I thought: Wow, how come the first thing we do waking up is checking a screen with social media, and email? We just woke up, don’t need to jump directly into traffic jam already!
Let’s go even further. As I was discovering studies and tons of data, here is what I found…
Half of smartphone owners aged from 18 to 24 checked their devices in the middle of the night. Compared with 14% of owners aged 65 or older.
A recent study conducted by Deloitte shows that:
  • 43 percent of consumers check their phones within five minutes of waking up, and 17 percent check them immediately. This is the fifth year of Deloitte’s 2015 Global Mobile Consumer Survey, which covers almost 50,000 smartphone users aged 18 to 74 and spans 31 countries.

  • One obvious takeaway: Consumers are more connected now than ever. In fact, Deloitte found that Americans are looking at their smartphones a combined eight billion times per day, starting first thing in the morning. In addition, Deloitte found that 13 percent of consumers check their phone right before bed, and four percent even admit to checking their device more than 200 times per day. [Source]
As someone who grew up at the right time. Right in the middle of my childhood arrived the first computer (at home). A big grey box, (not so sexy – compared to my fancy Mac Book), with a very round, big mouse. All this thing was called Macintosh. I was fascinated by the rainbow Apple logo.
I liked it. I’m a kid and this is all new for me. Out of my television and cartoons – already saw Lion Kings thousand times! I grow up with the first computer and the Internet is popping (democratically) when I’m around 12. I’m not going to lie. With time, it’s getting really addictive. It’s kind of my way out of the insatisfaction of life – by this I mean teenage time.
The more I grew up. The more it got worst. I mean, first it was simple text on the vintage Nokia 3910. Then it was snake game on that same phone. Then it started to be with colours! So bad quality pictures came out. And now, we are close to be able to make coffee with our phone (very close, I’m pretty sure). Compared to many from my generation and other new coming generations, I feel there is a hint.
I’m a highly sensitive kind of person and I attach a lot of importance to my social interactions. I have never been good with communication on a phone. I need face to face interactions. The new area we are in is very intimidating to me. The more I’m looking at a new episode of Black Mirror, the more I’m getting scared by all of this new tech, called revolution, or innovation but could be also called for massive destruction of our consciousness.
If we look close enough, we didn’t had enough time (yet) to realise the true impact of tech in our daily lives and our physical brain (in a more scientific way). 16 years is not a lot.
Single note: The very first computer was born a long time ago (1822). But the « universal » access to computers (for our families and homes) is quite recent: Home computers were a class of microcomputers entering the market in 1977, and becoming common during the 1980s. At the time, it was closer to a typewriter. Perfect for « single tasks ». Internet was very limited compared to nowadays. Slow and Big enough for not being yet introduced in our intimate life. 🙂 [Source]
Should I remind you that cigarette at the very beginning was considered as healthy? No, I’m not saying tech is cigarette. It’s completely differentLook cigarette is creating a whole in your throats. Tech is creating a whole in your head. Just kidding !
But when I check the recent studies made on our new habits, called multitasking and his bad effects in our lives, I’m getting a little bit (lot) worried. Don’t you?
Check this out :
  • A study from the University of Sussex (UK) ran MRI scans on the brains of individuals who spent time on multiple devices at once (texting while watching TV, for example). The MRI scans showed that subjects who multitasked more often had less brain density in the anterior cingulate cortex. That’s the area responsible for empathy and emotional control.

  • A study at the University Of London showed that subjects who multitasked while performing cognitive tasks experienced significant IQ drops. In fact, the IQ drops were similar to what you see in individuals who skip a night of sleep or who smoke marijuana. Now that’s a terrifying thought[Source]
#Scary right?
One big piece of advice : Be wise using it.

Think more than twice before checking your phone for the 10th time of the day. Before checking it ask yourself this question:

Why am I doing that? Is it conscious or is it a simple repetitive impulsive twitch habit?

Don’t prioritise your phone over your friends, family, wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, cat or dog... Be the one in control of each moment of your life.
One of the many excuse I got : *It’s urgent.*
  • Are you the President of the United States? No. (except: Obama if you’re reading this, cheers :))
  • Have we been surviving without a smartphone under our eyes all the time? Yes we did survived. Hurrah everyone !
  • Are you very busy and not able being in the present moment? Then like many people you don’t know how to manage your time wisely.
We all have 24 hours a day. Obama have 24 hours a day, Steve Jobs had 24 hours a day, even François Hollande have 24 hours a day (no way?), and you have 24 hours a day (big news)!
If you check at the most successful people, in business, they know their priorities.
The key is : prioritising. Tim Ferris explained it very wisely in his book “4 hours week” (highly recommended).
You can’t be productive working on your smartphone while eating, looking at television and socialising (I’m not kidding). This is not (only) my point of view, this is science.
For instance, look at this (from Forbes 2014) : « Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time ». [Source]
Neuroscientists, the kind of people you want to listen since THIS IS LITERALLY THEIR FIELD OF SPECIALISATION (thanks guys for being here checking over our brains during this fast transforming period, time of history), said:
  • “That switching comes with a biological cost that ends up making us feel tired much more quickly than if we sustain attention on one thing”, says Daniel Levitin, professor of behavioral neuroscience at McGill University. “People eat more, they take more caffeine. Often what you really need in that moment isn’t caffeine, but just a break. If you aren’t taking regular breaks every couple of hours, your brain won’t benefit from that extra cup of coffee.”

  • Gloria Mark, professor in the department of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, says that when people are interrupted, it typically takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to their work, and most people will do two intervening tasks before going back to their original project. This switching leads to a build up of stress, she says, and so little wonder people who have high rates of neuroticism, impulsivity, and are susceptible to stress tend to switch tasks more than others. [Source]
I don’t hide the fact that like many people, I did, was addicted. I’m looking for progress not perfection. My progress is being in the present moment. Bring my focus to each moment, one task at a time. Prioritise each of my task of the day. When around people, not being reachable because everybody deserve my full attention. And every part of my world as well.
#How do I get away from this addictive and bad habits ?
  • Make your smartphone and screen as something available in a determined laps of time. For example, stop (put on flight mode) your phone from 7 or 8 p.m. And start it only one or two hours after waking up. Your phone can be [on] from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This seems quite fair. A least, you have twelve hours without “being technologically connected”, to your smartphone and this is a huge step!

  • Like me [switch off] notifications. Except phone calls. If it’s really really urgent, and deserve to call or get your attention, people will call. Overwise, it’s not so important and it can wait your next “time to check up your phone”.

  • When you are on a specific task requesting your full attention, a meeting, or even a break (relax time is equally important to work), try to put your phone on flight mode. Remember, a simple alert on your phone put you out of your present moment, [work mode] or [relax mode]. It will take around 20 minutes to go back effectively on your previous task, at hand.

  • Try to check the phone no more than three times a day. Every 3 hours if you work in a time laps of 3 hours at a time. This could be really great.

  • Time checking your email? Yes there is a time for that (now). Checking your email two – three times a day is enough. Believe me…

Don’t break the flow. Follow your own flow of inspiration.
By the way, it’s all in your head so no need for smartphone, laptop, tablet or Internet! Life can be so easy & magic 🙂
With love,
P.S. Nonetheless, there are interesting solutions available out there. One of them, is Freedom. It helps me to get back the precious value of time while being in the present moment…
Access to Freedom HERE >>>

Make Good Art

Make Good Art

Today, I want to share about an artist. A true source of inspiration, at least for me. Neil Gaiman is a British author of novels, comic books and much more. He wrote Coraline, a dark fantasy children’s novel. But also, Sandman, a comic book and Doctor Who, a science-fiction series (available on Netflix), as a scenarist. 

Here I want to share his advice and speech given at The University of The Arts.

The subject of this speech – three little words, posted on my desk :


The following extracts are my favorite quotes – there are precious source of wisdom.

Neil is someone we could called ordinary. Nonetheless, his background is quite an exception, since he wanted to escape school, and he didn’t really got any fancy diploma. Somehow an inspiring example for anyone convinced that creating or doing something involve an autorisation or some assigned authority.

“I never really expected to find myself giving advice to people graduating from an establishment of higher education. I never graduated from any such establishment. I never even started at one. I escaped from school as soon as I could…”

“I got out into the world, I wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote, and I wrote some more, and nobody ever seemed to mind that I was making it up as I went along, they just read what I wrote and they paid for it, or they didn’t…”

He got this image of himself as a writer from the very beginning. Instead of making a career plan, he decided to make a list of all the things he wished to do and realise in the course of his life.

“Looking back, I’ve had a remarkable ride. I’m not sure I can call it a career, because a career implies that I had some kind of career plan, and I never did. The nearest thing I had was a list I made when I was 15 of everything I wanted to do: to write an adult novel, a children’s book, a comic, a movie, record an audiobook, write an episode of Doctor Who… and so on. I didn’t have a career. I just did the next thing on the list.”

This is how he start his speech: giving advices he got from his experiences as an artist and writer. With tough beginnings, he has been going over the rules of the game, which are somehow set for us.

His first advice is the following :

“When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.”

“If you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.”

Advice number 2, in which he shares the power of visualisation. In being willing to realise our own and true purpose…

“If you have an idea of what you want to make, what you were put here to do, then just go and do that.”

“Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be – an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics and supporting myself through my words – was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal.”

« And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. »

“I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.”

Advice number 3 :

“When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure.You need to be thick-skinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it.”

Advice number 4 :

I hope you’ll make mistakes. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be useful…”

“Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.”

Advice number 5 :

“Do the stuff that only you can do.”

“Most of us only find our own voices after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people. But the one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

Advice number 6 :

“People get hired because, somehow, they get hired. In my case I did something which these days would be easy to check, and would get me into trouble, and when I started out, in those pre-internet days, seemed like a sensible career strategy: when I was asked by editors who I’d worked for, I lied. I listed a handful of magazines that sounded likely, and I sounded confident, and I got jobs. I then made it a point of honour to have written something for each of the magazines I’d listed to get that first job, so that I hadn’t actually lied, I’d just been chronologically challenged… You get work however you get work.”

Here is the bigger piece of advice, he got, but failed to follow.

Given my the prolific Stephen King :

“This is really great. You should enjoy it.”

“And I didn’t. Best advice I got that I ignored. Instead I worried about it. I worried about the next deadline, the next idea, the next story.”

“That was the hardest lesson for me, I think: to let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places.”

This speech gives us the motivation to go forward and go into action. As simple as it may seems, by a single act considered as courageous : create something.

I think this lesson is not limited to art. I consider it as a true life lesson. We are all invited to apply it in our respective lives and at our pace.

“So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules…”

Every human being who succeed in life, business, art, or what so ever, once, got over the rules. You feel much more expansive when you don’t impose yourself any rule. For once, nothing seems impossible and everything is happening for you, and not to you.

Be Wise and Break those Rules. 

The official video :

Sources :

– The book edited by Neil Gaiman, “Make Good Art” – here on Amazon.

University Website, with the video and transcription of this speech. (available here)


Dear all,
This week is very special.
Big wave of Coming Back from Summer Holidays.
I hope everyone enjoyed long free time over the sea with your relatives, (friends or family), or in the sweet comfort of your home. Or maybe, you plan to go on vacation in the coming days, weeks or months…
This summer, while working on Solybox, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts. I’m a huge fan of podcast. In fact, I might be called addicted since I’m listening to them more than often.
One I especially like is called Magic Lessons. If you already know about Elizabeth Gilbert you might have heard about her last book, titled Big Magic. A must read I recommend to anyone looking to crack his own creativity sparkle. While listening to the first podcast of the season, I found myself writing notes and drawing … I wanted to share it here.
The episode 201 of Magic Lessons podcast, season 2 is about this great quote of the show:
« you just don’t have a calling, you have a screaming. »
I’m a huge huge fan of that. I mean, this is so true. In entrepreneurship especially. It’s not about the idea you have, it’s also about the desires behind this idea. The Why ? as Simon Sinek said in his Ted Talk.
I really enjoyed this episode.
With love,

Finding Meaning with Voala

Finding Meaning with Voala

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Video available here.

Camille : What is the meaning of Voala ?

Blanka : I mean it like, the paper is not just a simple thing. It’s a tool for expression. It’s art, space, feelings …

Pavel : For me it’s the idea that when I take a clear piece of paper I don’t think about it as a « thing » or a « product ». There will be many stories and things which will get on paper, such as in the notebook. Even notebook without guide lines. We were looking for papers that were recycled so they have stories. We try to do many things eco-friendly. The most important is that it has some story and past. Their ways of manufacturing the product, paper factory is crafting in same way for 120 years. So there are lots of stories behind the paper.

So why not just paper ? Another important idea for us and why such a form of paper notebook, it’s because this is not just a notebook, this is a diary. Where you rewrite yourself, your thoughts, your life… so you put your imprint on the paper.

Blanka : Smart people around us were telling us « they are very thick so you can’t sell it a lot »« people will buy it and never return for another one ». Then I realised he is right but I don’t care, I just want to have this big diary.

Pavel : It’s a diary for a year, for work. For a one year diary, it has something like 240 pages I don’t write a page every day but almost! By putting our imprint on the paper, either as a creator or as a user, it’s so important. You spill it with coffee, corners get weaker and so on and that’s the sign of it. That you write through, it’s not just writing letters it reflects how you hold it in your hands. Since our notebooks are not wrapped in plastic it doesn’t get super protected. So you could wet it three times with no change… Here, it all stays with you. 

Blanka : When people come and pick a notebook they show me their previous one telling me « I want this one ». And it’s always something I am not able to identify. I look at it and say … « but there were something imprinted under it » so I say « you have really beautiful notebook ». Later on, I realise it’s one of ours. So, we take pictures as well, like an album of objects. It’s continual story and people but stickers on it, because they travel around the world there are full of little papers, that’s really nice !

La Boutique Solybox, with Voala is available here.

Looking for a new notebook? Find one original and unique here (from the Flow Collection)

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An Introduction w/ Voala

An Introduction w/ Voala

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video available here.

Camille : Can you please introduce yourself ?

Pavel : I am Pavel, I welcome you to studio Voala. I’m here with my wife Blanka. 10 years ago we founded a graphic studio together, under a different name but today we called our brand. That’s not just a graphic studio brand Voala. We were looking for element describing us well. And that’s the element of surprise ! « Voala » !

Blanka : Voala is not correct in French however it has a bit of it…

Pavel : It’s commonly used in Czech as well. Anyway we are from Prague, we live in Letná and it’s very beautiful here, there are a lot of parks… and originally we’re from Beskydy, we were raised in mountains. We have four kids together.

Camille : What is the meaning of your brand ?

Blenka : I think it’s important to teach people things which are simple can be beautiful. I like when it’s connected to all aspects of life. Not just with things we create here. Also things I appreciate. I like when things are true, traditional and has a connection to something. It doesn’t matter if it’s furniture or food farmers. This days, it’s very easy to get everything this way and that’s great for us ! To connect with this things all the time. The craft we are putting into our notebooks has a great history in our family. Because my grand father was a printer. So when I was on highschool and university. I started to discover his work. I saw his photos from his young age in printing house where he used to work. And behind him were big stacks or papers and printing mechanism even with wooden part, in each space a different font. And I knew where my heart belonged.  I know it follows thru my family line.

Pavel : I have a little thing, when I was young, I was discovering old times things. Like old box of matches, old pens and such. They had a beautiful design, originally from the 20s. There were made with excellent typography. But they were made in completely different way than things we can usually get nowadays. This means in our production we are focusing on discovering and bringing back these things that were lost in the past. On the other side this things were made properly and they were very charming, from a design perspective, which we reflect in our work of designer artist, creators with visuals. This unfluenced me as a kid.

Camille : Do you have rituals ?

Blanka : The preparation of my workplace I have to start with completely clean table really one must even clean the windows. So, it’s completely clean everywhere, then I bring all concrete materials needed. I put bonetool, brush, glue on my table. Right after, I realise that I really need to walk for two hours. All over the atelier or I go outside I walk and walk… It’s a moment of first touch. Like it’s going to begin right now, Action ! so this is whats happening to me. It’s quite strong creative moment. Moment of resistance, it’s interesting.

Camille : When did your passion started ?

Blanka : During our childhood, it was simply within us and we were just lucky you know… to dive into this and while making a living.

Pavel : We are grateful for being able to be here with you. And have a possibility to make a living for us and others coworkers as authors or guides for our clients. When an agency wants something without being able to describe it, then we are able to fully specify while react psychologically based on their behavior. We can tell what is good for them. Something between heaven and earth, it works well. I recall one important moment when we were looking for what is describing us. We put the tagline next our brand name « graphic studio with love for paper« . And it was born basically by touching for example when I’m buying clothers. I am first interested in touching the material not that I am not attracted by beautiful shirt but the final decision is based on the touch. How it will correspond with my body, with myself… Then I take a closer look at visuals, the material of the thing and fusion with my body is very important to me. Same with paper, paper is a huge world. But in the real world where papers we get to our hands, made out of usual materials feels very limited. We like paper and we want to show our clients. There are other papers, that behave and feel different. It can happen that you take paper in your hands and get very emotional you have good feeling.

Blanka : The « paper sample book » looks like this (check the video) with original materials, fresh colors, structures… My 3 years old daughter, when she saw it at home, she loved it ! I couldn’t understand how a 3 years old child could sit with it and describe what she felt. She said, she felt sun and clouds but she also stopped at some of these pages to touch them and feel it. It’s something different with different structure and it’s a moment when we can get to know the person we are dealing with.

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La Boutique Solybox, with Voala is available here.

Looking for a new notebook? Find one original and unique here (from the Flow Collection)

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About My Story

About My Story
I decided to share more about my experience here, regarding my past experiences as an expat’. For those who don’t know (yet), I’m a French citizen and I’m living abroad since the age of twelve. In 2000, my family and I moved out, not so far from France. In Belgium, to be more precise. I was quite young so I didn’t lived it well at the time. But now, with distance, I can say how grateful I am for being moving abroad.
Luckily, it didn’t stopped there. In fact, three years after our « very first » moving out of France, we moved to Czech Republic, in 2004.
After high school, I follow those steps as a young adult living in Finland and Canada. Somehow I decided to return to Prague two years go. Simply because, as a young entrepreneur the start is not always easy. In 2014, I had to go back to my parents in Paris suburbs. I loved it but even with average income, and because of the cost of living in Paris, it was really not worth it. So, moving to Prague was the solution for me to make Solybox happen without having to worry so much about the big question at the end of each month : how am I going to pay the bills?
In fact, Prague is quite a good destination for entrepreneurs. Finding a part-time or full-time job there, is really easy. In a week I found something to do in order to pay the bills. I didn’t had to worry about anything else. The city is « human-scale ». If you speak good English, you can communicate with ease. Going out in evenings is not an option anymore. Since everything is really at a reasonable price. Finally, as a Vegan or Vegetarian, alternative solutions and Prague as an international destination is very open. This, without sacrificing your wallet.
The life lesson I got very early, is « no matter what you want to do, do not limit yourself geographically ». For sure, being in our comfort zone is something we are aiming at, nowadays. This is what we have been taught to do. Nonetheless, I believe marvelous things can happen in our life, if we decide to make a step forward, out of our comfort zone, into Adventure and New Discoveries.
May you find inspiration…
With love,

Ema Mamisu Atelier discoveries !

Ema Mamisu Atelier discoveries !

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video available here

The Artist Atelier is a good place to start with. I always enjoy visiting new atelier. I’m curious about every aspect of it. This is where you get inspired by new techniques and rituals

I think it’s the perfect place to discover the true value and method of an artist. The shop and a close look at the products, it’s not enough for me.

Here, let’s make a tour of Ema Mamisu Atelier from the Shop to the back side of the workplace!

Boutique Solybox, where you can find all Ema Mamisu creations.

Ceramic blue plate

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Interview with Ema Mamisu

Interview with Ema Mamisu

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video available here.

Camille : Can you please present yourself ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : I am from Prague, I founded this company in 2013, alone. After one year Petra Maskova joined me. She is right now on maternity leave. So I’m alone in the business for now. Sometimes some assistants come help me, when needed.

Camille : What is the meaning of your brand ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : We want to make beautiful and useful products. The most important thing is « good functioning » and « good to use ». Things need to be solid in order to last long, at the same time they are unique and interesting, so when people hold them in their hands their heart is pounding with joy, when using it.

Camille : What are your main values at Ema Mamisu ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : At first place, it’s the function of the product. When I create something it must be functional to the maximum. Sometimes I add an esthetic value but it’s really important to be mainly functional.

Camille : Do you have rituals during the process of creation ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : First I need to clean my working area before I start to work. I like it when it’s clean and I like to listen to audiobook during the process of creation. I play audiobook and I began. Which genre ? Like detective most of the time. Sometimes when I’m listening to them the dark atmosphere of the genre is taking place around me. I compensate it, with colours of dots, and other tenderness. I remember one moment, I was listening to a dark and uncomfortable book while painting small little dots on the cups. Which were also very small. They were very cute afterwards ! It was the biggest contrast in what was going on. I like to listen to Maigret. I know him a lot. So only from time to time. Plus, I like new detective stories coming out, mainly Scandinavian. Yes also Jo Nesbo but not as much !

Camille : Where do you find your inspiration ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : Definitely not from detective audiobooks. Much more from everything around me. When I see some interesting things, even from another specialization. I’m going through different magazines, about Home or Design. There I collect inspiration in shapes and decoration. Sometimes in the nature as well but nature is not good inspiration for practical products. But when I create things, in oven working with wood, yes. I remember once I wanted to create a vase that look like a wasp nest. Colours, structure and shape included. I haven’t been able to realise it yet !

Camille : When did you started Ema Mamisu ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : It was around 2012. My job at the time didn’t worked well for me. Intern relationships included and the impulse was that I was fired… So I realized now it’s time to start and stop finding excuses, on why I can’t.

Camille : What is the authenticity of your products ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : Our authenticity is in the preparation of our materials. We make it ourselves. Not that we mix the glaze as someone else, but we mix it on our own way and from there we mix everything we need plus we are mixing other things than just glaze ! That’s what I think is making us unique. In ceramic there is infinite spectrum of colours that you can make, depending on which glaze you may use. Each glaze look different on various materials. So it’s in combining glaze with materials it can make you special because nobody else knows the ingredients. We can keep our originality. Plus, we are doing the procedures. Unless you put it into the mold you can’t copy it. Huge big part of the products is handmade work. For example, the finger-pressed bowl, which I offer on Solybox (here)… this bowl I press it with my fingers which is my specific shape. Since everybody has a different shape. Finger pressing by another person look different. Then there is quite a long process of creation. And it’s not easy to discover how to make it…

Camille : What is your favorite part of the creation process ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : Definitely inventing the product in my head when I got the idea and I’m thinking on how to compile it. Then, I love the part when I shape it on the wheel that’s quick procedure, nothing that much creative. But then comes the second stage when the product becomes dry and I need to finalize it adding details and finalize the shape ! That’s the moment when I’m finally creating. Of course, when I’m opening the oven and it’s done perfectly, I see the final result. That’s the cherry on top of the cake.

Camille : Do you have favorite artists ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : form international artist Lucie Rie that dedicated her life to ceramic from her youth ’till her death with a very interesting style and from Czech artist which I know, Martin Hanus who’s autodidact, he works in South Bohemia. He uses wood-fired oven. His attitude to life and ceramic is very sympathic. So everytime when I’m talking to him, he’s very inspirational. I think many products we create, exist thanks to him because I was at his workshop. plus Martin Hadrava who works with him. He is a source of technology somehow. 

Camille : How was the beginnings ?

Bára (Ema Mamisu) : At the beginning I was working from home. I was going to workshop to « burn » the products. But you can’t do it for a long period of time because ceramic creates a lot of dust and dirt so we were looking for a place. We set up a budget and we wanted some size and my demand was to have the place in Létna because I live here. So I have it close to work. We were searching for something and we found with this amazing big window. It was clear since we wanted a shop in here.

The Boutique Solybox with all Ema Mamisu creations, is here.

One of her latest creation : Ceramic plate, blue is the new black

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A short introduction with new artist, Ema Mamisu

A short introduction with new artist, Ema Mamisu

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video available here.

I’m glad to introduce you a new artist, this week on Solybox. Ema Mamisu is a Ceramic Business founded by Barbora Diduchová.

Their name is not a coincidence. When Czech kids are learning their language, in their beginnings, they must work on pronounciaiton. Like in any over languages. They have to repeat sentences. They say « Ema ma maso », which litteraly means « Ema has meat ». So Ema Mamisu means « Ema ma misu », « Ema has a bowl » !

Barbora created Ema Mamisu in 2013. She has a background in pottery and porcelain. Petra joined right after the creation, adding her knowledge in design. Each of their product is Unique. 

This is why I felt in love with their ceramic at the first place. I’m very proud to have them part of Solybox. Enjoy !

Find out more about Ema Mamisu and her creations here (Boutique Solybox).

One of her latest creations

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Ema Mamisu – Artisan Céramiste

Ema Mamisu – Artisan Céramiste

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vidéo disponible ici.

Je suis ravie de vous introduire une nouvelle artistes, cette semaine sur Solybox. Ema Mamisu, fondée par Barbora Diduchová

Le nom de leur entreprise n’est pas une coïncidence. Lorsque les enfants tchèque apprennent leur langue, au tout début, ils doivent travailler sur la prononciation. Comme dans tous les pays d’ailleurs. Pour cela, ils doivent répéter des phrases spécifiques. Il disent « Ema ma maso », qui veut littéralement dire « Emma a de la viande ». Donc Ema Mamisu signifie « Ema ma misu », « Ema a un bol » ! 

Barbora a créé Ema Mamisu en 2013. Elle a de l’expérience en poterie et porcelaine. Petra l’a rejoint après la création de l’entreprise, en y ajoutant son savoir dans le milieu du design. Chacun de leur produit est Unique, en son genre.

C’est pour cela que je suis tombée sous le charme de leur céramique et produits dès le début. Je suis très fière de les compter parmi les Artistes Solybox. Enjoy !

La Boutique Ema Mamisu, disponible sur, ici.

L’une de ses dernières créations… ICI

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