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    Chanel Kapitanj

    Chanel Kapitanj

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    I was born in Belgium and grew up in Liège.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    My mom works in the fashion industry, so I always had a creative mind and used to draw a lot and DIY during my free time.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Yes, I studied Industrial Design and then went to Welding school. I worked as a graphic designer, a welder and finally as a Designer + Welder for my own studio.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    I always wanted to express myself through art, I wanted my ideas to take shape and to work in 3D . I started with painting and drawing and after I approached the design field.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    I am inspired by nature and the smallest details in every objects. Looking behind structures and touching surfaces everywhere I go. I express my ideas through minimalism and metal. Textures and finishes. Doing projects, mainly, by myself in my workshop.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    I start work at 10am, but work better at night. Do some computer work and then go down to the workshop and cut metal pieces, weld them together the rest of the day/evening depending on the project. Bring them down to the powder coat company and so on.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I chose to work with metals because of the wide range of possibilities, textures, finishes, colors, assembly, etc.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    Minimalist and clean lines or rough textures and nature like shapes. I like it when a material as heavy as metal seems light and warm through my designs.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Follow your mind and hands. Stay true to your vision.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    Between Brutalism and Minimalism.

    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    Virgil Abloh, Bauhaus designers, Jean prouvé, Henry Wilson.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Sabine Marcelis, Vincent van Duysen, Vincenzo De Cotiis..

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Eddy De Pretto, Alex Kuznetsov.

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Animals everywhere

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Speak in public

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    I deplore hypocrisy

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My wife

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Wear beige when all I wear is black

    7. What is your current state of mind?


    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?

    Self confidence

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    « A fond »

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?


    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?


    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    My marriage and daughter

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    A cat

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    The USA

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    My kid

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?


    19. What is your favorite occupation?


    20. What is your most marked characteristic?


    21. What do you most value in your friends?


    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    I never read

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?


    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Coco Chanel

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My mom

    26. What are your favorite names?


    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Bad welds

    28. What is your greatest regret?


    29. How would you like to die?

    In my sleep

    30. What is your motto?

    Less is more

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