Meet Claire Michel from Sprayfun Studio. She is an artist and fashion designer based in France. Each garment she creates is wearable art. Read about what inspired her to launch her creative business below:
Tell us about your background.
I grew up in the countryside in the south of France. As a kid I would be playing outside and drawing animals every day. Following creative studies was an obvious direction to take. I entered the fashion school Duperré, in Paris, and then the fashion department of the Royal academy of Fine Arts, in Antwerp. These two different experiences were very interesting and set me free to combine fashion, art and other disciplines. That’s why I created an open label; a creative studio.
What made you take the leap and start your business?
It happened very naturally. I didn’t look for a job after my studies, I put my energy into building up Sprayfun and making it my own independant studio. Sprayfun is a business, and it is a laboratory. I believe a label, a name, and a business are strong when the designer is in harmony with what he does and how he makes it. When he reaches and explores his uniqueness.
Why is making and shopping handmade so important?
It is essential to keep the contact with the value of an object, to acknowledge its path and makers. The industry is so blurry about where things come from and how they are made, it isolates us from what composes our direct environment. Buying handmade is being involved in our actions and in what others do, it is simply more human. As for hand making things, I consider it gives them a soul.
Tell us about your creative process.
I can be inspired by a material, a person, a feeling, a need. That’s why I allow myself to create any type of object, image, in various techniques. A new idea needs time and matures through days, nights and experimentations. It has a life of its own. My designs have to fit into my aesthetic, and be eco-conscious ; natural, minimalistic in use of material and water. This is a very interesting research of compromises and local solutions. Finally, displaying a work is a fundamental step, it shows the potential and spirit of a piece.
What is your studio space like?
My studio is part of my home. Work is part of every day. My working space is small but very optimized, with a lot of material to experiment. I am based in Saint-Malo, a city on the coast of Brittany, 5 min away from the closest beach, it is very peaceful and inspiring.
Who are your favorite makers and artists?
I fell in love with OsGemeos during my studies. Street art is for me an amazing way to make art, it interacts with the environment in a wild way, leaving a trace, a signature, making ordinary more beautiful. I am really passionated by all ethnical costumes and cults, fascinated by primitive arts, shamanism, dances and celebrations. It is for my work the absolute source of inspiration as the origin of the human relationship to creativity.
Thank you Claire for sharing your story!
To learn more of Claire's works and collaborations visit Sprayfun Studio's Website. You can also shop for their products on Etsy and Etsy France. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter.