A love of books and vintage children's art
Our designs come from my personal collection of vintage books from the 1920's, most of which belonged to my grandparents. I remember many of the books from when I was a child, and I am so happy to bring these gorgeous illustrations to life again!
Creating each design is often a lot of work: since my old books are well-loved, there is quite a bit of repairing to do. (As a little boy, my grandfather was passionate about writing his name, "Calvin", in big, blocky letters across his favorite pictures!) Each vintage illustration is carefully scanned, cleaned, and brightened up... then sometimes completely redesigned to fit a bookplate format. The end product is what you see in my shop: beautiful vintage designs, waiting for your books!
The use of bookplates dates back to a time when books were rare and precious things; a bookplate was a way to leave your name inside of a treasure. Today, bookplates are enjoying a comeback as a sweet way to celebrate a new baby. For children, bookplates inspire a love of reading and a pride in ownership. What's not to love?
Love for our products
Oiseaux has been proudly featured in: The Huffington Post, Daily Candy, Real Simple.com, Remodelista, The Los Angeles Times Book Blog, Apartment Therapy, Design Mom, Momfilter, Cookie Magazine.com, Cool Mom Picks, Handmade Charlotte, Publishers Weekly.com, Ohdeedoh, Babyology, Modern Kiddo, The Cool Mom's Back to School Guide, The Irish Times, and Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Magazine.
And I was so very honored to be chosen as one of Babble.com's Top 50 Etsy Moms of 2011!