Interview with Set Designer and Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

You may remember the incredibly vibrant poster depicting the effects of ocean pollution over time from Paris based paper artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt. She captured this unfortunate timeframe beautifully, while also including the bottles, cans and trash, layering to add depth to the piece. You will see her passion lies in patterns and colorful papercraft juxtapositions that have been included in a wide array of displays for windows and even some luxury brands. So let’s jump right into the interview and learn a little bit more about Aline. Enjoy!

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

Tell us a little more about your background – what path led you to what you are doing now?
I graduated in Textile design. Colors, patterns and materials are a real passion to me. It always has been this way. I also learned the Traditional Chinese paper technique in a design institute in China.

When I decided to become a freelancer, I started by create textile patterns for few brands. But I won’t fit my need. I needed to crafted things. To manipulate and touch materials and colors. That’s how I came to paper.

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

You have quite a range in your work, set design, window displays, pattern design… is there anything you don’t do? Is there a favorite type amongst the many that you enjoy doing and why?
I love my job because I do a lot of different things. I also love to explore new techniques, to overcome challenges, to go out of my comfort zone and update my skills. And that’s what my clients love!! I always say that nothing is impossible and I manage to find solutions to bring the impossible to life.

To answer the question, I love to work with vivid colors and create contrast that sting the eyes. And I also love when there is a great number of details like in my piece «Fronton de L’Hôtel de Ville de Paris.

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

Is there something that you are currently working on, or that you are excited about starting that you can tell us about?
I’m currently working on a very big window display project, for a french luxury brand. That’s my most ambitious project to date. It will be visible end of 2017 summer. I really can’t wait to tell you more about that!

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

Take us through your creative process. Also if your work had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
First, there always is a documentation phase. To become more familiar with the theme. Second, I draw some roughs accompanied by color ranges. Then I produce a more precise study with more precise technical diagrams that help for the volume creation.

After the cutting process come the assembly. All the elements are cautiously carried to be installed where it should. To me, a project is finishs when I can communicate about. (website, social networks – I love to show backstage on my Instagram : alinehd)

If I would choose a soundtrack I’ll say “Paper Planes” from M.I.A

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

Are you involved in any upcoming shows or events? If so, where and when?/ What is your favorite piece to date, is it hard to part with your artwork?
I have the chance to expose in the « Grand Palais » in Paris during the « Révélation » show from May 4-8th. That’s a pretty prestigious place. You will have the chance to discover the special piece I have been working on.

What is the average time for a piece start to finish? What tools do you use?
I rarely count the hours I spend working on a project… I love so much what I am doing! Sometimes I’m still at my workshop at 11pm… And my projects are so different from each other that the time varies.

About my tools, there obviously are different cutting tools as different types of glue. It depends on the technique I use and the render I’m aiming for.

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

What is a source of inspiration not art/design related?
Everything around me can be transformed into inspiration. Cooking, architecture, nature… I always try to take a lot of photos of things that I see everyday, keeping them in my Personal Inspiration Booklet.

And of course, traveling is a huge inspirational source.

If you could work with any artist dead or alive who would that be and why?
I would love to work with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. His universe, his colors, his drawing signature pleases me a lot. His creations touch me.

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

What is the worst job you ever had?
Without any hesitation: Night watchman in a luxury residence!
A pretty hard job, especially when you a have another job during the day!!!

Interview with Paper Artist Aline Houdé-Diebolt

Is there anymore information you would like to share with our viewers? What piece of advice would you give to anyone trying to pursue a field in paper design?
Paper is a really fascinating material. There are 1000 ways to use it, I do not really have any advice to give, everyone has to use it in their own way. The most important thing is to have fun!

Aline, thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions and share your work and process. We look forward to more of your exciting works down the line. To our viewers, be sure to post below with your thoughts and if you know of any artists that work in the realm of paper that you would like to be interviewed be sure to shoot us an e-mail.

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