Our very first craft book, Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects For a Playful Home is finally complete and we couldn’t be happier. Now that we have swept up all the paper scraps and rinsed our paintbrushes, we are ready to share what we’ve been working on. Inside you’ll find 25 fun wood and paper craft ideas, complete with tips, tricks, and templates. Customize toy chests, create cheerful name plaques, build bunny clocks, and more. Every project is inspired by the signature style of Petit Collage: bold color, playful pattern, and even a few animal friends. We had a great time making these crafts- and we hope you do too!
My latest picture book from Dial Books is on bookstore shelves! I wrote this book inspired by my daughter’s relationship with her doll, and my relationship with her. Follow along as an imaginative pink-cheeked girl and her diminutive best friend play, pretend, and explore together.“You Know What I Love” is about friendship, love, and fun. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it!
Kirkus starred review
I’m delighted to share with you this new series of books that are so dear to me. These are the first two in an inventive series, You Are My Baby, published by Chronicle Books.
“You are my baby” is something I have told my daughter again and again since her birth, and was the inspiration for these fun books.
Each board book features animals with their babies in an additional “mini book” nestled inside. “Turn the pages to match the baby animals to their parents and learn some early concepts along the way.”
You are my Baby: Safari features classic Petit Collage animals: lion, monkey, elephant, giraffe, and crocodile, while You Are My Baby: Farm has a few new designs; a Petit Collage take on a favorite toddler theme. Our friends at Chronicle Books did a FANTASTIC job bringing these books to life. We couldn’t be happier to have these Petit Collage books released!
Kirkus starred review
You Are My Baby: Safari
You Are My Baby: Farm
I’m so very happy my first US book written and illustrated by me, is now available!
I was inspired by toddlers, and their play, and how they always seem to have the last word, as my 3 year old daughter can confirm!
Early Praise for Monkey See, Look at Me!:
“Siminovich’s story is the soul of simplicity, with naïf digital collages set against sunny, softly textured backgrounds … Similarly, her message is proffered lightly: one-upmanship can be good-natured fun, so long as everybody gets a chance to be the one who’s up.” —Publishers Weekly
“Never mean-spirited, the animals’ exchanges … invite young children to anticipate the text’s pattern while enjoying the friendly illustrations. A sweet new title about friends and imaginative play.”—Kirkus Reviews
I am a huge fan of Dwell Magazine and it is so crazy wonderful to have the home I share with my family featured in this month’s issue!
We renovated the house a couple of year’s ago and treated the challenge much like I do with any new project: obsessive-like focus, high creative energy and surrounding myself with an amazing designers.
Our architect Christi Azevedo, was the genius behind the master plan, and fast execution!
For more photos, go to Petit Collage’s facebook.
Writing and illustrating children’s books is one of my favorite things to do. My husband and I are raising our daughter Matilda to be bilingual (we are both originally from Buenos Aires), so it thrills me to know that my books are published in Italy and Slovenia to Korea and Australia (over a dozen countries in all, including Argentina!). Matilda keeps asking me to read these editions – I better get busy learning new languages too.
Target stores picked up an exclusive set of Petit Collage journals. I heard they are doing great. They feature our distinctive illustration featuring owls, birds and squirrels with colorful flowers and greenery. I’m so happy!
My partnership with Chronicle Books continues to flourish. This season we added a funky monkey mobile and alphabet garlands. We now have 7 products licensed by Petit Collage with the Chronicle gift line. Yeah!
We just saw the images of three Petit Collage illustrations that now featured on Gelaskins! They look amazing in this format. Now I have to figure out which one I want to put on my iPhone! Let me know what you think.
I’ve been busy creating new products for my company Petit Collage. The line continues to grow and we add new goodies every season (Psssst…we’re shooting our Fall catalog this weekend so our studio is hopping today!). This spring we introduced deluxe elephant mobiles with brightly colored felt ears. We illustrated outfits, cars, trucks, kayaks and more for our Transportation and Dress Up posters. Stop by and visit us www.petitcollage.com!
I Like Fruit was chosen as a 2011 “Best Book for Babies.” My smile is huge!
Here’s a little known fact: I love to draw food!
My old friends at Gallison (I was their Creative Director in my past life) commissioned me to create a line of kitchen gift items, including a recipe book with illustrated tabs, a recipe box, labels and coaster. Yummy.
I’ve always admired OXO products, so when they commissioned me to develop the branding for their new tot line, I jumped right in! The project involved creating the icons as well as the decorative patterns on 4 new product categories: nursery, feeding, bathing and cleaning. This illustrative branding will be used in all packaging for over 100 new items (think bath toys, night lights, bottle brushes and sippy cups) and I am so, so proud to be associated with such a design-driven brand. A oxo right back at you guys!
More Paris book spotting! I always find one of the best selections of children’s books in the museum shop of the Centre Pompidou. So I headed over there for some inspiration, and Voilá I found our dear “in my” series developed by my darling friend Sara and illustrated by moi. They even had the just released Jungle and Ocean. Très Bonne!
Last week I had an amazing day visiting the “Salon du Livre” (Book Fair) in Paris. Unlike book fairs in America, this was open to the public! Flocks of families and kids were reading in every nook and buying their favorite books. Not only I was so terribly inspired by what I saw, I was also thrilled to spot my “Ilike Bugs” book, in french, published by amazing Albin Michel.
The nice people over at UK magazine Little Big just interviewed me and said all kinds of good things about me that made my day.
Collage Queen: Lorena Siminovich
ARTIST Lorena Siminovich has made quite an impact upon the graphic design for children we see around us today.
We are now so used to seeing collage mixed with illlustration, it’s easy to forget Lorena’s influence on the style. Her petit collage brand has spawned a number of copycats, but the San Francisco-based Lorena is not a one-trick pony. Her wooden cutout mobiles, new decals (elephant pictured below), and in particular her growing range of book titles – including her Petit Collage touch and feel baby board books for Templar (in the UK) and her series of story books featuring the characters Alex & Lulu, mark her out as a special talent.
Click here for the full interview, is not everyday that i’m called “Collage Queen”