Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!
We are Sylvain and Helene, and our shop is Filez Doux. For the moment we are based in Lille, in the north of France.
I am a graphic designer and blogger, and I like to use all kinds of materials in my projects. Sylvain taught himself to make cardboard furniture and often designs pieces for his family and friends. We both share a passion for DIY and like the idea that objects surrounding us can have a second life.
We’ve always wanted to create something together and have our own handmade shop, but we really didn’t know what we wanted to make for it. One day, as Sylvain was looking for a new cardboard project, I showed him a beautiful cardboard street light. He was so crazy about it that he decided to create one. When that was finished, it was time to find another idea. I figured, why not look to the street for more inspiration? That’s how the idea of the surveillance camera came up.
The first one Sylvain made was very realistic and bigger than an actual camera. At first, it was strange to have it in the living room. I sometimes caught myself glancing at it, as if it could be a real one spying on us. Before we knew it, there were 2, 3, then 4 security cameras! Some serious, some fun, some small, some big.
We live in an apartment and don’t have a proper craft room, so our living room is where we do our projects. Most of the time we don’t sketch anything, we just create as we go along. To make a cardboard camera, we start by finding cardboard from neighborhood shops. We cut and glue the cardboard to make the rectangular base. Next, we add on details. This is the fun part — coming up with cute and absurd touches like a starting handle or fake electronics. We like to leave the camera as raw cardboard, so that the only colorful detail is the wire we add.
A security camera takes a lot of time to grow. Most of the time we start one, leave it for few days, then work on it again. Petit à petit! We spend at least 10 hours per camera. Each camera is totally one of a kind. We couldn’t make the same one twice. Cardboard is not a perfect material, but it allows us to create everything we have in mind. We’re thinking it might be nice to open a new section in our shop — maybe little cardboard trophies!
All photos courtesy Filez Doux.