Posted on October 29, 2015

SPOTLIGHT: Isabelle Pegna


So I’m 5 months into my French learning journey and I’m still absolutely loving it but I have to say there are some days when I feel like I’m finally starting to progress with the language but many more days where I think, am I ever going to be able to learn this language?!!

On those days I usually gain a lot of encouragement from many awesome native-French speakers on a language exchange app, which has led me to meeting some great people around the world, one of whom then introduced me to the talented artist Isabelle Pegna from France.

Isabelle is a Parisian artist who trained at the Ateliers du Carrousel du Louvre, where she learned the art of decorative painting, ceramics and sculpture.

She has long been working in the fashion industry, creating painted canvas sets for photoshoots using various textures and materials. Isabelle currently creates objects and screens with intricate ornamental motifs, as well as custom made wooden furniture, in her Paris studio.

I fell in love with her stunning intricate designs, screens and artwork, and we’re honored to be interviewing Isabelle today on the blog 🙂

Welcome, Isabelle!
– Marryam x

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Where are you located?
I live and work in Paris.

In one sentence, describe your motivation in life:
I am always careful to act according to my personal moral code so that my family and friends may be proud of me.

Tell us the story of how you got started with your artwork / business:
It’s difficult to determine the exact starting point of my artistic activity as creation is a lengthy process. I have been painting and drawing since childhood and my style has taken shape over the years. There was never a real trigger, it has always been obvious to me that I would be an artist.

For my screens, my approach was purely utilitarian. I created a model for my husband’s photo studio, and keeping in mind that the useful could also be beautiful, so I decorated it with silver leaf.

Since then I have continued to create decorative screens and face shields that I treat like paintings.

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Which is one of your favourite artworks of your own, and why?
My favorite is always the one I have just finished, which leads me to plan the next one which is already taking shape in my mind.

What is the highlight or ‘I can’t believe this!’ moment so far on your artistic journey?
My most emotionally powerful moment is when my work is finally finished and assembled and I can feast my eyes on it and touch it.

How does faith affect your approach to your art/business?
Spirituality and religion lead me to introspection and the constant search for beauty and perfection. They accompany me as subtly as possible in my approach and creative research. The sacred is always present.

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What/where/who inspires you?
Poetry is a source of reflection; music and songs a source of inspiration; landscapes, nature and certain places feed my imagination. My journey is therefore infinite. The art, the architecture, and the symbolic are very important to me and inspire me.

How do you handle the inevitable creative block?
When I get stuck on an idea and feel unable to express it as I would like, I wait – but never passively. I first try to empty my mind (and my drawing board) then I draw on my sources compulsively. I work harder, which reassures me – I never give up or yield to facility, and I repeat the same patterns over and over until I attain some level of satisfaction.

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What 2 pieces of advice, based on your own experience, would you give to a fellow artist starting out?
My advice would be: Do what you love and what inspires you …. be true to yourself and to your passion, and never give up as long as you believe.

Favourite Social Media or Marketing Platform?
Pinterest and Instagram

If you could travel to one place anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
Without any hesitation I would travel to CONSTANTINOPLE for the AYASOFYA!!!

Where would you love to see your art / business in 5 years time?
I’m not sure, I dream… but it will be where it should be anyway!

Capture d’écran 2015-10-22 à 11.42.22 AMYou can find Isabelle’s work here:

Instagram: @isabellepegnamuslim
Facebook: Isabelle Pegna Muslim Décoration

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