It all began in 1993, when Yves Mestrallet and Christine Morault published Indiennes de traite à Nantes, an illustrated book reproducing fabric designs, printed on a typographic machine.
In the first years, MeMo’s publications were mainly artists’ books published in partnership with museums or libraries, and dedicated to adults. The publishing house then gradually focused on illustrated books for children that grown-up readers could appreciate thanks to the great care provided to pictures and the high quality of the paper.
However, something never changed over the years: the desire to consider the book as an ageless object of art, where images and texts are closely bound.
Today, Editions MeMo is well known in France and abroad for its new editions of old books, children illustrated books but also monographs about artists and different topics.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, an exhibition is taking place in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, library Françoise Sagan. Until March 2023, and following MeMo’s spirit, “Lire l’enfance avec MeMo” (Reading the childhood with MeMo) intends to highlight artists’ work across the ages so that one can rediscover treasures from the past along with contemporary designs.