NOTRE GANGIRL D'AVRIL: ISABELLE FELIU
Hello Isabelle, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a 27 years old girl from Québec City. I was always passionate about fashion and I studied fashion design and merchandising. I moved to Oslo a few years ago when I met my Norwegian boyfriend, and I am now working from home as an Illustrator. I would say that I am an introverted dreamer.
We love your illustrations! While creating, where do you take your inspirations from?
I think the best thing about being in a creative field is that everything becomes a potential source of inspiration; I try to be sensitive to what surrounds me to get the most out of it. I would say that what inspires me the most is travelling, but social media and fashion shows also have a huge influence on what I want to include in my illustrations.
Your work always makes us daydream about being near to a beach somewhere. But personally, are you a winter person or summer person?
Definitely a summer person! I have always lived in cold countries and although I have good memories of playing in the snow when I was little, I am over it now.
We notice that you mostly illustrate women in a specific, exaggerated physical proportion. Is there a particular reason behind that?
Not really, it is not something that I did consciously when I my style started developing. In fashion school, with learned to draw these long and elegant silhouettes which I think can be very nice too, but I had done so much of it, I think I got a little bored.
Has there been one place that you traveled and got inspired the most?
I recently went to India. The whole trip was very inspiring but I especially fell in love with the city of Jaipur; It was like being in a dream! I discovered step wells that I had only seen on pictures before, and they became my new obsession.
ISABELLE'S ART WORK INSPIRED BY HER TRIP TO JAIPUR IS SEEN BELOW:
How would you describe your personal style?
Very simple, casual. I don’t accessorize much. Sometimes I hit on extravagant pieces, but I always end up choosing things that I know I will love for a long time. I would say my uniform is a good pair of high waisted jeans and a turtle neck (and slip-ons if only I lived in a warm place)
What would be your 3 favorite pieces from our store?
It was very hard to make a choice!
If you could create a gang with 3 woman you admire, who would they be?
Again, that’s very hard. There are just so many! On top of my head I would say Miranda Makaroff, Oroma Elewa and Garance Doré.
What’s your top 3 places in Oslo?
Torggata Botaniske, a beautiful botanical bar with delicious cocktails
Heaven Scent, a beauty shop with an amazing selection
Taylor & Jørgen, who make the best doughnuts in town
What’s your best memory from Paris?
I have a lot of good memories in Paris, but last time I went with my boyfriend was great! We rented the smallest Airbnb and we just ate, shopped and explored for a week.
How did you discover Gang of Earlybirds?
Are you an earlybird?
Not naturally, but I try to and I feel awfully guilty if I am not up at 8 (which is not bad for someone who works from home)