5 & 3/4 Questions
1. Describe yourself and your work. I am a French freelance designer, living in Paris, with specialties in textile and materials. Paper is my favorite medium because I can do anything with it: Origami, 3D sculptures, there are lots of possibilities. It has different kinds of textures, colors, aspects. I have worked with paper for six years and I can always find new ways to use it. I have done work for many companies, including Guerlain, Yves Saint Laurent, and Tag Heuer. I also do personal work — paper sculptures — which I sell in galleries.
2. How did you get started? In 2010, right after my studies, I was invited to the Maison&Objet material design fair. I was selected to show my work in the young talent space. I met lots of people and made connections, and I started working as a freelancer.
3. What piece of work best represents you and why? This is work I did for myself from my géometrie collection. I love this piece because there was no outside identity to include in the work. I like personal work best because there is no order, no constraints. I can choose the color ranges that I love.
4. What are you currently into? I am into collaborating with a photographer. I worked on a project with a French photographer; it was graphic design in 3D paper for the names of big cities in the world: Paris, New York, and so on.
I am inspired by anything: Graphics, paintings, exhibitions, sometimes it’s from something in the street. Sometimes we don’t know where ideas come from. It is just in my head. Sometimes I pick an idea inside my head and say, “This is it”.
5. Which three things have you learned that young creatives should know?
In my opinion, a freelance designer needs a work discipline. You have to be really organized to be a freelancer.
And you should always have a project to work on. It can be contract or personal work.
Also, collaborate with other artists. It opens up your creative process.
5¼. Fave color? At the moment my favorite color is Prussian blue.
5½. Fave website? I follow lots of blogs, such as Fubiz, Design Milk…I don’t have a favorite one.
5¾. Pet peeve? I don’t like interruptions in my creativity, such as when I am working on a project and run out of paper. I have to stop because of this stupid thing but I have no choice—I don’t have any paper anymore!
June 18, 2014
Photography: Coline Buhan (portrait); Neirda Iwanowski, GUERLAIN (question 5)