INSPIRATIONS / Illustrator : Rébecca Dautremer

The art of French illustrator Rebecca Dautremer is like stepping through paper windows into miniature, rouge accented worlds of wonder. Her picture books are very poetic, with a hint of humour. Inspired by fairy tales, Rébecca’s recipe is : warm colours and precise drawings.  Inspired by photography, framing, colors and light, she works as a photographer, reflecting on composition, depth of field, blur …She tries to propose in her illustrations several degrees of reading, in order to touch small and big, her books are a real success for children as well as for adults.

Rébecca Dautremer works mainly with gouache on watercolor paper on large scales .Photographic collages and textures can also be found in her  illustrations.

She Illustrated dozens of books :The secret lives of Princesses, Cyrano, Alice in wonderland, L’amoureux, Nasredine ,Babayaya, Soie, Yéti, Le bois dormait…) Dautremer has recently brought her design talents and also her love of folklore to life in the animated movie Kerity : la maison des contes (the English title is Eleanor’s secret)
She exhibited more than fifteen years of work in two Artbooks (2009 and 2015) which are like ‘behind the scenes’ books where you can discover sketches, work in progress, and go through the different albums and projects she worked on through the years.


Rébecca Dautremer was born in 1971 in Gap in the South of France . She attended classes in the ENSAD of Paris and got a degree in graphic edition in 1995. She afterwards became a graphic editor and illustrator for Gautier-Languereau. Now living in Paris with her husband Taï-Marc Lethanh and their three children,. In addition to the youth illustration, Rébecca Dautremer works punctually for advertising (perfume kenzo2), and illustrated album covers (Wax Tailor, Romain Humeau, Milca), In addition, some of her albums, adapted in plays, led her to conceive the costumes and scenography of other shows.

« Where does your inspiration comes from? »

Inspiration mood board Sylvaine Frouin jewellery blogPeople ask me, ‘Where does your inspiration comes from?, – the truth is I’m inspired by so many things! Especially childhood, nature and dreams but it doesn’t stop there…

I’ve always been a true Art & Craft lover, I have tried my hands at many different kinds of media before finding a real passion for jewellery making. Today, I still love discovering and following the work of many artists, illustrators, designers, ceramicists and other makers. Their work gives me inspiration and I admire that they turned their passion into their business.

I make jewellery that tells stories and I don’t follow fashion and trends. I appreciate the uniqueness of a piece of art or object and appreciate it when the personality of a ‘maker’ shines through.


Bespoke #1 : Brooch Jewel-Object / Commission – handmade personalised gift

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Here is my last commission, a brooch, handmade in silver, with lapis-lazuli and 18ct gold. It fits into a hand-painted wooden display.

This was a birthday present from a brother and sister to their mum, I created this design after a conversation with the birthday lady, she explained that she wanted a very special brooch made using some lapis-lazuli that belonged to her mother. She was after  something modern , organic and dynamic with leaves and weaving (one of her passion being willow basket making) .

I got quickly inspired with the brief and tried to draw what was already quiet clear in my mind, I wanted to play with all these elements and combine them together like an abstract painting. Playing with juxtaposition and layers, Positive/negative  spaces. Find the right balance and harmony with the dark blue  stones /flower /leaves/ weaving.

I wanted the wooden display to add something new to the brooch. On it’s own, the brooch has an abstract feel ( apart of the flower in the middle), when it sits in the middle of the painting it becomes the heart of a wild bouquet, the lapis-lazuli become petals, the leaves and the weaving flow  from the surface of the silver to the wood.


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I took a few picture of the work in progress. Here is a quick retrospective of the main steps : Cutting the base into silver sheet; Trimming and reshaping  the 5 lapis-lazuli ;  Creating all the different elements from scratch and soldering them together , cutting out the leaves ; making and fixing the pin on the back; oxidising; polishing, stone setting . Then comes the wood carving in a piece of yew and painting with acrylic and ink.


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I hope you enjoyed discovering the evolution of this commission from the 1st sketches to the finished object.

Big Thanks to Jenny and Joanna for ordering this fun yet challenging  piece from me!

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I love working from someone’s brief and create objects which will really match someone’s taste. Jewel-Object is a truly original present , it is made to order so the possibilities are endless to incorporate personal and meaningful messages into a unique present for a loved one.

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