Julie Marabelle, Amsterdam based Illustrator & Founder of Famille Summerbelle
Julie Marabelle, illustrator and founder of www.FamilleSummerbelle.com was born in France and studied Visual Arts at Ecole d'Arts Apliqués Oliver de Serres and then Set Design at Central Saint Martins in London. Following the birth of her first child, Ophelia, Julie and her British husband set up Famille Summerbelle to create products and decorative items for a family home. Whilst working as a set designer Julie would make small scale models using a scalpel to cut paper and card. This passion for cutting paper is evident in the beautiful things she creates for the Famille Summerbelle range and her paper cut maps are one of their most popular products. After living in London and Paris they spent six months travelling the world; you can follow the journey on their blog. They have now settled in Amsterdam and recently had their third child.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE RED SALT-WATERS?
Because they match my red nail varnish! Ophelia loves her yellow sandals as they are very girly and so comfortable to wear.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM?
I really like the retro style of the Original sandals and I love the colour red. It's such a fun and happy colour for Summer. They go very well with my dark blue overall and also with my jeans skirt.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR YOU?
I had my third child four months ago so there is no such thing as a typical day or night at the moment! During the school term we usually wake up at 7am, get the kids ready and cycle to school with the three of them on the Bakfiets bike. It's a typical Dutch bike with a long wooden box at the front where the children sit. Téo goes in the Maxi Cosi inside the box. We all love the ride to school along the canals. Téo is still a small baby so I am working from home at the moment. I do all the creative work and run Famille Summerbelle from there. I do most of my work in the morning and answer emails before the kids come home from school at 4pm. We usually go to the park if it's a sunny day or play at home when it's raining, prepare dinner and relax a bit when the kids have gone to bed around 8pm.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
My children, living in a new city and cycling around town.
HOW DO YOU RELAX?
Ah that's a good question! With three young kids it's quite a challenge to relax. I would go for a bike ride around the canals, go for a coffee with a friend and have a nap when I can!
WHAT IS THE LAST MUSIC GIG YOU WENT TO?
I went to see Jungle in Amsterdam when I was six months pregnant with Téo.
WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
My mother. She raised her five children in the most loving, fun and creative way.
WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?
I don't really have one in particular but if I had to choose it would be Tsumori Chisato, Paola Navone and India Mahdavi.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE ARTIST?
I have many favourite artists! Since we moved to the Netherlands I discovered the work of some incredible Dutch artists such as Merijn Hos and his colourful painted masks. Dirk Vander Kooij makes beautiful chairs with a single string of plastic from old refrigerators crafted by a robot!
WHAT WAS THE LAST EXHIBITION YOU SAW?
Matisse at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
WHAT DO YOU EAT FOR LUNCH?
Simple and easy. A salad with bread and cheese.
IF WE WERE TO VISIT AMSTERDAM, WHAT TOP FIVE THINGS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND WE DO?
First of all, rent a bike! Amsterdam is a City to be discovered on two wheels. Get lost in the canals and stop for an apple pie with whipped cream at Winkel on Noordemarkt 43. Go to the former tram garage De Hallen for lunch. Discover the pretty shops on Gerard Doustraarin De Pijp. Rent a boat and take a bottle of wine and Dutch cheese for an aperitif on the canals. For dinner cross the river lj with your bike on the ferry and eat at Hotel de Goudfazant.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN AMSTERDAM?
Riding a bike every day.
To buy Salt-Water Sandals in Amsterdam go to our European Stockists page and scroll down to the Netherlands.