The timeless island which, since Rockefeller fell in love with it in 1957, has kept its authenticity. Two charming French/English books
About this project
About the books
When you live in St. Barts, the famous little sophisticated island in the Caribbean, you understand why people fall in love with it. It is simply because, even though it is well known by the jet set, it’s authentic timeless side has made it “magic”…
I have chosen to show the St. Barts of the 1960’s, in this way, keeping the surprise for the visitors who visit the island today, not too different from the illustrations.
Each book is a day’s stroll through St. Barts. In one of them we discover the beaches of both the windward and the leeward sides, and in the other, we visit the little traditional houses or “cases”, which have their own style depending on the “neighborhoods”.
These illustrated, bilingual books, transport us through unique, charming spots on the island. The little “cases”, the deserted beaches, the coconut palms, the bougainvilliers, the sugar birds, the pelicans….
A first local production was very successful and several visitors (especially Americans) suggested that I promote these little books internationally.
St.Barts since the sixties
- The sixties 1960-1970 was the era of the Woodstock festival, hippies and a man who walked on the moon.
- It was also a time when most of the households in St. Barts, went from the gas lamp to electricity.
- 1960-1970 was when Mr. David Rockefeller who fell in love with
St. Barts, bought a property of 27 hectars for a few thousand dollars. Some of the people that followed in his tracks such as the Baron de Rothschild, Brigitte Bardot, Robert Mitchum, Howard Hughes, Greta Garbo…. all of these beautiful people participated in making the island famous.
- Within the space of ten years, the first radios appeared on the little island and the young bare foot girls, clothed as in my illustrations with their dresses and their traditional headdresses, could dance to the sound of the Beatles.
- The houses would soon be equipped with electric pumps that would pump up the water from the cisterns… And “Denise” would no longer have to go looking for water for her laundry in the swamp of St. Jean, by walking down stony pathways.
But even with all these huge changes and its proximity to the effervescent world, St. Barts remained faithful to its traditions and knew how to protect itself from the galoping evolution.
What will the printed books look like?
– High quality, hard cover, the pages are thick weight (200g). Physical dimensions: Approximately 9 “x 9”.
About the shipping
An ex teacher, I am an artist and have been earning my living with my painting for the last 30 years.
When approaching the age of sixty, I wanted to enjoy my passion for writing and illustrating books.
Since 2012, 9 books have been published, children’s books.
Risks and challenges
The book has already been printed and published. It will be printed in the same quality concerning the colors, the quality and the weight of the paper.
Only the contributions are new, but the quality will be the same there too. I am the illustrator, the graphic and layout artist but also the editor.
It is possible that there may be delays due to the printers, but the delivery period that I have announced should cover this and avoid any inconvenience.