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    La Fabrique Noire

    La Fabrique Noire

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

    I live in Begium, Fontaine l’évêque, i’m from Namur in Belgium.

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

    the first time i have been connected to the art world , it was unconsciously at the beginning of my life, when i see nature, for me, art is everywhere in nature.

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

    no, i was a steel craftsman in industry before.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    passion of handmade, the liberty, the happiness sensation when i created , the possibility to transmit a message.

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

    my creative process is a transmission of my moment feeling, my moment emotion.

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

    i always start my work day with a cup of coffee ! but the reel beginning it was yesterday, when i thinked , when i dreamed that i will do this or that. after coffee, i look raw materials during some times, and inspiration come to me. depending of my inspiration , i start with woodworking or steel working or stone working. i work until my spirit is connected, i take a break when i feel it. the day is a mixed of works, thoughts and emotions. it’s different every days .

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

    wood and stone, it’s for me very inspiring materials. nature have a lot of witnesses of past, in wood it’s the story of weather , in stone it’s the story of the earth ! very fascinating for me.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    it’s a mixed of old technicals, like shou sugi ban, tenon mortise, welding, stone working and no conventional methods too.

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

    he must trust himself, he must listen himself and let yourself be guided by your inspiration . rest will coming.

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

    i not define me in a design movement, i am inspired by contemporary art , african art, japanese art, nature obviously , so i let people judge where they see me

    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    georges nakashima
    axel vervoordt
    pierre soulages
    david nash

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    kaspar hamacher
    yann dessauvages
    arnaud declercq
    benoit viaene
    frederic saulou

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

    ileana moro
    pierre soulages
    jojo corvaia
    katrien doms

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


    15. Is there anything you would like to add ?

    for me it’s a privilege to be in this interview so thanks for that

    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?

    the perfect happiness come to me everyday when i open my eyes and i see nature, family and friends

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    disappoint poeple i love

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

    i am stubborn

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

    lack of open-mindedness

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    my wife

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    i will tell you that after a few drinks

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    full mindedness of all in my life

    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 ?

    being a woman is already a quality

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    if you are happy, i m happy too

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    know how to paint

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

    be more calm

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    be a good husband

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

    a eagle

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    in a mountain chalet

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    the memory of my grandmother

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

    the war

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    do bread

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    i am sensitive

    21. What do you most value in your friends?


    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    jean d’Ormesson

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?


    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    nelson mandela

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    my grandmother

    26. What are your favorite names?


    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    hot weather

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    be an artist earlier

    29. How would you like to die?


    30. What is your motto?

    less is more

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