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France has been motivating people for decades to create and live a more inspired life. La Vie Creative is a weekly podcast all about creatives in Paris and beyond, hosted by American Expat Krystal Kenney. Designed to help you enrich your inner artist and tap into your innovative gifts.
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Liane de Pougy at the end of her life was labeled “from whore to nun” but I am getting ahead of myself.  Anne Marie Chassaigne was born June 2, 1869 in La Flèche in the Loire and raised in Brittany. On July 15, 1886, at 17 she married Joseph Armand Henri Pourpee who was a naval officer living in Marseille. Joseph would be gone a lot and Anne Marie filled her time with another man. Suffering from frequent attacks by her husband that left scars on her chest for the rest of her life, it all culminated one night when he discovered her with her lover. He pulled out his pistol and shot at her, nicking her wrist. Anne Marie couldn’t take it much more, sold her piano, left her son with his father and his parents, and moved to Paris. In Paris, she began taking dance lessons from Marie-Therese Mariquita and changed her name to Liane de Pougy. Dancing in the cabarets of Paris she was quickly noticed for her striking beauty standing out in any crowd she stood in. Playwright Henri Meilhac was drawn to her and got her a job dancing at the Folies Bergeres in 1884 and also living the life of one of the most popular courtesans of the time.In 1908, she met the Romanian Prince Georges Ghika who was the nephew of Queen Nathalie of Serbia. Fifteen years younger than her and a prince by name but without much money to his name. The two married on June 8, 1910, and the next day it was on the front page of the New York Times. “Paris professional beauty marries Prink Ghika, who championed her”.  The Prince came across her one day in Saint Germain while being laughed at by a group of people, Liane was wearing a rather large hat and people gathered around her pointing and laughing on the mean streets of St Germain. He stepped in to uphold her honor and got into a scuffle resulting in his arrest for assault. In 1928 they went to Grenoble where she met Mother Superior Marie Xavier of the Sainte-Agnes Asylyn and institute for disabled children. She threw herself into raising money for the institute and tapping into her wealthy friends back in Paris to assist. Staying closely aligned with the church she later in 1943 took the vow of Saint Dominic and changed her name again to Sister Anne Marie de La Penitence.Listen to the newest episode now at La Vie Creative, link in bio. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (
Melissa grew up between Australia and the Philippines, singing in choirs and writing her own songs from a young age. She studied Musicology at the Conservatorium of Sydney and went on to work as an opera critic and co-editor of the classical music magazine Limelight.In 2013, she moved to Paris and freelanced as a travel and music journalist, while working at the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (selling vintage French pornographic posters, among other bits and bobs) and as a tour guide for runners. As a record label executive with Warner Classics, she worked with some of the most prestigious classical artists in France but didn't dare to make her own music in Paris until she walked into a 'jam' one night and asked to sing. Since then, she has become a familiar face and voice in the Paris jazz milieu, singing for swing balls and péniches, hosting her own weekly jam at the speakeasy Madame Simone, and singing with her troupe of buskers (tap dancer, accordion, etc) in the streets of Paris. She has released two albums (a rockabilly duo and a piano duo with string quartet) and will record the third album of swing 1930s swing in June with the Israeli guitarist Duved Dunayevsky. WATCH LIVE @melissalesnieThe album: for The Music Festival in Paris)YouTube videosIn support of struggling artists in COVID times, she gave a concert outside the occupied Théâtre de l'Odéon... with a troupe of stiltwalkers! the tap dancer Jelly and his troupe we did a Josephine Baker tribute for the Journées du Patrimoine, in the gardens of Josephine Baker's former residence at Le Vésinet... for which the organizers let me wear a Josephine Baker dress. It was pouring with rain so we kept on playing in the shade of her doorway! same tap dancer, Jelly, and my favorite banjo player Ziggy, in the streets of Saint Germain, working the locals into a frenzy! Lady - Track from the album with string quartet the show (
Madame de Sévigné, one of the greatest authors of the 17th century, never wrote a single book. Instead, she is known to us today as a “lady of letters”. Marie de Rabutin Chantal was born February 5, 1626, in the Palais Royal home of her grandparents. By the time she turned seven both of her parents had died and were being raised by her grandparents and uncle Christopher. He would teach her Latin, Italian and Spanish when she was quite young and turned her onto the great literature of the time rarely afforded to girls. In 1644 at 18 she married Henri de Sévigné at the Église Saint Gervais and two children followed. Françoise in 1646 and Charles in 1648 but the marriage would be short-lived, Henri was quite the philanderer and had a difficult time keeping it in check and it would end in his death. On February 5, 1651, his life would end in a duel. Challenged by François Amenieu over Mademoiselle de Gundron, one of his many mistresses. He didn’t fare well and died as a result. Madame de Sévigné at 25 became a wealthy widow which gave her a place in society few women could reach. Men would pursue her but she had no interest in getting married again. To fill her time she attended the salons and events of Paris and began to write letters to friends and family describing the scene and travels of each day. Women could rarely be published unless under a man's name and while she enjoyed the process she couldn’t be bothered worrying about how to publish, so she took to her letters. In 1669 her daughter Françoise married Comte de Grignan who was a widow twice over and much older than she. Their marriage would take François from her mother and Paris to the south of France and the Chateau de Grignan. On February 6, 1671, the first of over 1000 letters sent to her beloved daughter began. Listen to the newest episode now at La Vie Creative, link in bio. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Claudine Hemingway Bleu, Blonde, Rouge Author & historianPodcast La Vie Creative, Paris History Avec a Hemingway 🇫🇷Hemingway tours of ParisClaudineHemingway.comIG @claudinebleublonderougeFB @bleublonderouge La VIe Creative - Paris History Avec a Hemingway podcast. New Every Monday Support the show (
Mrids is a former film/TV producer who left the BBC, Hollywood, her jeans - sneakers outfit, to buy a sharp striped suit for a Masters at Columbia University in New York diving into business strategy.   An ambitious entrepreneur with a first profitable business at age 9, she truly loves solving problems and brainstorming solutions. In her corporate role in NYC as Growth Strategist, Director, Sales & Negotiations she helped her clients earn multi-million-dollar revenue.  As founder of two successful award-winning startups, representing France and accepted into Columbia University’s startup labs in New York, she puts those principles into practice. Now in Paris with her family, Mrids gets by with her terrible French accent, raising her two half - French sons who speak better French than she ever will. Our money stories and beliefs hold us back from earning our true potential and creating wealth for ourselves, as women. As a Money Mastery Business Coach my mission is to help you build profitable businesses, earn more and be a wealthy woman entrepreneur, woman in corporate, small business owner. GIVEAWAY: the show (
Jeanne DuVal was the beautiful muse of Charles Baudelaire and would inspire his glowing devotion. The Black Venus and Mistress of Mistresses as he called her is mostly unknown still to this day. Much of the details of her life are murky due to a fire that would destroy her vital documents. Jeanne was tall and beautiful and her striking looks got her a role on the stage. Performing at the Théâtre de la Porte Sainte Antoine, although she wasn’t the best actor. A girl has to eat, so she became a prostitute for a short period. Nadar, the French photographer saw her on the stage and the two began an affair that lasted a year.  It was through Nadar that Jeanne and  Baudelaire would meet, but their love affair didn’t start right away. One night in Montmartre Baudelaire came across Jeanne being harassed by a group of drunks and stepped in to save her. After that, the two began their 20-year tumultuous relationship. Baudelaire was already working on Fleur de Mal when the two began. Jeanne would inspire the flowery devotions of love and when things were bad would also inspire the hate-filled pieces.  Fleur de Mal covered everything from the transformation of Paris, which he was highly against, lesbianism, eroticism, and love. Many people loved it but just as many hated it. Baudelaire and his printer were prosecuted for “attack on public morals”. Living all over Paris, including the Hotel Lauzun on the Ile de la Cite and he rented a place for Jeanne just down the island on Rue le Regrattier. When they went through rough patches it wouldn’t last long. He would be at her apartment giving her money and spending time together much to his mother's chagrin. Baudelaire’s close friend Edouard Manet painted a portrait of Jeanne after seeing her only once. The “Mistress of Baudelaire” 1862 captures Jeanne seated on a couch with her legs up and enveloped in a large white skirt. Her arm over the back of the couch and her feet are placed in a strange way due to her paralysis, which many may never notice as the skirt shields most of her.  Shortly after Jeanne would die. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Claudine Hemingway Bleu, Blonde, Rouge Author & historianPodcast La Vie Creative, Paris History Avec a Hemingway 🇫🇷Hemingway tours of ParisClaudineHemingway.comIG @claudinebleublonderougeFB @bleublonderouge La VIe Creative - Paris History Avec a Hemingway podcast. New Every Monday Support the show (
Hello. I’m French and American, born in the mid-seventies, in April. I was raised in the forest, and spent my childhood either running wild in the woods of Picardie or taking planes to JFK to visit my grandmother. I also played a lot of piano. At that time, I  wanted to be in a musical, but instead I studied political science at Sciences-Po and business at HEC, in Paris. And started a life-long addiction to collecting (and not always reading) books.This led me to work in the food industry, at Unilever. I got to eat ice cream every single day for 7 years. Finally, one day, in the middle of a green stairwell, I decided I was in a rut and needed to spice things up. I had always loved to write, so I became a freelance editor and writer. I soon hooked up with My Little Paris and contributed to unveiling rip-off lingerie. I took up singing and continued to cross the ocean.Along the way, I did a lot of reading and learning and listening to people and have enjoyed growing (up) tremendously.In the future, I’d love to produce a musical with Benjamin Millepied; or create an installation at the MOMA with people who are good at it, but for some reason would ask me to help them; or write a book just half as (sigh) as Just Kids. Or, you know, just to keep growing, loving (a bearded man) and creating would be ok too. "It's never too late to bloom": the show (
Nélie Jacquemart was an artist and art collector whose love of art remains today and shared with everyone that visits the museums tAs a child, her family worked and lived with the wealthy Alphée & Rose de Vatry. Rose formed a special relationship with the young Nélie who had a talent for drawing. Armed with art supplies she started to draw, encouraged by Rose who was also able to enroll her into a workshop given by artist Léon Cogniet, one of the few artists to give lessons to women. In no time, she got the attention of the art community in Paris and two years later she was displaying her paintings at an exhibition in Versailles and just after that she was appearing on the walls of the Salon of 1863 with the biggest artists of the time. In 1872 Edouard André contacted Nélie to paint a portrait of the wealthy French banker who lived in the grand mansion on Boulevard Haussmann. Nine years after he first sat for Nélie, the two would meet again, and shortly after on June 29, 1881, the two would marry. Edouard was now 48 and in ill health due to syphilis and his family pushed for the marriage and convinced Nélie of the union. There wasn’t a lot of love there but they did get along well and both loved art. Edouard even had one of the large rooms transformed into a studio for her painting but as soon as they were married she put down her brushes and never picked them up again. After his death in 1894, she continued to travel, adding to her personal gallery. On a 1902 voyage around the world when she got word that the Abbey de Chaalis, the former property of Rose de Vatry was for sale. Cutting the trip short and just before she was to leave for Japan she returned to Paris and purchased the former abbey. For ten years Nélie enjoyed the abbey and filled it with her art and furniture and spent long periods there. On May 15, 1912, Nélie died and left both the mansion in Paris and the abbey to the Institut de France with very specific instructions on how her art was to be displayed. On December 8. 1913, less than seven months after her death the Musée Jacquemart André in Paris and the Abbey de Chaalis were opened to the public, left exactly how she intended it.More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (
Tanisha Townsend has cultivated a community of wine enthusiasts through an unyielding passion for Oenology. As Chief Wine Officer of lifestyle agency Girl Meets Glass, Tanisha leads wine classes and tours in Paris (and virtually). Her goal is to empower individuals with advanced knowledge of wine & spirits in order to build confidence in their tastes and make choices as a better-informed consumer. the show (
The Musée du Louvre and it’s list of amazing art is endless and hard to know where to even start. We will help share a few pieces that you don’t want to miss on your next trip to Paris. In 1848 Louis Philippe commissioned 20 statues for the Jardin du Luxembourg. He picked each one that went from Queen Berthe to Anne d’Autriche and included Jeanne d’Arc. The Maid of Orleans was sculpted in 1845 by Francois Rude and was placed in the south side of the garden in 1852. In 1871 she was removed and eventually came to live in the Louvre. Jeanne d’Arc is normally captured in her armor and charging off to battle, but Rude decided to depict her in a dress with her armor at her feet with her right hand near her ear as she listened to the voices of the saints. Eugène Delacroix, the leader of the Romantic movement's most recognized painting is La Liberté guidant le people, painted in 1830. The painting commemorates the Paris uprising of July 1830, known as the Trois Glorieuses, that ousted King Charles X.  Using the barricade as a pedestal, her movement evokes that of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, although the statue was discovered long after Delacroix painted this masterpiece. In the top right of the photo, the towers of Notre Dame rises from the smoke with a small tricolor flying in the wind. The painting inspired Bartholdi when he created the Statue of Liberty, with her right arm holding up a torch instead of a flag.  The Coronation of Napoleon (Le Sacre de Napoléon) is an immense painting that stretches 33 feet across the Pompei red walls of the Salle Daru. David was commissioned by Napoleon himself, and didn't start the actual piece until a year later, with Napoleon making a few specific changes and additions to the painting that were different from the actual event. The biggest being his mother, sitting in the balcony above him. She was not a  fan of Josephine, and was still in Rome and refused to attend. Listen to the full episode to learn even more about these three pieces including the jealous sisters that tried to foil the whole thing. Link in bioMore info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (
Anna Kloots is a Paris-based American writer and storyteller. But also a photographer, and there is a story behind every shot she takes. She is a true nomad, in the last twelve years she has gone through two passports; living and traveling in over 83 countries across 6 continents. She takes followers inside her life in Paris on her popular Instagram page. the show (
Gabrielle d’Estrées, a woman known more for her risque painting than of her life itself. Gabrielle was born around 1573, and daughter of Antoine d’Estrées, Baron de Boulonnois and Françoise de la Bourdaisieres. She was one of eleven children, seven of which were girls and gave them the moniker “seven deadly sins” by the Marquis de Sevigné.Gabrielle mingled in the court of Henri III and where she met Roger de Bellegarde who was close with Henri III and Henri IV. On the occasion that Roger was meeting with Henri IV, Gabrielle was spotted at court, and Henri was instantly obsessed. For six months he chased her and she resisted until she finally gave in. Henri IV did not hide his relationship or the love he had for Gabrielle, even in the midst of trying to get his marriage to Marguerite de Valois annulled. To keep her close at court he orchestrated a marriage between Gabrielle and Nicolas d’Amerval on June 8, 1592. To thank him for his role, Nicolas was given the title of Baron de Benais. Henri was eager to end the marriage with Marguerite and to marry Gabrielle and asked Pope Clement VIII to dissolve his marriage. Clement had his own ideas and wanted Henri to marry his niece, Marie de Medici, and was slow-moving on giving Henri what he wanted. Always by his side, Gabrielle was instrumental in helping to end the many religious conflicts and converting Henri to Catholicism in 1593. However, she wasn’t loved by the people who called her the “duchess of garbage” and attacked her spending. Nonetheless, she sat next to Henri on his triumphant return to Paris later that same year. Henri had every intention to marry her and presented her with his coronation ring in front of the court. A painting that is sure to always catch the visitor’s eye is the presumed portrait of Gabrielle d’Estrées and her sister the Duchess of Villars. Listen to the newest episode of Paris History Avec a Hemingway on La Vie Creative podcast for her whole story and all about the eye-catching painting. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (
Yanique Francis is a Paris-based businesswoman. An expert event planner, travel writer, and industry consultant. Francis was born in Jamaica and lived in the USA. She earned her Master's Degree in International Communications and Marketing at Emerson College. Francis founded MyParisianLife, a French Food and lifestyle blog in 2008, which went on to be named one of "best Paris blogs" by Spotted by Locals in 2019. In 2016, she founded the first elopement planning wedding agency in France, ElopeinParis.  She is passionate about radical self-care and creating your own joie de vivre.  In 2020, Francis founded Avance/Bien, a company that creates rituals of self-care for a female audience.PARIS + FOOD @myparisianlifePARIS + WEDDINGS @elopeinparisPARIS + PICNICS @parisfoodiebagPARIS + BOOKCLUB @ patreonSupport the show (
The life of Juliette Drouet is closely tied to Victor Hugo, but she wasn’t always his mistress. Juliette’s beautiful head turning looks was garnering the attention of Paris, especially the men. In a way to help fund her shopping sprees, a life as a courtesan and on the stage fit the bill. Not exactly a natural actor, but her looks got the attention of the producers and audience and repeatedly got her roles onstage at the Theatre du Parc de Bruxelle in Paris. In 1833 a small role in Victor Hugo’s Lucretius Borgia would instantly catch the famed writer's attention. Mrs. Hugo, Adele even sent her a note that her husband would love to meet her. The first six months after they met it stayed very friendly until he couldn’t resist the fiery Juliette who had a reputation as a dominatrix. Toto, as she called Hugo in no time, paid off her debts and rented an apartment for her near his Place des Vosges home on the Rue Sainte-Anastase, but came with a very high cost. Her old ways on stage or as a courtesan had to stop and wasn’t allowed to leave her home without Victor Hugo. For fifty years, the two stayed together and she served as his secretary and copied each of his books and articles he wrote. Adele was aware of their relationship and even left in her will that her sons look after her in case Victor died before her. Adele had her own relationship with a former close friend of her husband Sainte-Beauve resulting in their  somewhat open marriage. Shortly after, Hugo was forced to exile to Brussels and out of the clutches of all the other women. Juliette set up his papers and a place to stay and traveled with him and stayed nearby allowing them to have a somewhat normal relationship. During his exile, Adele died back in Paris in 1868 and upon his return in 1870 Juliette was finally allowed into the doors of the Place des Vosges home and home on the now Avenue Victor Hugo. After 50 years together, on May 11, 1883 Juliette died of stomach cancer, she was 77 years old. Hugo was destroyed and would die two years later. Listen to the episode to learn more about her life that inspired art. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (
Heather Stimmler is an American-born journalist and author living in France since 1995. She started the Secrets of Paris newsletter in 1999 as a hobby while working as an editor at in Paris. Over the next 20 years, Secrets of Paris grew into a private tour company and a guidebook publisher. In 2016 Heather became the Global Media Director for the international marine conservation group Sea Shepherd but still writes for Secrets of Paris in her free time, focusing as always on "fluff-free" news and insider tips on Paris for visitors and residents.Signup for her famous free newsletter: the private Secrets of Paris Community to get access to the newsletter archives and receive weekly videos and other behind-the-scenes content Heather makes just for this group: the show (
Marie- Caroline de Bourbon-Siciles, aka the Duchesse de Berry was born in Naples the daughter of the Crown Prince Francis Duke of Calabria and Marie Clementine of Austria, niece of Marie Antoinette. At the time of her birth in 1798 Napoleon was charging his way through Italy forcing the family to flee to Palermo and later pushing them into Sisily. Marie-Caroline found her way to France after her marriage to Charles Ferdinand, Duc de Berry son of Charles X. Louis XVIII was in power and without an heir Sixty years old and a widow he declared his nephew his rightful heir to the throne. Charles Ferdinand needed a wife, although he had many mistresses and children in France and England.  The two were married in Notre Dame de Paris on June 17, 1816. In 1830 after the Three Glorious Day in July the family was forced to exile as Charles X was ousted. De Berry believed her son Henri who now took on the self-appointed title Henri V should be the king of France. Trying to gather enough support from other legitimate royal family members that she was trying to boost as she exiled to Italy. As word spread that she had returned to France she was a wanted woman. In Nantes, she hid in the home of Madame Duguigny across from the chateau of the Duke of Brittany. De Berry met her match in Simon Deutz who had learned of her hiding place and reported to the police who arrived to arrest her. Needing a place to hide she crawled up into the chimney, a great place to hide until one of the men lit a fire. Forcing her out she was arrested on November 7, 1832, and placed into jail. The plot thickens when she announces she is pregnant. The exiled royal family got word and turned their back on her. While she said she had secretly wed Hector-Lucichese-Palli, the dates weren’t adding up and was exiled from France to Palermo, and her children were left with Madame Royale, daughter of Marie Antoinette in Goritz. Her final years were spent between the Chateau in Brunnsee, Austria, and in Venice. On April 16, 1810, she died in Austria at 71 years old. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (
Jay Swanson is an author and vlogger over on YouTube where he shares his daily life as an American in Paris, including tips and tricks on visiting and living in the City of Light. His latest book, Sea of the Unknown: Monsters and Mishaps on my Journey to Paris tells the story of how he wound up in Paris, got torn away from it, and managed to fight his way back. It's recently available on Audible. the show (
It’s a big day today for Paris History Avec A Hemingway podcast! It’s the 50th episode! It also happens to be my birthday and the same number. When trying to decide who we would talk about for this epic episode it was almost impossible. Then it came to me, it had to be about something in my favorite place to spend a day, the Musée du Louvre. The Louvre is filled with thousands of pieces of art, however, most people only visit a few when they spend a few hours inside the historic walls. The three most popular ladies of the Louvre, may hang and stand there waiting for the thousands to take a selfie with but they each also have a story. The Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world, her image is recreated onto everything but few people know she was a real person. Lisa Giocondo was a Florentine woman married to Francesco who had commissioned Leonardo to paint his wife. They had five children, sadly only two made it to adulthood. When she sat for Leonardo it was just after one of her children died, he captures her in her morning attire. Francesco would die before he could ever pay for the painting and the painting would travel to France with the artist and later bought by Francois I. My favorite of the three is the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The majestic headless lady stands high above the steps looking like she is about to take flight. Discovered in 1863 and dating back to the 2nd century BC. When she arrived at the Louvre in 1864 she was in 118 pieces. Her torso left-wing and lower body were first displayed without any plans to restore her. In 1871 a new restorer took on the task of putting her back together to the beautiful lady we see today. The Venus de Milo, may not even be Venus after all. The famous armless figure of beauty could be Amphitrite, goddess of the sea. Discovered by a Greek farmer on April 8, 1820, while looking for some rocks. Purchased for 1000 francs by the Marquis de Riviere on behalf of the French and after much negotiation, she was finally sent to Paris as a gift for Louis-Philippe. He gave it to the Louvre, where she has been since 1821. Learn even more about these three Ladies of the Louvre on today’s episode. Link in bio. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter the show (
Brandi Sea is an award-winning Creative Director, Design & Brand Strategist, and passionate observer with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design. In addition to her design talents, she uses her 20 years of experience to help fellow creatives map out a plan to "discover uncommon inspiration" and produce more meaningful work. Brandi believes that every designer deserves to have a process that will get them past creative block. Through her podcast, Design Speaks, her online courses, YouTube channel, and blog, she works to empower designers with the tools they need to stay inspired and create work that gets noticed.Brandi has been awarded for her poster design work including Judge’s Choice at the 2016 Adobe Creative Jam. In 2017, she was also awarded three Addys and the prestigious “Albuquerque 30" award from the American Advertising Federation, which celebrates the 30 greatest ideas of the year and has also taught Advanced Design Concepts at her alma matter, Southwest University of Visual Arts.In her free time, you will likely find Brandi traveling, reading classic literature, discovering new music, rock climbing, or spending time with her husband and two kiddos. LINKS:Website: the show (
Heloise, the name that may ring more of a bell as Heloise and Abelard. A couple is known as the French Romeo & Juliette long before Shakespeare would write the story. Heloise was born around 1092, it is unsure of her actual birthday and can swing into the 1070s depending on what you read. Heloise would spend most of her childhood raised by her brother and at 11 would be sent to Paris to live with her uncle Fulbert. Uncle Fulbert served as a canon at the Hotel Dieu de Paris on the Ile de la Cité where he also lived. His house on the Quai des Fleurs was large and had room for a few renters so he offered a room to Abelard. Abelard was a schoolmaster for the Cloister Catholic School and was known all over Paris for his handsome looks and charismatic personality. Abelard and Heloise were taken with each other immediately and to spend more time together he took her on as his personal student. The two began a very hot and steamy affair that they kept from Fulbert. That is until she became pregnant. Abelard took her to Brittany to stay with his sister Dionysis. In the fall of 1116 Astrolab was born. Heloise left Paris for the convent of Saint Marie d’Argenteuil where she would become a nun. Abelard would eventually leave Paris to set up his own convent and chapel and the two would keep in touch through their letters. In the 16th century, their first four letters were discovered and published and brought the story of the lovers to life. Over time more letters were found drawing a long list of fans including Josephine. In 1817, a new cemetery opened in Paris, today’s  Pere Lachaise. Far outside the city at the time, it was having a hard time drawing people who would want to be buried there. The idea was to move some famous residents that would draw others that would want to spend the rest of their lives next to the famous. Josephine led the charge to have Heloise and Abelard moved to Paris to lay together for eternity.Alexandre Lenoir, the man who saved the monuments of France during the Revolution designed the Castrum Doloris, “castle of grief” a gothic revival structure with the two lying on top of a bed looking towards the sky. Lenoir used stones for the Oratoire du Paraclete that Abelard loved and built at the end of his life. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (
My name is Camille Roux dit Buisson, I was born and I live in Paris. I grew up surrounded by art, with my parents who were passionate, and especially because my father is an art dealer who started collecting Jacqueline Marval (1866 – 1932)’s work from the 1980s. He took me to Drouot and the Louvre des Antiquaires (where he had a gallery until the 2010s) all the time, which started to build the passion and admiration I have for art.I used to work in fashion PR, communication, and marketing while keeping a foot in the arts; I would organize fashion events and shows but also art-related ones. After 3 years, I decided to join my father and to start working as an art dealer at the occasion of the 2018 Paris Biennale at the Grand Palais. Seeing his passion for Jacqueline Marval, and as I grew up surrounded by her art, I got more and more interested in her work and life. We just opened the Comité Jacqueline Marval with my father (Raphaël Roux dit Buisson) and my brothers (Lucien and Arthur, who have their own life but work with us & help us as well). The committee aims to allow the re-discovery of Jacqueline Marval’s work, from a contemporary viewpoint, as she arrived in a world that did not expect her, and in which she took a prominent role. It’s a beautiful space quite close to Berthe Weill’s Gallery, Ambroise Vollard’s, and also not very far from Le Bateau Lavoir.From the exhibition of her works to the redaction of the Catalogue Raisonné, by compiling and making her archives accessible - crossed with the ones from museums and worldwide institutions (musée d’Orsay, Metropolitan Museum, universities, libraries, and so on), the Committee tells the story of this great artist.My role is to bring her back to the light she was in and the show (
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