Artist: Delphine Roche de Montgrand)
Location: Paris, France
Blog: La Fille du Consul (Means "the consul's daughter")
What do you create?
I make small “sculptures to wear”, “3D trompe l’oeil”. My work plays with the spectator’s sight who wonder if it is old or current, real or false, if it is eaten or not, or if it could melt…
What is the first memory that you have of making something crafty/artsy?
A nice February morning, 10 years ago, I saw in the garden cherry trees blossomed out. I gathered some of these white flowers with pleated petals, and at home, I wanted to reinterpret them in polymer clay. It is a material I used as I was a little girl. My first flowers arose from there.
When and why did you decide to start your business?
In 2002, I was a salaried worker in interior design for some years. In those days, my boss saw some of my personal work. He encouraged me to make my own creations in order to start my own business. And he was right: I think I do what I like, even if every day isn't easy and I’m not made for having a boss!
Where do you get your inspiration for your projects?
My inspiration comes from nature, vegetables, coral, every thing I like and I miss in town, but also from chocolate and gingerbreads ( I lived as a child in Germany, it is a part of my inspiration). Another part of my inspiration comes from old paintings from the 17th, 18th centuries and still lives, “Wunderkammer”, curiosities…
Which of the tools you use is your favorite?
I use most often Polymer clay. I like colour and volume, and this material authorize to model colour. Sometimes I use also Papier-mâché.
What keeps you motivated?
I am motivated by every thing I see around me, some nice or funny ideas come each day more and more. Also I like to see the work of other designers on internet, it also means I’m not all alone working, even if I work by myself. The internet is a great place to feel emulation, it pushes me to create more, it always gives me new ideas.
The bad side of this emulation is that when you have so many ideas, you can’t realize them all, so it gives you a little bit of frustration not to have the time to make every thing you would like to.
One more thing that motivates me is the approval of the public. It’s important when you understand people are waiting for you.
How do you get the word out about your work?
I began my web-blog in 2006 and I realize it is my principal communication tool. Then I added other internet tools, like Myspace and Flickr. I also communicate a lot by emails.
What is your main goal for the next 6-12 months?
I have a project with other french speaking designers.
I would say not to begin alone first. Watch how a business functions in a company. So the first thing to do is join a company with salaried workers, and to keep your eyes wide open. A good financial “sitting” is also a important thing to take into account: it is difficult to live from your own work immediately.
What’s the most important thing you’d like people to know/understand about your work?
I think the most important thing is that my work is a modeling and sculpture work. I make sculptures to wear or to put down. I don’t have any jewelery training.
Who are some of your favorite indie designers/artists?
Lalique and Art nouveau, Line Vautrin, Claude Lalanne, Elsa Schiaparelli, Michele Oka Doner, Géraldine Gonzales , Les farfelus farfadets, Claire Basler, Christian Lacroix, Karl Blossfeldt, Clémentine de Chabaneix… and lots of others.
If you had the time, what new craft/medium would you like to learn or use?
I would like to work a bit more with papier-mâché. Every thing that uses paper tempts me.
What's your definition of a perfect day?
The perfect day? It’s perhaps when, at night I go to sleep with satisfaction of the work well finished, and that is not always the case.
Thank you Delphine!