PLASTICINE PARADISE WITH ALEXANDRA BRUEL!January 22, 2013
Remember plasticine? Of course you do, it was a much loved childhood pass time and definitely less tasty than Play-Doh! Well one artist has re-found her plasticine passion, creating stunningly complex sculptures used in advertising all over the world. Let us introduce to you the work of Alexandra Bruel.
Based in France, Bruel began her career studying graphic design at the Gobelins school in Paris. A passion for crafting plasticine was born and Bruel has never looked back , generating demand from some of the most notorious companies in the world. We just had to get inside Alexandra’s mind and find out what was going on, check out what she had to say…
Hi Alexandra. What are you up to right now?
I’ve just booked tickets to London. I’ll be attending the Tabletalk event at The Union, I’ve done the artwork for the cover of the event magazine.
We love what you do. What first inspired you to use plasticine when making your art?
I quickly found the creative potential in plasticine. It’s not a new medium but I don’t think it has been explored enough. And, on top of it, it’s so relaxing to work with it.
You live and work in Paris, where’s your favourite place to hang out?
I love to have a drink at the Tiki Lounge (Rue de la Fontaine au Roi – 11eme arrondissement). It’s a bar with very good cocktails, a retro fifties exotic feel and oldies tunes. In the same area, where I love to hang out, there is this restaurant called Le Paris Féni, mix of Bengalese food and Mediterranean influences.
What advice would you give for anyone who is starting out as an artist?
« Enjoy mate »…Nah, seriously, I don’t have any.
Your work is in high demand, but if you could make a plasticine piece for anyone in the world, who would it be?
I’d love to do something for the band Fisherspooner.
Of your past projects, which was the most fun to make?
I think that was one of my first projects, a Stan Smith shoe for the magazine Shoe-Up. More than fun it was a dare that I took with my friends one night at a party, and I saw that there were plenty of things to do with this medium.
Do you think you will always use plasticine, where would you like to go next as an artist?
I think I still have plenty to do with it. But it’s certain that if I look forward I can see myself working with other materials, like resin or plastic in general, really, but I haven’t reached that point yet.
Here, enjoy some more of Alexandra’s work…
What would you make if you had the crazy skills of Alexandra Bruel? Let us know in the comments below…