Photo by Sachin S Pillai
How long have you been living in India? What drew you here?
10 years. It feels like home for me now.
I am still trying to figure out what drew me here. I am someone who gets bored quite fast, I constantly need new excitement to feed my soul, India gives me that. I get a surprise everyday and feel content!
How would you describe your design aesthetic? Do you have any rules to your design?
Trying to create images that make sense.
What's the funnest thing you're working on right now?
I've hand painted a jeweled print inspired by my favourite Indian jewellery designer. It's being silkscreen printed in jaipur and I can't wait to wear it!
You seem to use a lot of different mediums in your art. Which is your favourite?
I studied and experimented with a lot of different mediums while studying Art in Paris but I graduate in graphic design. Today I find that the project itself determines which medium is most appropriate. But I must say I hope to paint more in the future ...
How much does travel inspire the work you do?
I traveled quite a bit before settling down in India, but what keeps me here, I think, are the artisans . Indian artisanal work is fascinating, from the highest jewellers to the cheapest rakhi maker, all of it is beautiful. And I have an immense respect for all of them.
Also, it is good to be shaken in our little comfort zone. Traveling does that. It also makes us a bit more open minded and a bit more intelligent. Hopefully!
What would be a dream project for you?
I have so many dreams! A traveling and painting project; I would love to collaborate with NorBlack NorWhite on the traditional costumes of the different regions of India. :)
How would you describe your personal style? What's the staple in your wardrobe?
Hmmm I am quite 80's I think ... But the rule is to mix! In my wardrobe, there is always a very old t-shirt, so soft and cosy: comfort cloth.
Check out more of Deborah's work on her IG: @modestgeniusdesign