How would you introduce yourself?
I am a french illustrator living in London and a strong believer that Less is More.
When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/illustrator?
I think that deep inside I always knew I was going to go down a creative path but illustration seemed unrealistic at first so I started my career s a graphic designer. It was years later, in my late twenties that I decided to fully commit to illustration and set up on my own.
Who have you looked to as inspiration throughout your career – how has this influenced your work?
I tend to look at the people around me for inspiration rather than design icons, starting with my family and a couple of teachers along the way but I would say that the Airside founders had the biggest influence on me and my career. Not only in terms of aesthetic and work but in term of ethos and mindset.
Tell us the concept and inspiration behind your designs for Strut and Fibre? Your hero or inspiration.
I have a lot of design heroes ( Bridget Riley, Shigeo Fukuda, Guy Bourdin, René Gruau and many more... ) so it was hard to choose from. I ended up with René Gruau as my inspiration as I felt like doing something sexy, feminine and mysterious for this collaboration.
What do you see as the power of print?
Bending the pages of a great book and feeling the grain of a beautiful paper stock are both incredibly satisfying. For me, this the power of print.
Describe your typical working day?
I wake up fairly late around 10am, make myself a strong coffee and start drawing pretty much straight away. I rarely take breaks but make it a rule to stop around 7pm and meet up with some friends or go to dinner somewhere. I work from home so I need to get out as much as possible to create that boundary between work and life.
What advice would you offer an aspiring creative?
Every creative journey is unique hence the difficulty of finding the magic formula but what I can say is all the successful creatives I know are super hard working and welcome criticism as something that will improve their craft.
What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on recently?
My New Yorker cover for sure. It was a bucket list project of mine and I still can’t believe I got to do the cover. It was a super smooth process and I was given a lot of creative freedom which made it very special.
Why should you own a good business card?
A great business card will make a lasting impression. I personally see it as an object rather than a piece of information. It doesn’t need to be incredibly sophisticated or complex, it just needs to reflect who you are.
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