This book began as a quick email. The email turned into a memo. Then the memo turned into a blog series. All because ten to twelve times a year I get a message which always begins with "Hi Carmi, I know you go to Paris every year, do you have any recommendations for us?"
I think of going to Paris as a workshop. It is my opportunity to see new colours, new embellishments, new designs. This is what inspires me.
Friends and strangers write to me after my trips. They want to know where I stay, where I go, what I eat and most importantly where do I get all the great things I show off on my blog? I hope this book answers many of those questions!
I start this guide with an example of my typical eight day schedule, followed by a lot more detail of the places I visit.
Carmi Cimicata is a full time artist who specializes in handmade greeting cards, altered books, resin embellishments and wearable art pieces. She attained a visual arts degree from Ryerson University that provided a formal foundation for her art pursuits. Upon graduating from Ryerson, Carmi founded BACCHUS and The Student Life Education Company; a highly recognized charity for young Canadians where she was executive director for sixteen years. She credits the charity experience for inspiring her to create handmade inexpensive promotional and educational materials. Carmi believes you can be cost conscious and effective while still making items that are elegant and professional.