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In her work I saw a lot of family scenes, cosy interiors and woman alone enjoying a book or a cup of tea all having this serenity and stillness to them. Her work to me personally represents slow living, gentleness towards ourselves and time for reflection.
For the Take 5 Collection this was exactly what we were looking for. For this collection I used my personal reflections on motherhood. It took some inner soul searching to elaborate this collection, some alone time to think about what Motherhood had taught me over the years. For this reason Saar made the illustration on the Note to self card and for the packaging I gave her ‘carte blanche’, only letting her know I wanted something more ‘adult’ and abstract.
When/how did you find out about your talent?
My grandmother and mother were both illustrators so I don’t know anything different than there was always drawing at the kitchen table.
How did you get in touch with Lennebelle Petites? How did the process of briefing and designing go?
I met Lenneke via a common friend. When we were talking at a cup of coffee, she asked me to illustrate a box for her new collection. It was a joy to work on together we set the colours and mood board. In different phases of the illustration we had contact about how to proceed and so it turned out to be a product of the two of us.
What is your ‘signature’ when it comes to your work?
I mostly draw sceneries of daily life, in which my signature is, I think, in the use of color and the quietness kept in a moment.
What was your favourite job/assignment this far?
I really can’t choose between the projects i’m working on. I love the fact they’re all different. Sometimes illustrations, patterns, photography or paintings. I like the alternation.
What is your favourite item from the Take 5 Collection? And why?
My favourite of the new collection is the dice. as the shape is so simple. and it has the excitement of looking forward as you don’t know what you will get in life.
In collaboration with Lennebelle Jewerly, Saar Manche designed the illustration for the packaging and the illustration on the ‘note to self’ card.