Three illustrators to keep an eye on

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From Lyon to Brussels, these illustrators offer a fresh and innovative vision of their art with creations that are perfectly on-trend. We met them during their collaborations with American Vintage.

Brussels: Clarisse and Cathy from Atelier Louves

Cathy and Clarisse are a Brussels-based duo of creatives specialised in murals and graphic design.

Atelier Louve started its adventure two years ago. What made you decide to launch your collection?

We met at La Cambre, one of the major art and design schools in Belgium. I studied engraving and illustration, while Cathy studied graphic design. Then, our lives took different directions. After doing our respective jobs for several years, we decided to draw together and unite our talents. We quickly found a real driving force in collective creation.

How would you define your work?

We call it “graphic illustration”. The idea is to make illustrations on all materials using all techniques: from frescoes to painting by way of silk-screening and textiles. This is what we love about working together: each person brings their own expertise to the table.

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We have different characters, but our ideas complement each other. One person brings more rigour and analysis, while the other experiments and thinks more outside the box. By working together, we create a shared identity. It’s a constant process of discussion, negotiation and acceptance.

Can you tell us about your collaboration with American Vintage?

We love fashion and we’ve always wanted to collaborate with a clothing brand. But it was really important to draw for a label that matches our identity. We like the “just out of the workshop” aspect of American Vintage. These are comfortable clothes made from noble materials. We particularly like their jean jumpsuits, which are sexy and cool at the same time. We customised jackets, but we also got the chance to draw on the window of the Brussels store. The result? Feminine, summery and natural.

Discover their Instagram account: @atelier_louves

Lyon: Marie Guillard, alias Marie Guu

After studying at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, Marie started her art career, drawing in ink or painting, always by hand.

You started out as a graphic designer before moving on to illustration. Can you tell us about your background?

I studied visual communication at the Olivier de Serre school in Paris and then at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. I worked for several years as a freelance graphic designer, while starting to draw again – which is how I got my first orders. Soon, I was able to devote all my time to illustrating and make a living from it.

How would you define your work?

I’m motivated by stories and shapes from my daily life. You see a lot of bodies in my work. I like to draw women, sitting in front of a mirror, mixed together in improbable positions, but always graceful. I focus on dreams and introspection, with a sense of playfulness and absurdity in the compositions.


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 What are your inspirations?

I’m really inspired by the collages of Matisse, but also the satirical and anthropological photos of Martin Parr.

Can you tell us about your collaboration with American Vintage stores?

It was pretty simple. The idea was to create a sunny and summery atmosphere to go with the brand’s summer collection. I dreamt up a scene on the entire façade, which unites vegetation and women’s bodies. I decided to do the drawing in white marker to add a feeling of lightness and not detract from the elements of the window display.

Discover her Instagram account: @marieguu.

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