Les voyages extraordinaires de Lady Marmelade
Books, Art & photography, Fashion & design
La couverture ! Les premières pages ! Enfin !!!
Hello les kissbankers.
Nous ne vous oublions pas, j'ai travaillé dur et que ce soit Charlotte, Chimère ou moi, nous en avons parcouru du chemin pour arriver à ce jour assez touchant où vous découvrez enfin la couverture et les premières pages que vous auriez dû recevoir depuis longtemps. Le choix du jour n'est pas anodin, c'est non seulement la fête des mamans et la mienne a attendu très longtemps que cette histoire de Lady farfelue donne quelque chose de concret. C'est par ailleurs le weekend où mon amie Aude, qui a été une des grandes contributrices du projet célèbre son propre mariage. J'avais envie de leur dédier à toutes les deux ce premier chapitre.
Nous arrivons à l'avant dernière ligne droite du projet, où la prépublication devient imminente. J'ai le mois dernier rencontré l'éditrice qui collabore avec Librinova pour me permettre de retravailler ces pages une première fois. J'étais très excitée car elle a longtemps oeuvré pour Robert Laffont et notamment certains best-sellers de la collection R', grande référence française en terme de romans de Young Adult. C'est un privilège de pouvoir être suivie par une professionnelle de cette échelle. J'espère que vous pourrez constater mes progrès d'un tome à l'autre, en attendant, il me reste de nombreuses heures en quarantaine à la bibliothèque !
Vous trouverez donc dans l'email fourni durant votre contribution, le pdf du début de l'histoire de Charlotte, où l'on découvre sa famille nombreuse et leur tradition de brunch dominical qui sera à l'origine de toute l'aventure. J'espère que ces premières pages vous feront sourire. Elles peuvent donc encore changer d'ici le jour où le livre sortira chez Librinova puis chez son éditeur final, aussi, si vous avez des commentaires, ou des suggestions, n'hésitez-pas à me les envoyer à ma nouvelle adresse email : email@example.com.
(Selon votre contribution, vous découvrirez également une playlist de musiques ayant inspiré ce début d'histoire. L'horaire de réception peut varier, j'ai 209 emails personnalisés à envoyer :) )
Comme promis, vous recevez cet extrait en exclusivité avant tout le monde. Pour cultiver un peu de mystère pour les lecteurs qui découvriront l'histoire au moment de la publication du tome 1, nous vous remercions de conserver ces pages pour vous et de ne pas les diffuser.
Sans plus attendre : TA-DA !!!
J'espère que la couverture créée par Chimère vous plait autant qu'au reste de notre équipe,
Avec à nouveau mes remerciements sincères pour votre attente.
Lucie Béluga et le reste de l'équipe du projet Lady Marmelade.
PS : Vous ne vous souvenez plus de l'adresse email fournie pendant la collecte ou avez changé d'adresse depuis ? Pas de souci, contactez-moi par email ou en message privé sur Facebook.
Librinova, Lady Marmelade dresses and other news
Nous ne vous oublions pas, loin de là, mais pour Chimère et moi il a été pas mal question de travail alimentaire ces derniers mois. Chimère a déménagé de son grand Nord pour débuter une nouvelle carrière dans une start-up et on lui souhaite plein de bonnes choses. Sophie Boss prépare plein de belles choses pour 2017 et Clara est revenue du Japon pour s'installer ici quelques temps. Ophélie continue ses aquarelles sur son blog. De mon côté, le livre avance bien, on espère vous proposer des news plus concrètes très rapidement.
En attendant, nous avons pu remettre la tenue Japon à notre généreux Kissbankers Mickaël. Pudding a elle choisit de nous laisser sa tenue Inde jusqu'à l'expo pour éviter de l'abimer.
Autre news, Librinova, l'éditeur et futur agent (on n'a pas peur d'anticiper les 1000 ventes !) du Tome 1 de Lady Marmelade fait partie des finalistes du Prix Créatrice d'avenir. Entreprise créée par 2 femmes vraiment très inspirées et passionnées qui soutiennent leurs auteurs comme je ne l'ai jamais vu dans le monde de l'édition dit classiques. Elles ne manquent jamais d'idées pour promouvoir la lecture, la culture et des auteurs qui n'auraient jamais pu trouver de public sans leur soutien. Elles ont cru au projet Lady Marmelade et sont un des piliers qui permettront au projet de voir le jour. Alors pour toutes ces raisons, si vous avez 10 secondes dans votre journée, vous pouvez leur laisser un vote (en 3 clics) sur ce lien avant dimanche. On compte sur vous !
C'est tout pour aujourd'hui, mais avec Noël qui arrive, vous pensez bien qu'on aura quelques news pour vous d'ici-là. Prenez soin de vous, venez nous donner de vos news sur nos réseaux, et à très vite pour la suite de notre aventure.
Lucie Béluga et la Team Lady Marmelade.
THE LAST PHOTOSHOOT !
A few days ago we organized the last official photoshoot for the Lady Marmelade project. The end of the shootings paid by this very crowdfunding. Now we can finish the illustrations and as soon as the text is done, the first tome will be published with Librinova publishing and shopped to other publishers. After that we will look for a place to organize our exhibition, the very last step of the project.
Ophelie is placing the final touch to the most important look : JAPAN
That day had a lighter tone to it, "only" two outfits and looks to shoot. The sun was here and so was the satisfaction of having been through this as a team, even when faced with so many setback throughout the past two years. I need to thank my team one last time, thanks to Sophie, Ophélie, Ophélia, Chimère, Clara et Éloïc for their patience.
All in all, this is very good news for our Kissbankers. The outfits bought during the crowdfunding are now available to those who bought them. And now that we are going to finish the illustrations for the book, we'll be able to produce the goodies and other memorabilia rewards (postcards etc). Just give us the time to get the money, so they'll be ready around the end of summer to be sent out to you.
It was a little bit difficult to write this newsletter because even though this isn't the end of this adventure, it closes a big chapter. Now, if you're a big reader like I am, you probably get this thing when ending something is frightful. It goes along with the excitement of turning pages. It's the fear of moving on from things and people, to dive into the unknown next. But nonetheless, I am very happy because it was more than time for me to focus on the book only.
Here's to our next chapter !
Lucie Béluga and the Lady Marmelade team.
Photoshoot #3 ! WE'RE ALMOST THERE
Hi there beloved kissbankers !
as we announced to you, we're going to try and keep this one newsletter every two weeks schedule.
So what's new ? Well our third photoshoot was planned on April 9th, at Ophelie's place. I arrived earlier than the others so that I'd be already in my first attire of the day when the rest of the crew was finally here.
Ophélie working on my 1st look
When Sophie got there, we were able to shoot almost immediatly and to keep this great timing for the whole day and shoot 4 outfits !. From Middle East to India to China, talk about some serious jetlag. When one is used to our usual pace this was an amazing day and we were quite proud of ourselves.
Sophie setting the "studio" while I stood there and giggled
Ophélia working on the "India" look
Sophie helping me with the "India" outfit corset sari dress
Guess where Lady Marmelade is in this one !
Last look of the day
Thanks to Ophélie for those cool backstage pictures
We just have one last shooting planned in order to finish the illustrations financed by this crowdfunding. Ophelia Lecomte worked as Ophelie's assistant for the day and as usual we need to thank Éloïc and Kotetsu for having us over. Thanks to the people who followed us live on Twitter and Periscope, we'll broadcast again during our next shooting on May's 1st !
In other news, I visited our agent Librinova to ask them some last minute questions before they published the first tome of Lady Marmelade's adventures. Their cute Parisian office is perfectly fit for this very warm and very client focused team. It's a little cosy place nested near the bank of La rive gauche (the litterary heart of Paris) next to l'Île de la Cité (where you can find Notre-Dame). Anyway, I loved it there, and if it weren't a working day for them all I would have stayed for hours to read the authors from their own library, sipping my tea on a comfy couch. This "we are proud of our authors" touch is malking me feel all cuddly inside. The last time I was published in a serious house, I was under the impression that I was just a number among others. At Librinova's, each quill is unique. I love them so much that I did bake them some corporate cupcakes.
In the next newsletter, we'll talk about the 4th (and last for a while) photoshoot, we'll also talk about the pledges and make a very cool announcement.
Lucie Béluga and the Lady Marmelade project team.
Lots of good news
Hello fellow kissbankers,
You might not follow us on social media, so it is time to keep you all updated. We promised good news, this is us delivering.
We started shooting again (let us remind you that without those photos, Chimère can't finish his paintings, without his paintings, the book lacks its illustrations, without a complete project we cannot pitch publishers, there can't be goodies for our kissbankers nor an exhibition ). The shooting was very physical but we keep holding on. A third shooting is planned for next Saturday, please wish us luck on this one.
The second shooting outfits by Clara Maeda
Sophie's assistant for the day, Kotetsu
Ophélie doing what she does best
in between looks
Mostly we won a pitch contest at Paris book fair, which implies that a first edition of the first installment of Lady Marmelade's adventures will be published this summer !
We'll talk about it again but in the meantime, thank you for your support and patience. None of this could have been able without you. Here's the video of the pitching session at the book fair (it's in French sorry :/)
Have a nice sunday, talk to you soon !
Lucie Béluga and the rest of the Lady Marmelade's team
Don't hesitate to follow us on social media :
You get to vote !
The Lady Marmelade Tea Party
Often, when one writes a book, one is alone facing paper. Sometimes, when one creates such a project as Lady Marmelade, one can feel a little disheartened or powerless. Last Saturday, we held the overdue kissbankers tea party for those who chose this compensation. I can easily speak for Chimère and Sophie by saying that on this day, we were anything but alone. We truly felt each of you cheering us up through the present kissbankers. We felt rich and strong with your support. We weren't 10 at the table, but 209 ! And for someone used to scribble alone, there is no greater thing than being able to share a story with people who appreciate it. Just writing about it or sorting the pictures from Saturday makes me emotional and thankful.
We held the tea party at Rose Thé in Bastille. The tea parlor was extremely patient with my all vegan menu request. It was a first for the House and quite a success for my taste buds. Corinne (who owns Rose Thé) is quite the amazing cook so it was a pretty safe bet from the start. I wanted a cosy place to hold the event, as cosy as inviting people over to my home for tea. We were lucky, not only was it very sunny that day, but also the tea parlor wasn't jammed with people.
In between a piece of lemon fondant or chocolate cake, we showed 2 big prints of Chimère illustrations. He had come from Lille just for the day. We also presented 2 costumes of the project created by Clara Maeda and bought by crowdfunders. I was wearing a third costume, the one that would be the lightest to wear on a summer day. When it was time to leave, everyone got a gift bag with a spices mix and a jar of fresh homemade Charlotte's curd.
Time went by really fast, but I think that in between the news about the project and the laughter, we did have a few minutes to talk about some other things and just enjoy this peaceful parenthesis.
After this big landmark, the Lady Marmelade team needs to thank each of you again to help us bring this adventure to life. Thanks to Rose Thé. Thanks to Sarah, Laetitia, Pudding, Laurent, Emmanuel, Pierre, Lucie & Mickaël to have spent the day with us.
On a personal level, I also would like to thank my team who accepted this crazy challenge before we even knew it could become reality. Thx Chimère for creating such an unbelievable universe to write about. Thank you Sophie for your eyes coming from another century who can show things the way people aren't able to see them anymore. Thx to Leucosie and Clara, our brush and needle extraordinaires. We missed you on that day, but we thought fondly about you.
Are you ready for the next step ?
Ps : more pictures of the Tea Party on my facebook
Spices and tea for our kissbankers
Un pot de Charlotte's Curd à gagner
For those of you who couldn't pledge on the special curd reward inspired by the novel, I just threw a little contest on my Facebook page. Win a jar of my Charlotte's curd (made out of blood oranges) to celebrate the 1000 fans of this page. A draw will be made Monday 5 @ 2pm (Paris time) between the people who shared and commented the post.
There's where you need to go if you wish to win : https://www.facebook.com/luciebeluga
Have a nice end of the year and thanks for your support during this most hardworking year.
The Lady Marmelade team wishes you and your families the best for the holidays
ATTENTION SPOILER FOR "GOURMET-GOURMAND" AND "SOUVENIRS SOUVENIRS" KITS
We are very proud to present you Charlotte's Curd, the first batch was dispatched to the kissbankers who chose this pledge :
Hogwarts spirits were summoned with our handwritten wax sealed postcards (here's to my wrist which isn't used to pen writing anymore)
Another package that we started sending this week : some souvenirs from Lady M's travels. Special spices mixes and recipes to know how to use them.
The next newsletter is due in 2015, but in the meantime, don't hesitate to send us some words on the project page and/or on our Facebook pages.
Thanks for everything,
Lucie Béluga and the Lady Marmelade team.
Where we talk cooking and cauldrons
FOOD. With writing and the sky, as far as I can remember, it has always been an obsession, a pleasure, a passion. I was always first at the table, always last to clear up my plate. It is no coincidence, if my first cookbook has already been published, while my novels, short stories etc are still gathering dust inside my drawers. No accidental happening either when Chimère asked me to write about his Lady Marmelade. With such a name, transforming her travels into a scrumptious Odysseus was not only logical, but also quite obvious. This probably explains better why so many pledges dealt with food. Even though we take our time to get back to our kissbankers, I wanted to tell you about a few of those special retributions.
1) The cooking lesson
Clara Maeda's mom happily surprised me by getting this compensation. Therefore last winter, I traveled by train to Normandy with my spices satchel to give the very first cooking lesson of my life ! Initially planned for one person this lesson was to be taught in front of 5 multilingual very good cooks. Despite the challenge, I had an amazing time. We cooked a curry and some samossas in a warm and joyful atmosphere until late in the afternoon. Probably busy with the memory of this great afternoon, none of us remember where the pictures of this day eneded up hahaha.
2) The picnic
This summer, the awesome Élodie met me in the Vincennes woods (next to Paris) for a picnic that I am still proud of to this day. In the menu were, a grilled graffiti eggplant tower with 2 pestos and a cashew cheese, mini fennel, onion and Vegusto cheese pizzas, salads, gazpachos and smoothies. All homemade, all vegan, as Élodie is also a non omnivore like me. I think she enjoyed my selection.
3) The Take-out dinner
Au couple of days ago, Steven and I finally set a day for his compensation (I had been stalking and annoying him for months hahaha). I added a few surprises to my delivery and I am particularly happy because even though my "Chicken Masala" happened to be vegan, Steven told me they ate it all (and there was a lot to eat ^^) and liked it.
In a nutshell, even though things are going more slowly than in other crowdfunding projects, we are getting even, one kissbanker at a time. It is something very dear to my heart, as much as driving the Marmelade project to its final production.
See you next week for other cool news !
Lucie Béluga and the Lady Marmelade team.
Step #2 : Paris
After the huge newsletter that we published about Great-Britain (btw thanks for all your nice feedback , next time don't hesitate to post them here <3), we're making it a little shorter and a little more efficient with the Paris chapter. First a little intro with Leucosie's moodboard :
The first drawings from Leucosie
And the outfit all finished (I keep getting it out of its plastic wrap just to sigh watching it) !
The matching bloomer is just adorable ! And God, this faux-cul !!
So, what do you think ?
I don't want to spoil anything and every time I announce something for a precise dateline I just can't keep my word. Nevertheless all my gonna say is that I can't wait for the holidays. (wink wink)
Lucie Béluga and the Lady Marmelade.
From sketches to final illustrations : Great-Britain
This time, no frills or fuss, we packing heat in this newsletter and show you ALL the phases of one step of the story. It is a bit tedious, but it will demonstrate how intertwined everyone's work is with each other's.
Phase 1 :
in Lille (north of France), Chimère unveils his vision pour for chapter and the location with a first quite developed digital draft without the characters or using mock-up engravings. Smells like Jane Austen, doesn't it ?
Phase 2 :
In Paris, I draft the chapter guidelines, the main adventures, the themes, etc. Sorry English readers <3 translation will only come once the book is done.
Phase 3 :
In Japan, once she's visualized Chimère's work and seen my ideas, Clara draws a sketch and finds fabric that will fit to the chapter's atmosphere.
Phase 4 :
In Ile-de-France, after she's taken notice of the color direction and the future costume style, Leucosie creates a corresponding moodboard for make-up and hairstyle inspiration. She then draws many (like many many) sketchs and one final watercolor painting.
Phase 5 :
Clara then hand makes the outfit and sends it to France.
Phase 6 :
(those are a bit blurry because they are screen captures from our future making-of) We all gather in a Normandy studio to shoot the costumes. I am really lucky to get to wear the various outfits and to get Leucosie to do my hair and make-up according to her sketches. What a one-of-a-kind opportunity !
Sophie, our photographer, then proceeds to 2 different photo-shoots per outfit :
One in front of a white screen, under the artistic direction of Chimère. He knows what light and what posture he needs, to later incorporate the result in his illustrations.
One in front of a red velvet screen. There Sophie is a bit more free and the idea is to use those as 19th century portraits.
Phase 7 :
Once Chimère has selected the ones he preferred, Sophie post-prods the pictures.
Phase 8 : TADA !!!!
Chimère finalizes his illustrations (in this one, the umbrella needs to change). Our long delays, enables him to make other unplanned illustrations (to present the chapters, or to illustrate the middle of a paragraph etc.).
Phase 9 :
I can finish my writing, enriched with everyones's previous ideas.
Étape 10 :
Chimère designs the chapter format with all these element (as were big meanies, we'll show you that another time ;) )
As we don't have all the pictures yet, we haven't been trough this last phase. That's when we can use the final products to send the book to publishers and at last but not least to our dear kissbankers, create postcards and other cool goodies. Don't worry those will come !
We would have loved to show you all this from the beginning. Nonetheless, as we are all five of us crazy artsy people, with a thousand ideas per minute, this process isn't as tidy as shown above, and most times we work on different phases for different chapters at the same moment, which is very messy. For most chapters, we are still stuck at step 5 so we still have a LOT of work ahead of us.
Don't hesitate if you have any questions.
Lucie Béluga and the Lady Marmelade team
Postal excitement, team spirit and ... yet another delay :(
Let's start with the good news first, we received Clara's second parcel a few days ago. We now have 7 complete outfits out of 10 !! It's always such a privilege to receive something from Japan, yet there is a special kind of excitement when one opens a Clara Maeda's parcel. From the effort put into the packaging, to the neat and delicate writing of the address, to the sweet pink tissue paper protecting her creations. And then, you get to discover the costumes in the flesh, em I mean in the fabric. Even after seeing them in pictures (yes ,we do plan on showing them to you eventually ! ), the sight is quite impressive. The flawless craftsmanship, the cutting precision and the finishing touches are juste astonishing. Each step of this project, makes me thankful to work with artists as talented as Clara !
The designer hatching her creations until the very last moment !
The recipient, quite overwhelmed :
A little sneak pic of the wonderful content :
Let's switch to the less enjoyable piece of news. A member of our team has serious health problems, so we are now forced to postpone the 2nd photoshoot (planned for this weekend). Usually, we don't share the personal reasons for our delays. Yet, this time we had specified the date in a previous newsletter, and this was to be a pretty big step for us. We asked ourselves, if we should replace the person on the photoshoot set. Yet even if we're geographically challenged, we are a really cohesive team and we care about respecting each other's life rhythms. Whether our problems come from bad health, bad finances, or family issues, each of us has at some point in the timeline had a hard time. It comes with long project territories. But we started together and think that going on with one member short would be too tough on us. So this replacement question was unjustified. What is curious, is that this same question comes a few times in the novel. Here is not the time or place to unleash spoilers on anyone, but let's say that one learns a lot from one's characters. This is why we decided to prolong the waiting and delay this photoshoot. It will be rescheduled in 1 or 2 months. But you can count on us to keep you updated, we now start to have quite a lot of content to keep us and you busy.
In the meantime, please send kisses and support messages to our missing member, we'll forward them all. And thanks again for your ongoing patience !
Lucie Béluga and the Lady Marmelade team.
Leucosie's moodboard #1 Great Britain
Les premiers shootings !
Summer has been long and fruitful for our team and since we all work on various projects, it went by very fast. Thus a new lack of newsletters and delays in the incentive process. Luckily, Leucosie has been the best ally and has documented our first shooting in July perfectly. Since we just set the date of the second shooting in November (planning is so difficult and the studio is in Normandy), here is Leucosie's account :
Des machines à vapeur aux technologies 2.0
Ophélie s'empare de la newsletter et vous fait visiter la ville spectacle
Pour poursuivre le sujet « inspiration » lancé par Lucie Béluga, c’est à mon tour de prendre la parole.
Marmelade à l'évènement Following Alice et la Tea Party des contributeurs !
Where we talk trains and lolita gowns (finally)
From this newsletter on, we will try to talk a little bit about inspiration. Indeed, since showing my dirty drafts and random excerpts would not be really interesting, I have selected for the weeks to come some of the story's most direct inspirations. Hope this will make up for the delay. Then you will get some news about the costumes (more precisely the sketches) and will finally get to see Clara's first creation.
A BEWITCHING TRAIN
Way before the Hogwarts Express, another train used to fuel writers imagination with its magical aura. Exotic and mysterious destinations, an extraordinary comfort, opulent was the word. This palace on rails, by merging space (inner and outer) was a melting pot for both humans and feelings. Pretty soon, it became the "imaginary" playground for murders, love stories and many adventures.
When I was little, I was much more used to planes and other magic brooms. That explains why on a heated summer, reading in a dusty attic instead of suntanning on a beach, when i discovered this train in my dear friend Agatha's universe. I fell completely and irrevocably in love with it. When I started traveling on my own, I would always chose trains and my writing was quickly on board with that decision. The clattering of the rails as a lullaby, the landscapes fluctuating along the thoughts, I have never written better than in a rolling train car. Still, I never had the chance to enter my famous crush, at best had we caught a glimpse of each other one day in la Gare de l'Est.
Long before the schedule of its exhibition at the l'Institut du Monde Arabe, the Orient Express had come to Chimère and my mind for one of the fragments of our Lady's voyage. So when the train appeared, opened and welcoming on Jussieu square, I could not resist : I took my little notebooks and went scribbling a few words of the novel in this unbelievable setting. Not many though because of course, guards watch out for lunatics of my type and they made sure I wasn't settling there. Enough to put some lasting glitters in my eyes and at night to run miles of texts about the clear path of the oh so dim chapter 9.
If you ever come to Paris before the end of summer, go to see this exhibition, you'll see, the Orient Express is magic and a fuel for ideas.
We've been criticized about the lack of pictures available so far. As a matter of fact, we do have a lot already, for instance, all the costume sketches. Still it is very complex to know what to show and when. We feel that it is only normal to show them to the people who pledged for them first. How does the sketches selection occur ? Just like the costumes, our kissbankers are contacted one by one, the person who pledged first gets first choice etc. It is a long process because we do not wish to rush our kissbankers and since Clara's pictures are to die for, they are having a pretty hard time choosing.
Leucosie has almost finished the make-up and hair sketches, she had to see Clara's sketches to be able to finish her own work. We have scheduled a meeting to check them out together in a few days.
CLARA'S FIRST SKETCH
In the meantime, it is my pleasure to present Clara's first sketch which is what Lady Marmelade wears at the beginning of the adventure. As a well-to-do family daughter, fresh and naive, she displays an outfit full of ruffles in tones of powder pink and cream, which reflect her youth and the influence of her social background on her upbringing. Very much inspired by the Lolita style, this outfit will please Clara's fans with its classical shape and the finesse of it small details (the puff sleeves pleats, the delicate bows...).
I still don't know if we should show you one sketch at a time. They all have their own universe and it seems almost barbaric to just shove them all in your face at once. Would you be interested (just for the 10 sketches) to receive more than one newsletter per week or would than be too much ? In other news, Chimere is working on a nice little website for the project, for those who do not enjoy social medias.
Anyway catch the next newsletter for more news about Lady Marmelade. (Hopefully our layout problem will have solved, I am currently recruiting house elves).
Where the hell did she go ?
Because writing also means living and living is to keep holding on even in the difficult moments of life, I had to momentarily step back from the social medias. However, let it be known that the Marmelade project is in no way on pause or that the team is just basking in the sun enjoying your pledges. :) We're far far from that ! I thought about sending three smaller theme-centered messages but since I wouldn't want to frustrate anyone any longer, here's everything you need to know so that you can pick any information you'd need.
The novel is going slower than planned because I spend most of my days writing to pay the rent. But the good thing, is that it is going very well. We are also trying to assemble documents in order to create a future exhibition portfolio that visitors will be able to order online. I also started to write the little "how to get published" since before shopping a manuscript around, one needs to know how to write a manuscript. Indeed, it seemed useful to give you a few tips to get started and not give up on your future book. As I will explain in the preface, I am of course far from being an expert ! Yet I've tried to get published for a while and succeeded in that accumulating many mistakes. This guide will list them to make you save time. The idea behind those guides is to provide comfort and motivational guidance for your own projects.
All the drafts have been drawn by Clara Maeda, and soon enough you will be able to get an exclusive look at them. We took measurements and did our first fittings through skype since Clare lives in Japan. It was fun in a way to tell that we had a meeting with the other side of the planet at one in the morning. Internet makes time difference very easy ! The working corset was incredibly comfortable ! I can't even begin to imagine how the final pieces will be wonderful. For the next fittings, we have been lucky enough to catch our costume maker during a flash trip to France. Again the pieces point toward final masterpieces.
When we met I took a chance to give the cooking lesson I owed to Clara's family. A very happy day folding samossas (creole dish) and teaching them an Indian recipe. Every one participated and I believe my "students" where quite happy with this experience. It made me want to go back to cooking a little and I hope that I will be able to tell you more about that in the future.
Other incentives reached their Kissbankers, Pierre chose the notebook in which I will write for him a manuscript version of the story. Iman got her cushions etc.
In the next few weeks, I will finish my recipe for the vegan curd and keep working on the novel.
Of course, since the project is taking longer than we drafted, if you are no longer satisfied or wish to get your pledge back, I am more than inclined to make sure we reach an arrangement. We want to produce a perfect labor and not a sloppy project which implies everyone takes his or her time. We are particularly happy of the freedom you all offered to us through this campaign and we WILL make sure that the results hold up to your expectation and patience. We will now send you a weekly newsletter so keep an eye open for us
There you go, talk to you soon and may I had a kiss on both of your considerate cheeks !
Lucie Béluga and the rest of the lady Marmelade team.
PS : If anyone out there had a Mac Adobe suite to lend to me, we could get back to a more Lady Marmelade like layout for our Gazettes ! (Don't worry we'll get there soon).
The FINAL COUNTDOWN
Tomorrow at 4pm30 (Paris time) we will end 43 days of an epic funding.
We laughed, we cried, we discovered some truly amazing people, ready to help us, no matter how. Thanks to you, we almost reached our second goal that was to collect enough to print our paintings. We collected 400 euros in a week out of the 620 we need even though you had already given us everything.
During this last day, don't hesitate to share the page link again, not to ask you friends to participate, but by pride, because this project, is now your project.
So congratulations to all and to all a thank you as long and mythical as the journey ahead of Lady Marmelade.
ps : we'll soon be back with the incentive planning.
And now ? D-6
For this participation to our little card castle.
For following us, eyes wide shut, when honnestly we sometimes didn't know where we would even go.
For supporting a relentless spam on each network we were.
For bearing when everything would get on my nerves, when my schedule would change at the last minute, my bitten nails, and my vegan food litanies.
For not taking personnaly those same nerves when I would become slighty tyrannical with my requests for you to pledge here.
For broadcasting our voices beyong our family and friends circles.
For having us laugh and breath when the air was getting thinner and burnt our eyes.
For giving when you had almost nothing.
For pledging a second or a third time, commenting, liking when we needed you to.
For believing when others just ignored.
Thanks to you, this is the beginning of an amazing adventure, a journey that is not only that of our favorite ginger lady. I hope that this story, this exhibition may even change a few lives.
I will never be able to thank you enough, but whoever you are, if you read this, please know that I love you, as I most rarely say it.
Lucie Béluga and the rest of project Marmelade's team.
Il reste 12 jours. 12 jours pour réaliser un rêve qui implique maintenant plus d'une centaines de personnes. Si on réussit, je m'engage à vous faire voyager avec une histoire qui sera à la hauteur de votre soutien. De vous faire sourire, rire et peut-être même avoir la larmichette à l'oeil. Celle que l'on a lorsque l'on termine les dernières pages d'un livre que l'on a adoré et que l'on quitte à regret des personnages qui nous ont donné envie de nous dépasser. Je m'engage à vous aider à réaliser vos rêves à vous. À vous porter de la même manière que vous nous aurez soutenus sur ce projet. Si vous croyez en nous, n'hésitez pas à convaincre vos proches de participer, même un peu. Un petit don qui pourrait nous faire aller très loin.