Tell us about yourself. What do you do, and your background?
I was born in the West Indies but I grew up in Paris. At an early age, I developed an interest in Art forms and specifically to Illustration, I remembered carrying a blue notebook with me all the time in which I used to draw a lot of stories, create all sort of characters back when I was in elementary school. I wanted to become a comic book artist. When I went to University to study Art and learned about the movements, philosophy & aesthetic I fell in love with the Ukiyo-e style, the work of the classic Japanese master, Utamaro, Hiroshima, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Hokusai. It blew my mind, influenced me a lot, my drawing style totally evolved. Then, I put aside the idea of becoming a comic book artist, instead I wanted to focus solely on making illustrations work and exhibit my artworks. That's what I did. With a good friend, we started a collective: MMav, where we basically experimented and developed our craft. We did some Street Art, worked as graphic designers for brands like Dc Shoes Europe, Bleu de Paname & Supra Paris. It was an exciting time! At some point, I knew it wasn’t enough, something was definitely missing, I needed to explore other creative fields even know Illustration was and still is my main interest.
Can you introduce Le Journal de Bord? What’s your initial intention and expectation?
I was running a Tumblr which is probably still online as we speak, where I used to post all the things I was interested in, my illustration work, skate videos, interviews, editorial stuff and my iPhone pictures. The concept and name Journal de bord was born in 2012 when our collective made our first exhibition in collaboration with DC Shoes Europe at their creative space The Hub. I had a simple idea, document our working method, from the choice of illustrations to where we bought our supplies and how we did the installation. People only see the final outcome. Let's show what they cannot see, what's happening behind the scenes. We produced a limited zine of the exhibition. Following this event, I understood that I truly enjoy the process of making a book, writing stories and taking pictures. I planned a trip to Berlin to visit my ex-girlfriend who was living there and make the first Journal de Bord issue about a city. Divided into two parts, I shared my experience by writing what I was doing on a daily basis then, I was running interviews of creative people. I covered the cities of Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico & Taipei... I had no specific intention when I began this project. I was traveling and felt the need to produce something from each trip. What better thing than a book? It’s an object that will last, full of memories that you can share with everyone and at the same time it was a new challenge. I was practicing, getting better at editing and photography. I have no creative boundaries. Le Journal de Bord is an extension of my body of work. I am the founder, publisher, and creative director. My expectations? Keep doing what I started by publishing more Artists books under Le Journal De Bord éditions, share photography works, travelling and keep doing interviews!
Can you talk about your feeling and thoughts about managing this entity, especially developing the content in Taiwan.
It's quite funny because I didn't want to do anything related to it when I settled in Taipei. I was still trying to figure out what was my place, what role I should play in this new chapter of my life. It is only after two months that I started to contact people to do interviews. It was pleasing to meet all of these people so quickly and to be able to tell their stories through my media. It’s a lot of work but I enjoyed every single part of it. I don't want to force myself to do five interviews a month, it's not how I work, I don't have a schedule. I am focusing on things I’m curious about. I usually contact people through social medias or sometimes their e-mail. I never prepare questions in advance, I just go with the flow and I think I am getting better with interviews!