Similarly, there are people who have the natural ability to make you feel like you are part of something meaningful and special, and who instill in you a sense of community that, in turn, propels you to give back with the same tireless dedication.
That is why I have supreme admiration for Caroline and Mathieu - proprietors of a Montreal boutique called "Affiche en Tête". They specialize in custom-framing but don't stop there; the boutique is a reflection of their love for vintage home decor items and of their commitment to encouraging local artists. Fine-art illustrations, photographic prints, greeting cards, serigraphs - a collection that is carefully curated and thoughtfully merchandised. The space is not over-crowded and short blurbs of local artists are often displayed with the items, enhancing the community feel. The shop-windows are as dynamic as Caroline and Mathieu are; there is always something new "en vedette" (in the spotlight), always a reason to stop-by and take a peak.
This past year, which was the first for Veni Etiam Photography, I was blessed that so many artisan market organizers and boutique-owners gave me a chance, and offered me a place in the community. These experiences have been immensely rewarding in terms of what I have learned from talented individuals who have been at this way longer than I have. But if you're attuned to the way these collaborations make you feel, you quickly discover which ones stand out for you and make you think, "Yes! I want to be a part of this for as long as they'll have me!".
It is with this enthusiasm that I delivered my new spring collection to Affiche en Tête this week.
Head on over to find my colorful photographs of Montreal and of the world in 8x12 and in my BRAND NEW 8x8 squares. (And, you guessed it, you can have them framed!)
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