Paris in Stride: The Tour!

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It’s too easy to compare publishing a book to giving birth. I’ve yet to do the latter, but I’ll surely try working as many metaphors as possible. Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide (Rizzoli) is expected any day now (March 27th to be exact). The contractions are coming on strong (it’s released on Tuesday!). And she’s crowing (#1 Amazon New Release!). It’s all terribly exciting although it will surely change my life forever (here’s hoping!). I’m happy to announce, it’s a…a…book tour.  I’m taking this baby on the road coming to a city hopefully near you: New York, DC & Chicago. I’ve set up some really cool events and I’d be delighted to meet you in person, share about my work, process, Paris and insider tips.

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Once again, I have the thank you all. All the preorders have been wonderful. I feel like Jeff Bezos is smiling at us. If it’s still possible for you to leave an Amazon review on March 27th, it’s the final small favor I will ask of you to make sure that this fabulous book gets as much visibility as possible.  I won’t try to explain the algorithm in Franco-American pig latin, but all I know is that preorders and first day reviews are the magic combination to get a bonafide high five from Bezos & co. It doesn’t have to be anything too intellectual, just 1-2 sentences about why you (hopefully) adore the book.

Look forward to meeting you soon, dear book foot soldier.

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I’m delighted to invite you to the official launch of Paris in Stride with a lively roundtable discussion “Paris vs NYC” moderated by Travel + Leisure‘s Nina Ruggiero with fellow Francophile authors Nichole Robertson , Amy Thomas, Lisa Anselmo and Kristen Beddard  and wine courtesy of Gerard Bertrand. RSVP here.

March 27th, 6:00 PM Rizzoli Bookstore 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

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Whether you have a love affair with Paris or are looking to hone your artistic skills, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Join us for an interactive evening of art, food, and conversation with myself and moderator Ann Mah, DC- and Paris-based journalist and author. We will dish on life in Paris, the creative process, and tips for aspiring writers and artists. And that’s not all-we’ll take part in an exclusive watercolor workshop led by Jessie, using local, woman-made food products as our still-life muses. Book a ticket here.

April 3rd, 6:30PM Logan Exchange 1509 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036

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Please join us for a creative evening where I’ll talk about Paris in Stride, my work and teach a watercolor course. We will have a wine and cheeseboard available during the event, as well. Reserve a ticket here.

April 6th, 6:30PM Read It & Eat 2142 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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I’ll be discussing my book, joined in conversation by Chicago photographer and Francophile Rebecca Plotnick. More about the event here.

April 7th, 3:00PM 57th Street Books 1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

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Everyone dreams of moving to a new country and starting over completely. But how do you take an ambitious dream and turn it into a satisfying life and career? This panel discussion asks the question firsthand to a panel of ambitious women who have launched successful businesses in France, Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini, the mother and daughter duo behind the cooking school The Cook’s Atelier in Beaune and myself, moderated by editorial director of Cherry Bombe Magazine Kerry Diamond. RSVP here.

April 17th, 6:00PM L’Appartement New York – Sezane  254 Elizabeth St New York, NY 10012

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Preorder Paris in Stride HERE.

A Guide to Women in Food, Paris

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When developing the idea for my forthcoming book Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide (Rizzoli March 27) with my coauthor Sarah Moroz, the challenge was finding the sweet spot between creating a pragmatic walking guide and a beautifully evocative representation of the timeless city that keeps drawing back dreamers, artists and tourists alike. I would have loved to have dedicated an entire guided walk to all the amazing women in the restaurant scene who have trained in Paris and opened up some of the most unique food businesses in Paris over the last couple of years. And frankly, many have been on the forefront of some of the biggest dining trends: food trucks, vegan eateries and fast/casual spots. Instead I’ve compiled a growing shortlist of some of my favorites to support on your next trip to the City of Light.

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Muscovado 1 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris

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yam’Tcha 121 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

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Ellsworth 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris / Verjus 52 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris

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Chez Aline, 85 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris

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Sur Mer 53 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris

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Treize Bakery 16 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris

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Zia 22 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris

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Ten Belles Bread 17-19 Rue Breguet, 75011 Paris

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Combat 63 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris

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Rachel’s 25 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris

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La Bête Noire 58 Rue Henri Barbusse, 75005 Paris

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Mokonuts 5 Rue Saint-Bernard, 75011 Paris

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Le Supercoin 3 Rue Baudelique, 75018 Paris

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Le Camion Qui Fume 168 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris 8 la guignette d'angele_Jessie Kanelos Weiner

La Guinguette d’Angele 2 Rue du Général Renault, 75011 Paris7 La buvette

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Jay & Joy 5 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris

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Etsi 23 Rue Eugène Carrière, 75018 Paris

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Boneshaker 77 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris

-Planning a trip to Paris soon or just dreaming of it? Preorder by book Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide (Rizzoli March 27th) with 7 guided walking tours to really explore the City of Light like a local. It’s as pragmatic as it is beautiful with over 150+ gorgeous watercolors of the timeless details that make Paris Paris.  Order here.

-Telerama just compiled a list of all the female chefs in France here breaking it down zip code by zip code.

-Have another amazing restaurant or business to add to the list? Send it to me at thefrancofly@gmail.com.

 

Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide

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I love traveling. The internet is great for scouting out places, but I always struggle with putting together an itinerary that’s concise, pragmatic and interesting enough to inspire meandering and really getting a sense of a city. But after living in Paris for almost 10 years, I’ve found a way to break down the city into one perfect little book...

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I’m thrilled to share with you my forthcoming book Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide, to be published by Rizzoli New York on March 27th, 2018.  I teamed up with Franco-American culture writer Sarah Moroz (Vogue, I-D, Another, The New York Times) and we walked every inch of Paris from twisty cobblestoned streets to wide boulevards, canals, and parks, and organized seven irresistible walking tours with over 150 vibrant watercolor illustrations—from maps and markets, wine bars, shops, cheeses, and oh-so-French signage to our favorite architecture, patisserie, and packaging. We make no claim that Paris in Stride is comprehensive—rather it is the personal take of two engaged, creative, spirited people with great taste packaged into a beautiful, cherishable object—exactly who you would want to show you around!

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This is where you come in, dear reader. I’m writing to request that you preorder a copy today. I know you’re thinking, “I thought Amazon was the devil? Why should I bother preordering when I can buy it at my local independent bookstore?” First of all, I send you a hug of gratitude for fighting the good fight against Jeff Bezos. But these days, even before a book comes out, Amazon preorders estimate the overall success of a book, how often it will pop up in searches and ultimately how many copies will be sold. So it’s a small way to support an up-and-coming artist and author.

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So if you already dream of visiting Paris or if you’re already dying to go back, I hope you can take a quick second to preorder a copy today and take a moment to leave an Amazon review on March 27th.  In any case thank you kindly for your love and encouragement throughout the many years I have called this fabulous city my home. And I can’t wait till Paris in Stride officially introduces you to my Paris.

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Preorder HERE. And I’ll be sure to update you soon about my US book tour and the behind the scenes of the making of Paris in Stride.

How to be an illustrator (or insert any other creative profession)

how-to-be-an-illustrator_thefrancofly.com_jessie-kanelos-weinerCongratulations! You have an ounce of artistic talent and you want to take it to the next level. I was there too not too long ago with a head full of ideas but no actual sense of how to make it happen. How do you move beyond the clichés of being an artist (a sun-filled studio with oversized windows, watercolor stained shirt sleeves, champagne ambitions & lentil budgets) and into the pragmatic building blocks of a creative career? Working for oneself never really grants concrete moments of introspection or a boss to ask how it’s going. But on the occasion of publishing my second book stateside Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide (Rizzoli March 27th), I compiled a list of a few pointers that helped me build a successful career as an illustrator, but these can easily be applied to writing, painting, photography, you name it.  This isn’t a proven method as I still waste most of the day staring out the window and counting down the minutes to lunchtime. But these are some tips I hold close to my heart and still remind myself of from time to time….

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Draw everyday. If you want to be an illustrator, then do everything in your power to create the time and space to do that. This is classic, art school bang-your-head-on-the-wall advice, but improvement only comes from daily practice.

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Where do I start? Just look around you. When I moved to Paris indefinitely, I already knew how to draw more or less but was still stumped about what to draw. But being vulnerable in a new surrounding meant I was constantly drafting stories in my head about being an expat (hello, phone book of paperwork!), finding my place in an often bizarre country (why was the cheese platter the only thing that spoke to me at French house parties?) and adopting daily French customs into my daily life (French breakfast, American waistline). Putting a story with a visual was the ultimate catalyst for creating engaging illustrations and a selling point when contacting art directors.

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Understand the market. Look at your work on screens big and small. Can it be understood on an Instagram feed? Does it stand out in a sea of fleeting attention spans? Since we are all saturated with photos 24/7, think about what can’t be photographed and start drawing that. Additionally a few years back, I noticed news sites incorporating gifs on their home pages. I started developing my own technique and it’s become a vital asset in my portfolio. side-hustle_Jessie-Kanelos-Weiner

Let’s be honest. Most artists may never make a living doing what they love to do. After 6 years of working as a freelance illustrator and food stylist (my side hustle), I’m finally making a living just as an illustrator alone. Food styling taught me a lot about time management, building a composition, meeting client expectations in a microscopic work environment and jump started my creative professional network. All La Vie Bohème fantasies aside, a living must be made. Find another professional activity that allows you the time and resources to improve your craft and the backup stability during the unstable early days of freelancing.

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Publish often. Having trouble creating everyday? Give yourself a deadline of how often you want to share work and stick with the schedule. Write a little bit about it and the process in making it. It helps connect yourself to other creative people and is a good exercise in talking about your work before professional appointments. Still stuck finding inspiration? Be your own art director and assign yourself a dream project (say, a fig scarf for Hermès. I’m still working on that one). It puts into perspective client demands, brand identity, developing your own artistic angle and communicates with the world the kind of work you would like to make.

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Go out. I’m not trying to make myself seem special here, but not everyone “gets” what it’s like being an artist. No, it’s not about the occasional cheese cube & champagne flute proud moments of an opening or book launch. But it’s the nitty-gritty of working through instability, daily rejection and all the little things that make this a mostly impossible career choice. But being surrounded by other creative people gives you the nourishment, validation and brainstorming face time to push ideas forward. It’s no coincidence that artistic movements happen in big cities when artists are sitting around in cafés and avoiding the work they should be doing.

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Be a master in your domain. Immerse yourself in your passions even if they aren’t directly related to your artistic practice. Love food? Take cooking classes and learn how to write recipes. It improves your understanding of the subject and can open up opportunities in the future for maybe writing your own cookbook and being the sole author of a project.

be kind to yourselfBe nice. My best metaphor for being a freelance artist is blowing up a bunch of balloons and trying to keep them all in the air at the same time. Sometimes one will fall to the ground, but hopefully there’s a steady rhythm of keeping them all afloat while also having the foresight to blow up a few ones along the way. It can be an exhausting process being an artist, but it’s also crazily dynamic and the pay-off is ultimately up to you. But it’s essential to be kind to yourself and others, know your limits, carve out time to feed that creative spirit and just be patient.

Tip speed round: always keep a stock of postcards, thank you cards and business cards on hand (sometimes an old-fashioned method has the greatest impact for getting seen), don’t spend too much time looking at the work of others, hire an accountant when you have the means, be frugal, trust your gut when working with new people, buy this book, don’t work for free, reach out to artists you admire on social media (you never know how they can help you out and vice-versa) and be generous with young artists.

Good luck, my friend! It’s a long, meandering road to becoming an illustrator or pursuing anything beyond the realm of the 9-5. But if you’ve found that creative light switch, that borderline spiritual urge to take an idea to its fruition, then do a little everyday and see for yourself.  -jkw

Have a specific question? Tweet me at @thefrancofly.

Preorder my forthcoming book Paris in Stride here.

 

 

 

Valentines for Francophiles!

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A collection of Valentine’s Day cards for the franco-fiend in your life: the gourmand, the “summer water” drinker, the Paris Fashion Week stalker, the home cook who loves Julia Child as much as Marvin Gaye, the contemporary art snob. I’ve got you covered.

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Need a little Parisian pick-me-up?  Preorder my book Paris in Stride. Lauren Collins, author of When in French and staff writer at The New Yorker says “it’s like your fantasy BFF crossed with Google Maps.” And all the cobblestoned streets, corner bistros and architectural wonders are gorgeously illustrated in breathtaking watercolor with a healthy dose of whimsy. It’s the book to make a Francophile’s heart sing or IOU Valentine’s Day gift. Preorder here.

Eshop!

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Just in time for the ho-ho-ho and mistletoe, I just launched a shiny new eshop ready for the holiday rush.

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It includes prints of some of my favorite illustrations, ready to frame and hang.

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All prints are lovingly hand-signed in watercolor in my studio in Paris and wrapped in recyclable packaging with a few special touches added to each order.

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Add a little joie-de-vivre to your holiday season with the gift of watercolor.

Discover the collection HERE.

Photos ©Virginie Perocheau

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Save the date: If you prefer to purchase in person, I’ll be signing books, selling prints from my shop along with other holiday treats at the Vente de Noël / Christmas Sale at the storied artist studios, Usine Chapal in Montreuil. Over 20+ artists will be selling their creations, too.

December 2-3rd from 11am-7pm

Opening vernissage December 1st from 18h….

2 rue Marcelin Berthelot 93100 Montreuil.

 

More info here.