For our first featured creative woman, we have the fabulous Gisele Jaquenod!
Gisele is the brilliant creative mind who designed my new site. She’s designed tons of gorgeous sites, as you can see on her blog and Web site, www.giselejaquenod.com. Not only is she extraordinarily talented and creative, but she’s so sweet and patient. I’m about as smart as a turnip when it comes to Web design. Gisele managed to take my random babblings and demands for pink and pie and create the site you’ve seen here for a price that would make you gasp with envy. The girl is definately underpaid.
She’s simply fabulous. I love her.
And now, a interview with our first creative woman–Gisele!
1) How did you become a designer? What’s your background?
Well, it all started when I was 10 years old going to fine arts school. There was this after school program. If you completed the three years successfully, you’d enter the Fine Arts high school. I did that and also did an additional six years of high school where I got to take the coolest classes. The classes included drawing, painting and sculpture to scenography, photography, animation, etc. When the high school finished, I wasn’t actually sure what to study since I like math and history very much as well. I ended writing for industrial design. Well, that was not the right choice for me. After three months of industrial design, I got the University to allow me to change to graphic design. Best idea ever, I just loved it!!
2) What made you want to design? Was there a defining moment or person?
I think all my life kinda lead me to this. Even before fine arts school, I was taking pottery and other art classes in different neighborhood courses. My parents, of course, played a huge role by encouraging something they could see I enjoyed (and they are both Electronic Engineers hehe).
3) What’s your favorite blog you’ve ever designed? Why?
Oh, that’s a hard one. First, because I am never satisfied totally with the result, and second because there’s many I have really enjoyed working on. But of course I have to say that my blog is the one I enjoyed the most designing, because I really got to do everything I wanted!!
I grew up in the same city I live now, La Plata. It was a really nice childhood. I read a LOT, and loved to ride my bike. I was some sort of a tomboy. Hehehe.
Well, in school I did tons of those things. Engraving, sculpture, building puppets, scenographies, theatre classes, radio theatre classes, etc. I was very lucky with that, actually.
6) What’s your favorite type of pie?
Oh my. I am more of a salty tooth than a sweet tooth, but I do love the coconut pie my sister bakes.
7) What’s your ideal meal?
This is a hard one. I am a vegetarian, but the type that eats milk and eggs. And I have to say cheese is my favorite thing in the world. So it would be probably something with cheese, like cheese fondue or a good spinach and cheese pie.
8) Favorite book?
Ah!! There’s so many!! From my childhood, I love the classics like the Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. For adult books, there’s so many. But I am a science fiction lover, so I will say the six Dune books.
9) Favorite color?
I’d have to say pink!! Growing up it was blue, but later in life I found the girly girl in me!!
10) If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go and what would you do?
Well, as of now there’s two places: Norway, to get to see the family and because nature there is SPECTACULAR; and Machu Pichu, which I plan to visit sometime soon just because it’s so incredible mystical. I’d also love to visit Disney World again. EVERYONE SHOULD!!
Oh, probably I’d try to make a mural with some central theme, like a classic children’s tale. I have painted quite a few murals before (did I mention I also took mural painting at high school?), so my thing would be to make something in that style.
12) What creative women inspire you?
Well, I have to say there’s many. I love my friend Anne-Julie’s work (www.annejulie-art.com). She makes the cutest things, and has this artistic view on everything she does. I also love all the things Michelle Allen does (http://allendesigns.typepad.com/blog/). She really creates unique gifts, and I love her wall clocks!! But I have to say that, in general, I admire all those women that find the time between work, family and keeping their house tight, to pursue any artistic activity and also have time to BLOG ABOUT IT, and share recipes, tutorials, decoration tips and so much more!! They are really inspiration material to me.
13) How do you find the creativity to complete new projects and give them a unique spin, instead of churning out site after site?
Oh my, this one is hard. I find myself from time to time totally stuck, and there I need to take a little break from designing. Luckily my daily job is a bit more of a routine designing thing, that doesn’t require creativity all the time. But freelancing really does, because every client is a different world, so I think it’s not something I could do 24/7. I just wouldn’t function properly, and it wouldn’t be fair for the clients that expect something new from me.
14) Any advice for aspiring designers?
Just research a lot. Watch movies, go to the theatre, clip fashion magazines, browse design galleries, etc. I find that is the best fuel to work.
15) What are your plans for the future?
In the near future… I am moving by the end of the year to Norway!! And there it’s a new start!! Any Norwegian out there that has a job for me? Hello!
16) How can people contact you to get a quote or ask questions?
Just fill the contact form in my blog.
Thanks so much Gisele! You’re a fabulous creative woman and you inspire us all!
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