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Tinou S


“The Colorist”

Tinou, with her poetic mind, lively curiosity and sense of childlike wonder is our tenth portrait.

As an illustrator and artist navigating between different creative territories, Tinou’s work is as varied as her creative sources of inspiration. Her delicately poetic and magical world is a play of light where the colors are vibrant, the lines are sharp and the shapes are dancing.

From fashion to children’s books and from textile to communication, it is by browsing through Tinou’s artwork that you realize the multiplicity and diversity of her creative disciplines, where her chromatic palette, refined line drawings and complex compositions are astonishing. Amongst her multiple skills, Tinou favours the technique of « decoupage » using gouache painted on cut-out tissue paper, reconciling the fragile and harmonious balance between form and color.

As Tinou herself say’s : ” The gesture of cutting, unites painting, color and line, finding the fluidity of the brush by drawing with a pair of simple scissors. ”

Tinou has worked with selected institutions worldwide such as Comedie Française, Amnesty International and Museo Del Prado just to mention a few. She has also worked for many prestigious brands such as Swarovski, Dior and Louis Vuitton.


What is your most outstanding character trait ?


What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

A day out of time, with my family, friends to read, garden, draw, create and work on a new project.

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Smoke and speak my mind

Which talent would you most like to have ?

Ability to speak in all languages

Which living person do you most admire ?

My children.
I admire their ability to be so imaginative and creative, imagining
a brighter future in a time full of uncertainty

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Edward Scissorhands, for the scissors

Who are your favorite writers ?

Classics, Kessel, Camus, Prévert, Vian, Cendrars, Kundera, Hemingway, Herman Hess, Charlotte Delbo, Grace Paley, Thomas Mann, Spinoza, Colette, Alice Zeniter… and many other crime novel authors

Tinou is wearing the shirt Liv in a vintage green silk crèpe de chine from the 1990s

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

My freedom

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

In Paradise

What do you regret the most ?

That the word Regret exists

Which flower would you like to be ?


Who are your favorite artists ?

All those who are not yet born

Which bird would you like to be ?

The Phoenix

What is your greatest fear ?

Not to die?

What is your most treasured possession ?

My eyes, my right hand

What is your favorite occupation ?

Research, draw, imagine

What would you change if you could ?

Everything, I’ll keep my feet

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be ?

A tree covered in fruit and flowers, preferably in front of the sea, with branches to shelter and welcome birds and climbers

What is your current state of mind ?


What is your favourite motto ?

“I just want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares” from Saul Bass

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