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12 WOMEN – 12 MONTHS

PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

A series of portraits, one each month, presenting twelve exceptionnel women in their creative environment of work and passion, all experts in their own field. 
Discover these remarkable personalities and their startling answers to the famous ‘Le questionnaire de Proust’ !

N° 1 Annabelle A.
N° 2 Emma W.
N° 3 Sarah de T.
N° 4 Ann B.
N° 5 Pia W.
N° 6 Sophie D.
N° 7 Ann W.
N° 8 Melanie S.
N° 9 Sissel W.
N° 10 Tinou S.
N° 11 Amanda W.
N° 12 Martina M.

photographe Jonas Ingerstedt

N° 6 : SOPHIE DUF

“The Illustrator”

Sophie with her vivid intellectual mind, charismatic personality à la Françoise Sagan and striking Parisian elegance is our sixth portrait.

An illustrator and Creative Artist by trade and an exceptional cook and gardener by nature, Sophie approaches all her projects with the same appetite and inexhaustible creativity with a constant search for perfection. 

A graduate of Science Po in 1985, Sophie spends several years working for numerous politicians, as a ghostwriter as well as working in financial institutions, but develops very quickly a curiosity for different artistic currents.

In 2009, although never having attended any artistic school, Sophie launched herself into the world of drawing as an autodidact, just like the famous illustrators Sempé and Pierre Le-Tan before her.

Sophie rapidly becomes a master of the « line » . With a certain economy of traits she achieves a particular balance made up of unexpected tensions and foreseen coincidences. An invented equilibrium with a delicate, poetic pencil stroke full of humor, fantasy and finesse. The « Duf » style is born !

From screen printing for a collection of clothes and shoes to the production of children’s books, through editions of wallpaper and furniture fabric and many other unique objects, it is by browsing through Sophie’s designs that one realizes the multiplicity and diversity of her work.

A collector at heart, Sophie has been watching over the foundation  of the painter Charles-Henri Monvert with whom she lived in her youth for several years.  Master of geometric abstraction, the artist who died in 2018, has just entered the collections of the MNAM-Centre Pompidou.

 

What is your most outstanding character trait ?

Relentlessness

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

A happiness greater than the previous one

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Do Paris-Nice, via the Napoleon road, at the wheel of my Triumph TR6

Which talent would you most like to have ?

A beautiful mezzo voice

Which living person do you most admire ?

People are versatile, it is better to wait until they die before admiring them

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Ulysse

Who are your faviorite writers ?

Musil, Flaubert, Tolstoi

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

The next one

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

None, reality always outweighs fiction for both good and bad

What do you regret the most ?

Having sold my Triumph TR6 after an accident

Which flower would you like to be ?

An Angelic

Who are your favorite artists ?

The ones I collect

Which bird would you like to be ?

An Avocet

What is your greatest fear ?

To fly

What is your most treasured possession ?

Unfortunately my glasses

What is your favorite occupation ?

To draw, preferably in my studio in Villiers sous Grez

What would you change about yourself if you could ?

Impatience

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

A painting in Venice: Giorgione’s The Tempest

What is your current state of mind ?

Hibernation

What is your favourite motto ?

If you don’t have time, take it !

N° 5 : PIA WALLÉN

“The Designer”

Pia, with her bold esthetic vision, outstanding  creative mind and unforgettable crimson lips and silvery hair, is our fifth portrait.

As one of the most celebrated designer in the contemporary scandinavian  scene, Pia operates within multiple fields combining different disciplines such as interior, textile and jewelry design where innovation, technique and use of unique materials interact with exceptional precision and acute attention to detail.

Her iconic designs, reflecting her interest in architectural form, created in her signature materials such as felt, leather and metal, has a strong attachment to traditional Swedish folk craft, but are as well resolutely contemporary. The combination of tradition and modernity has defined Pia’s handwriting, underlining her playful spirit and the use of colors ranging from lemon yellow to fuchsia pink that complement her fundamental use of black and white.

As Pia says :

« I like to think that I’m exploring my feminine, glamorous and perhaps futuristic sides, while still staying true to my traditional roots »

Pia, who was born in northern Sweden, divides her time in her magnificent artist’s studio in Stockholm, where she lives and creates, and in Mölle, her childhood town on the west coast of Sweden. 

Pia’s collections are sold by selected retailers worldwide and her work is also part of permanent collections in several museums such as Sweden’s National Museum of Fine Arts. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in esteemed venues, including Centre Pompidou in Paris and The Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

 

What is your most outstanding character trait ?

Playful and curious.

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

Experiencing love and being caught up in an inspiring creative process.

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Meeting my daughter Xi for the first time.

Which talent would you most like to have ?

Being able to speak more languages. 

Which living person do you most admire ?

My oldest friend Catarina.

Who are your favorite writers ?

Marguerite Duras is always one of my reoccurring favorites.

Which flower would you like to be ?

A peony

Which bird would you like to be ?

Common swift

Who are your favorite artists ?

Louise Bourgeois, Kristina Ericsson, Georgia O’Keeffe, and film director Claire Denis, among others

What is your greatest fear ?

Anger and aggression

What is your most treasured possession ?

My studio and a blanket from my childhood home

What is your favorite occupation ?

Sketching, tennis, and I love to dance

What would you change about yourself if you could ?

Be more outgoing

What is your current state of mind ?

I am working on stepping out of my safety zone

What is your favourite motto ?

Every meeting is a possibility to grow

N° 4 : ANN BONANDER LOOFT

“The Knitter”

Ann, with her unique imagination, swift intuitive thinking and striking nordic beauty is our fourth portrait.
A costume and set designer by profession and an exceptional artist , Ann works side by side with these multiple skills with rare energy and passion.

As a costume designer for over 25 years for theater, television and film, she masters the craft like a special art form, where clothes, characters, language, and artistic vision interact together. This in-depth process has led her to work with outstanding directors such as Lars Norén, Stefan Larsson and Lena Endre, in several theaters and stages in Europe such as The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and La Comedie Française in Paris.

Ann is also renowned for her knitted portable sculptures, where she makes knitting into something in between art and functional craft, a medium that flirts with sculptural form and wearable art. She knits intuitively, free hand and completely without patterns. The creative process is driven by an idea or a feeling, often drawing inspiration from the 1700th century, art, photography, film and fashion.
As she says « I look at everything, and I knit constantly, it’s like therapy »

Ann is currently exhibiting her knitted portable sculptures at the Vida museum in öland, Sweden.
The show is called « Barely Portable »

 

What is your most outstanding character trait ?

I’m quick in what I do which is good… but sometimes too quick, which is bad…

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

Be with my family and that we are all good

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

To have bought our house in Höganäs and to travel down in springtime with a fully packed car to last for the whole summer

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

That I got to work with Lars Norén and get to start making my own exhibitions

Which talent would you most like to have ?

To be able to draw completely freehand

Which living person do you most admire ?

A person who is wise, daring, responsive, caring, kind, strong

Who are your favorite writers ?

Donna Tartt, Roy Jacobsen, Lars Norén…. There are more

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

A country where there are compassion across borders, acceptance between differences and where you don’t feel threatened. Aesthetically beautiful with a lot of nature, beautiful low houses, no skyscrapers and a lot of natural materials, beautiful personal homes where everything you like can be accommodated, a lot of gardens and a lot of flowers.

What do you regret the most ?

When I have acted wrongly as a mother

Which flower would you like to be ?

Daisy

Which bird would you like to be ?

Albatross

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines ?

Gandhi

Who are your favorite artists ?

Louise Bourgeois, Helene Schjerbeck, Picasso…There are more

What is your greatest fear ?

That something is going to happen to my children

What is your most treasured possession ?

Our house in Höganäs

What is your favorite occupation ?

Knitting

What would you change about yourself if you could ?

Yoga more, sit quietly and read more, sometimes think more before I talk

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

I would like to be a mother to my children again and again and again…. so I guess I would like to come back as myself then…

What is your current state of mind ?

Both happiness and worry. Great joy in a lot of pleasurable work, but also worries right now in the family which is hard.

What is your favourite motto ?

To always attempt to do what you desire, but if it doesn’t meet you, you have to drop it.

N° 3 : SARAH de TELIGA

“The Painter”

Sarah, with her flamboyant eccentricity, witty sense of humour and irresistible smile is our third portrait.

An interior decorator and landscape designer by profession and a remarkable painter, Sarah moves between these multiple skills with rare devotion and engagement.

Sarah designs her gardens as she paints her canvases, taking into account shadows, light-filled spaces and colors, favoring free form and asymmetry to sculpt a landscape to be unlike any other and to enhance the beauty of nature.

As a painter, what interests her is what she sees, travelling with her canvases primed ready to start painting straight away « en plein air » in wind, rain and snow capturing at full speed everything that passes in front of her, rendering a reality, that endures beyond its own time.

Sarah, who is an expatriate Australian, divides her time between Paris where she lives and paints, and brittany and the south of France where she designs gardens and interiors of houses.

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

Spring, birdsong, drum and bass, dappled light.
Accord with my loved ones, in fact right now (not all at once or i would explode ) !

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Jumped on the train with my mother to Glyndebourne opera without tickets for the opera ( its a long way from London!…it turned out beautifully)

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

(other than making human beings ) protecting someone else in an split second of emergency

Which talent would you most like to have ?

I would like the ability to laugh easily and tap dance upstairs

Which living person do you most admire ?

Angela Merkel, Angela Davis, Stacey Abrams

Who are your favorite writers ?

(at the moment ) Primo Levi, Dickens, Seamus Heaney, Willa Cather, Ted Hughs

What do you regret the most ?

Lack of confidence to reflect slowly

Which flower would you like to be ?

Eucalyptus Tetratera

Which bird would you like to be ?

Bower bird or Owl

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Miss Marple

Who are your favorite artists ?

(at the moment ) Vilma Celmans, Marquet, Matthew Rose, Emily Kame Kingwarreye, Bonnard, Peter Doig

What is your most treasured possession ?

A tiger’s whisker, my children’s drawings

What is your favorite occupation ?

Painting in the landscape, planting a garden and the power of music every moment 

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

I would like to come back as a rock covered in lichen and moss.

What is your favourite motto ?

« Honor ante honores » – Honour before honors

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N° 2 : EMMA WARG

“The Poet”

Emma, with her sharp intellect, magnetic persona and stunning “Bergmanesque” beauty, is our second portrait.

A writer and art critic by profession and an outstanding  poet, Emma navigates between these multiple disciplines, where the interaction of one gives force to the other, with rare strength and imagination!
As art critic, she has an uncommon antenna for language and landscape, where questions and thoughts embark on an intellectual and emotional journey that reaches an unexpected level of prose.
Emma’s mantra, that she learned from her acting teacher in Los Angeles where she spent 6 years, is :
“Learn to take risks and keep the skin thin, let the outside inform the inside and vice versa”.

Emma is currently working towards a novel and a collection of poetry and divides her time between her beautiful apartment in Stockholm, the north in winter and at her house in the archipelago in spring.
Every Friday she demonstrates with #artistsforfuture, an artist community demonstrating  for more climate and environmental protection and meeting the goals of the Parisian agreement.

After spending many years in Paris during the 1990s, modelling for well known couture houses and fashion magazines, she is always longing back. As she says : “Paris is a state of mind”.

 

What is your most outstanding character trait ?

My patience

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

A sense of belonging

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Writing poetry

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

My daughter, whatever small part I played in her being

Which talent would you most like to have ?

Cross-country skiing

Which living person do you most admire ?

Greta Thunberg

Who are your favorite writers ?

Jamaica Kincaid, Maggie Nelson, Jacques Roubaud, Paul Celan*

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

The great state of multitudes

What do you regret the most ?

Most of the worrying, and perhaps the regrets themselves

Which flower would you like to be ?

Peony

Which bird would you like to be ?

Swallow

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Probably some antihero like Holden Caulfield, in The catcher in the rye. But if I need to feel courage I read poetry, Friederike Mayröcker for example

Who are your favorite artists ?

Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Torsten Andersson.**

What is your greatest fear ?

Climate changes and our inability to adapt to the changes and take action

What is your most treasured possession ?

My home

What is your favorite occupation ?

Writing

What would you change about yourself if you could ?

I would make some of my fears go away, but not the ones that compel me to change for the better

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

Emily Dickinson or an ocean (if an ocean is a thing ?)

What is your current state of mind ?

Hopeful but worried

What is your favourite motto ?

‘ I’ve been to hell and back and let me tell you it was beautiful ‘ (Louise Bourgeois)

*changes on a weekly basis.

**changes constantly.

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N° 1 : ANNABELLE ADIE

“The Artist”

Annabelle, with her beautiful shock of white hair and dazzling red lips, is our first portrait.
A visual artist by profession, and an outstanding sculptrice, Annabelle is as luminous as her sculptures are sharp.
Her creative media navigates between ceramic installations, textile art and photography, dividing her time between her studios in Paris, Le Marche in Italy and Edinburgh.
She has appeared in numerous publications such as Thames & Hudson and Rizzoli, exhibited in both Paris, New York and  Venice such as the “House of Waris” curated by Waris Ahluwalia, and appeared on France TV 5. 

What is your most outstanding character trait ?

Resourceful

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

Making it happen

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Deciding to have 2 wonderful children

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

Making the best out of creating multiple lives with my family

Which talent would you most like to have ?

Perfect pitch, and play the piano like Thelonius Monk

Which living person do you most admire ?

‘Living person’ makes it very tricky ! Girl: Jill Bolte Taylor. Boy: David Attenborough

Who are your favorite writers ?

Voltaire, Wassili Grossman, Susan Sontag, Christopher Hitchens, David Hume, Cocteau, Nietzsche, Richard Feynman…

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

The fusion of Scotland and Italy

What do you regret the most ?

Not meeting my paternal grandparents, both characters with outstanding human qualities and humour

Which flower would you like to be ?

A scented rose with tight multiple layers of pale pink petals

Which bird would you like to be ?

An Owl or a Robin Red breast

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Piglet and Eeyore

Who are your favorite artists ?

Louise Bourgeois, Cy Twombly, Claes Oldenburg, Anish Kapoor, Nina Canell, J-M Basquiat, Theaster Gates …

What is your greatest fear ?

Being paralysed by fear

Annabelle is wearing the top Glenn in a vintage dot print in silk twill from the 1970s

What is your most treasured possession ?

My notes

What is your favorite occupation ?

Giggling with my children while talking about great art and inspiring people

What would you change about yourself if you could ?

Have a better memory

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

No question of dying but a dog is fun to try

What is your current state of mind ?

Recharging the batteries

What is your favourite motto ?

‘ogni limite ha una pazienza’ Toto ( Principe Antonio de Curtis, Naples) ‘every limit has a patience’

www.annabelleadie.com

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