EMILIE WINCKEL

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

EW: I’d say I make colorful pictures, because, well, that’s what they are. I hope people consider them as vivid, joyful pieces of art.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

EW: My everyday life, I’m quite easily distracted because I see curious and interesting people, places or patterns everywhere. Oh, and also what makes me laugh.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

EW: Usually one insignificant detail catches my attention and makes me think about one thing, then leads to another, then another until I have no idea how I got there. If I overthink the process too much, it quickly becomes a real mess, I have the tendency to add unnecessary details so I need to put up some limits.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

EW: The happiness I felt creating them. That must be why I use so much bright colors, I’m as subtle as a 3 year old sometimes.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

EW: Well I’m not a full-time artist, I’m also an archaeologist / conservator (Roman Glass Forever ❤ ). I’ve never been one to choose between passions, it can be a tad overwhelming at times.

EW: It’s really interesting to navigate between two worlds. I used to really compartment each side, the artistic and the academic ones, but I really want to try to merge them in a future project.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

EW: As for inspiration, as I said before, I’d rather not overthink. But that doesn’t mean that when in front of a task I’m not organized. I think research is really important , because it can awake unexpected things in you. Once you did your research, determined what style / tools you want to use and re check that it works well with what your client wants , then, please, go with the flow.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

EW: There are wonderfully talented people everywhere, and in this world of ours, we need to be supportive of each other, and see that as incredible opportunities for collaboration. Not only see each other as competition.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

EW: Yes, but I think style & taste must be continually shifting, evolving, changing. One can easily be trapped in his own habit.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

EW: Sorry I have three at the top of my list :

– Being relevant.

– Getting a fair price for your work.

– Deal with all the people who think this is a “nice hobby”.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

EW: I’m actually never, ever, bored! I have so many projects in mind, I hope I’ll get to achieve as much I can.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

EW: I feel that the french illustration world is incredibly inspirational right now, I love Tom Haugomat especially, I even own a few signed prints.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

EW: I work with digital tools, and it offers me a lot of comfort. But it actually makes me long for other materials, not only paper or canvas, but also ceramics, linography etc. Instagram has been an incredible tool for me to find talented underdogs of all sorts and be inspired by them. Also it’s great to be able to reach the entire world and share your work with just a click.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

EW: I watch the world with scrutiny, but I’m looking for the beauty in it, not to judge others. It has kept me a bit naive maybe, but that’s a good thing.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

EW: Yes I do! Unfortunately I don’t have the time to travel as much as I wish I could, but I was in Montréal in October and it was so great! I can’t wait to go back.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

EW: I used to read everything I could put my hand, but I have to admit (with shame) that the internet has claim its toll with me and I read less. I love Kate Atkinson’s work but my favorite book is a tiny (and impossible to translate) children’s book called “La Grammaire Est Une Chanson Douce” by Erik Orsenna. It’s a love letter to the french language, with all its nonsense and difficulties. I gifted it to a lot of people.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

EW: I reeeaaallly want to begin a serigraphy course.
More importantly, with a fellow Illustrator friend, the very talented Camille Ruzé, we’re working on an illustration magazine project that will keep us quite busy.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

EW: It means that I have a productive and healthy way of dealing with everything going on with me, turn it positive and hopefully share it with people in a colorful way.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

EW: Fireworks, by First Aid Kit

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

EW: It will change, and shift and evolve, but hopefully stay colorful.

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