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    Mademoiselle Jo – Joan Bebronne

    Mademoiselle Jo – Joan Bebronne

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

    I was born in Belgium and currently live in the surroundings of Brussel.

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

    The Chagall sealing of Paris’s opera when I was 12 years old, that was my first time visiting  Paris. 

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

    Trained as a stylist at “La Cambre”, I have worked for 25 years to create trends, colours  and fabrics for the world of lingerie. During two years, I worked at Isabelle de  Borchgrave’s studio. After which I launched Mlle Jo Design Studio, where we draw, develop and produce poetic useful, and sustainable objects.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    I’m attracted to creation as a whole. I’m driven by passion, amazed by the creation, I’m  full of emotion, I’m fuelled by constraint, consumed by inspiration and blinded by beauty  architecture has always been my passion, and as such object design has become an obvious path for me. 

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

    My approach is based on intuition with a fascination for the material and the intention to offer something beautiful and different. My vision delicately intertwines heritage and technology aiming to offer creations designed to last and be transmitted. While trying to produce as locally as possible and to highlight our know-how. I’m like a sponge, I soak up everything around me and reimagine it in my own way.

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

    I start by having a look at the daily design newsletters I’m subscribed to. I take care of my emails. Somedays, I create, somedays I produce, but most of the time it’s solving issues.

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

    I like materials from nature with all their differences, all the pieces of wood & stones are different, artisanal glass is very versatile and surprising and the work on metal is endless.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    My objects appear at first glance very simple, but they are the result of a reflection to ensure there is usefulness and versatility in each of them. I love the turn wood, stone &  metal techniques, it gives curves in all directions and has a very soft aspect. I also cut models in 3d or paper (/ cardboard) like I did when I was making clothes. At school, we learned the direct bust-cutting technique. With which you cut off your model as a 3d  sculpture. I still use it constantly for design nowadays.

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

    Immerse yourself in inspiration to find what you like and what makes your hearth move,  and travel to look at things from a different point of view with a new eye in order to get out of your comfort zone. be open to the unknown because the unknown is a source of freedom.

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

    “Le Bauhaus” for it’s functional and distinguished shapes, as it merges art, craftsmanship and industrial production. I love their use of frank materials and minimalism.

    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Ingo Maurer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier,  Marcel Breuer, Jean Prouvé

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Les Frères Bouroullec, Christophe Delcourt, Lindsey Adelman, Jaime Hayon. 

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

    Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Manolo Valdes.

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    Timeless

    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?

    Total peace of body of mind and world. 

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    That something bad would happen to my children. 

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

    Lack of self-confidence.

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

    Lack of honesty.

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    Jaime Ayon

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Shoes

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Trying my best in all domains.

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    Competitiviness

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

    Kindness

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

    Strength

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    Trop cool

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Compose and play music as an excellent musician 

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

    Be more serene.

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    My house 

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

    A mirror that crosses countries and eras (period ) 

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    In a sunny natural place.

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    All my old pictures from before the smartphone 

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

    Find oneself abandoned by everyone. 

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    Thinking about new projects.

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    The love of detail.

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    Comprehension.

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Laurent Gounelle

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    Demelza Poldark in Poldark or Claire Frazer in Outlander 

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Madeleine Vionnet

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    All those who do things that are good for body and mind in every possible way  Art, science, litérature … 

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Very short names, as Lilou or Tom 🙂

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Disrespect

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    Not yet having been able to take a world tour of arts and customs 

    29. How would you like to die?

    Quickly, while doing something I love with people I like. 

    30. What is your motto?

    Never give up.

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