A Pattern That Brings About Emergence, The Dance of Life

Our new Paperblanks Emergence Journals are inspired by the art deco patterns of Maurice Pillard Verneuil. Verneuil was a French artist and decorator in the Art nouveau movement.


"Whether from featureless egg to finned glory, or limbless larvae to winged fancy, all beings must emerge and transform during their life cycle. The natural world thrums with dramas like the wee chick fighting her way out of her shell. The metaphysical realm is rife with instructive stories about the mighty struggles and small deaths that allow living things to grow and change."

"On our Emergence journals we present fish, fowl and beetle as envisioned by French artist and Art Nouveau decorator Maurice Pillard Verneuil (1869–1942). Who better to study emergence than an artist who knew all too well what it takes to be transformed. Through work and talent, visual artists develop their technique and their vision and, with luck, come to the attention of an audience ready to receive them."

"The creatures featured in these marvellous images are shown in clean and vibrant primary colors. They beautifully showcase Verneuil’s ability to capture the essence of flora and fauna and his deep understanding of the Art Deco movement as well as the wonder of transformation."

A clever combination of printing and embossing gives these books a great texture and depth of color.

The journal includes a memento pouch and a classic ribbon marker to store the treasures of a life well-lived.

  • Mini 3.75" x 5.5" - 176 ruled pages
  • Midi 4.75" x 6.75" - 176 ruled pages
  • Smythe sewn for strength and flexibility
  • Elastic closure, bookmark, and memento pouch in the back
  • Ivory paper is acid-free and made only with sustainable forest pulp.
  • Fountain pen friendly

(Via Paperblanks & Jenni Bick)