Claire Colin

Claire Colin navigates between design and illustration, textile and paper, color and black & white, contrast and delicacy. She likes to create, adorn, and divert. All media are a playground to discover!

After a double degree in Fashion Design and Textile Arts and Printing at ESAA Dupérré in Paris, Claire has made her arms in the office of Style Nelly Rodi: Boards of trends, iconographic research, project development, exclusive creations for Cahier Print. An experience that has brought her a lot. Since then she has collaborated in numerous collections in the fields of fashion and cosmetics: Paul & Joe, Christian Lacroix, Leonard, Bourjois, Yves Rocher, Roger & Gallet … while developing in parallel her line of cardboard carving (expressions revisited and colorful) and a collection of Fashion & Home accessories in Macramé revisited. Creating surprise, that’s the drives!

What is your source(s) of inspiration, what moves you?

They are plenty …I’ll start probably by words, play on words, the maxims, lyrics of songs and flowers. There is something extremely inspiring with them, flowers attrack me, inspire me. I spend a long time observing them, trying to later transcribe their graphism, their strength and delicacy.

What is the most amazing present you ever received?

The fact that my parents supported me in my passions, my harbor.

Do you work at night or during the day?

Both. Mornings are dedicated to prospection, administrive and commercial activities. In the aftertoon I am more creative in my workshop.

The artist you crave for (at the moment)

My, my… there are so many. I’ll start with Zemer Peled, Suzanna Scott, Sally Hewett and the work of Emma Larsson aka zebrakadebra, I cannot stop looking at their work. I love their worlds so creative and so unique.

Your favorite museum in the whole wild world

For years I am crazy about le musée du quai Branly, in Paris. I love the ambiance, the scenography, and it’s winding corridors, it moves.

This place is filled with a mysterious energy.

If I say « paper » what is first coming to your mind?

Passion. Treasure.

I collect papers for years  – I kept papers from chocolates and candies, or even pastries lace paper. I brought some papers from my travels, including some vintage wallpapers.

I need the contact of paper. I like it’s touch. I love folding it, cutting it, creating volume.

I dont see myself live without paper.

Mention a quote you feel is creatively inspiring

DARE! I viscerally love the québecquois proverb « Nothing is impossible for a willing heart ».

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Chef in a star restaurant or Pastry Chef, albeit their pompous titles.

Topics and causes that matter to you?

All causes fighting for more Justice, Respect and Freedom.

Claire Colin



Paul&Joe, Christian Lacroix, Léonard, Martin Margiela, Yves Rocher, Derhy, La Maison du chocolat, Le chocolat des français, Monoprix…


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