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Constance Guisset (b.1976) lives and works in Paris

– Home and studio — together or apart?
In Paris, my living and working spaces are separate, I get across town everyday to meet with my collaborators at the office. However, I think I can say that I work all the time as I am constantly in a creative reflection. I also have a desk on wheels at home in Paris and a big working table / studio at the sea. I set it up next to the dining room, with all my tools. This enables me to work close to my children and integrate work to daily life.

Do you have any daily rituals?
It’s most likely that I have a lot of rituals, which is common to many mothers. But if I have to identify one or two strange habits, I would say that I wake up very early, often before 6 am and that I take a cold shower (not right after waking up, though)

– What is the first art book you remember?
I think it’s a book on Salvador Dali but it’s more or less a blur. However, I can quote a series of books that constantly make me dream, still today: The Responsive Eye, a catalogue raisonné by Giorgia O’Keefe, Transfer, Air made visible (Bruno Munari), Le troisième Oeil, Les Archives du rêve etc.

– What is your studio/creative soundtrack?
I very seldom listen to music when I work. I listen to podcasts when I draw, one of my favourite ones is « Concordance des temps », or “les chemins de la philosophie” on France Culture.

– What is the favourite thing you have in your studio?
My tablet with which I draw, but also my box of coloured pencils.

Did you always want to be an artist?
I have always wanted to have a creative or manual job many times throughout my life. This desire has taken different shapes, woodworker, surgeon :-), artist, writer. And in the end, I am mostly a designer, which is a Jack-of-all-trades kind of work. But I sometimes wish I had several lives!

– What does a free day look like?
My ideal day off is spent at the sea with activities such as ice bath, reading, drawing, waffles, gardening.

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