Meet Clémence Vazard
on her morning routine
I don’t really have a routine. But the first thing I think of when I wake up is: I’m hungry. Sometimes I share a breakfast with my boyfriend; he often makes a huge Chemex coffee and I make some muesli with seeds and honey. When I’m alone (he is a musician so half the time he is off on tour) I make myself a quick green tea and porridge.
on where she grew up
I grew up in a small town in Normandie far from the artistic life of big cities. My mother is a librarian so I was surrounded by books and magazines all my life. I got bored very often (which I think is the key to creativity!), so I decided to make things with easy-to-get resources and I just sat in my bedroom for hours flipping through the pages. When I got to University in Paris I stopped this creative practice because I got busy with all the cultural and artistic events the city offers. Then one day I decided to go back and study art and culture because I had so much creativity within me but couldn't use it.
On getting into Design
My father (and my grandfather before him) owns a furniture workshop. And I used to work in a contemporary design gallery. So I’m very knowledgeable about home design for a young person! But of course I had my Ikea time back in the day at university. Now my home is a mix of old furniture from my family and vintage pieces I found at flea markets. I like nordic furniture as a lot of people do, simply because Scandinavian designers are the best. I also have a big adoration for Italian design of the 70’s (specially Joe Colombo and Ettore Sottsass) and the 80’s (Memphis movement guided by Ettore Sottsass). I like to be surrounded by plants and framed illustrations at home and pieces I bought while traveling.
On her Career
I can’t say I have an artistic career. I have a regular, passionate and essential artistic practice. But I don’t make a career of it. And that's not really my goal. I would be unhappy if I had to work only on artistic projects. I feel the need to experiment with new things all the time. That’s why I also work for the creative agency Sinny & Ooko, I organize different events such as Atelier Mobile (kind of a drink and draw meeting once a month in a Parisian bar) and Chez Laurence (DJ set in the kitchen of a restaurant, “contre-soirée” style). I am so passionate about everything I work on.
on facing challenges
I think I face challenges everyday, and they make me love what I do. In my artistic work, I’m always looking to push an idea further by collaborating with other creative people or exploring new material. Luckily, I'm able to be very free in my job as I explore new subjects and meet new people everyday. Each morning I wake up not knowing what my day will be like! Challenges are my source of energy. Routine is what I run away from. I have 2 big projects this year. I’m working on my newest artistic project in a residence Community Center in the north of Paris. I will meet women and collect stories of the first harassment experience they remember, then set up a sound and visual installation that will be on view in September. Second, I’m working on a new Third Place project in Paris that will open in the fall that I will manage for 2 years.
on feeling comfortable while she works
I need to feel comfortable when I get to be creative… So at work it means taking my shoes off and going into lotus position on my chair (required: tolerant coworkers!). When I’m home that means wearing very lousy clothes, no bra, no makeup and turning the heater on high.
On her skincare routine
I mostly look for very sensitive skin cream. The key to my routine is to massage every part of me with rich creams. I can’t live without Avene face cream and miscellar water. And I really like this Sanoflore Miel Supreme Body Cream. Being active is also a huge part of my beauty routine as exercising makes me instantly happier and peppy. I do yoga and boxing, which are a very good combination to regenerate my body and mind every week.
On working out
Once a week I wake up very early to go to my yoga class. And I try to practice home for a half an hour 2 mornings a week. But I don't always practice on the mornings I wake up late after a big night. The mornings with the taste of red wine still in my mouth and the mark of the pillow on my cheek...
I’m not a shopping addict. I refuse to live a consumerist life. But I still love beautiful things. I choose to buy good quality things that don't wear out and that I really love because they represent who I am, not because they are fashionable this season. That said, the only brand/shop I like to go to is Sessun boutique rue de Charonne. I don’t know how to define my style but I usually wears dresses and tights or a top and pants- always with wacky details.
Clémence's Favorite Books
La Promesse de l'Aube by Gary Romain
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Clémence's Favorite Records
Muchacho by Phosphorescent
Starmania by Luc Plamondon & Michel Berger
Goon by Tobias Jesso Jr
Clémence's Favorite Movie's
Clémence's Favorite Places
Best glass of wine: DUNE
Best Place to Get A Picnic Basket: MYRTHE
Best Place to have a picnic: Canal St Matin
Best Mexican: Café Chilango
Best Romantic Dinner: Buvette
Best Dinner with Friend: La Madonnina
Best Veggie Lunch: Tien Hiang
Best Coffee: Pavillon des Canaux
Best Countryside Restaurant: La Recyclerie
Best Place to Buy Affordable Contemporary Art: Slow Galerie
Best Bookshop Gallery: Ofr
Best Place to Make Yourself A Present: Klin d'Oeil