Inspired by Titouan Lamazou

IMG_4940Coming home to France has united me with endless upon endless cardboard boxes sitting in a dark, dank basement. Opening them has brought back reminders of life here, as well as lots of neat trinkets that I cherished hanging on my walls.

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One such find was a 2012 calendar by French artist Titouan Lamazou.

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Looking through that calendar and then a book by him entitled Femmes du Monde, I remembered why I loved his collage, wispy illustration style so much. I think you will like him too.

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Lamazou has literally travelled the world, publishing his travel sketchbooks along the way such as Carnets de voyage and Africaines des grands lacs. Known for his boat riding escapades to foreign lands, he was recognized as the UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2003 and works on projects with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

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Some of my favorite pieces of his work are from his travels through Mali, Niger and Mauritania, as well as a series in Brazil. I can only imagine the stories he has yet to tell.

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He is not as present on the web as say in a French bookstore, but have a look around and see for yourself.

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