Interview of Moule by Sophie Pellegrini
Tell us a bit about yourself.
One day a friend of mine gave me a pen. It was an amazing pen that had a brush similar to a Chinese brush and it made beautifull bold black strokes. I could not stop drawing with it.
I had just arrived in London and was crashing at my very good friend Sylvana’s house in Aldgate, East London. When she got back from school I was on her bed testing this pen, feeling the passion, feeling inspired, feeling like this was the thing that I had missed all my life. The pen was giving me the confidence I had lacked for the last 24 years. She looked at my sketch book with wide eyes, and was laughing more and more as she was scrolling through the dozen of pages I had done that night. Dickheads, naked chicks, patterns, and fuck faces. At the end of my doodles she looked up and said, “You need to do something with this, I am not kidding, this needs to get out there.” And that’s when Moule was born, the biggest part of me being itself at last.
How did you get started in the arts?
My grandpa was always an art collector, and my mother an amazing watercolor painter. She would always encourage me to draw, paint, stick, tear, cut, and be creative when I was a kid. My father on his side is a self-taught landscape gardener and sometimes sculptor who taught me to love plants from the bottom of my heart and encouraged me to read comic books. I used to go to art classes when I was a kid, had Art as an option in high school, and then did a graphic design school. I was just brought up with very creative, open-minded parents.
Tell us a bit about your career as a graphic designer.
My career as a graphic designer started not that long ago as I graduated in June 2014 in Marseille. I had done a couple of internships in a creative agency in Soho and I was then asked to move from France to London for a permanent job as a Junior Graphic Designer in the same place. My dreamy career started then. But I do hope I can shift my career closer to illustration with time!
Tell us about your work process.
My work process is quite simple, my drawings often represent things I have an urge to talk about, it’s my diary. I have a notebook in my bag where I write ideas that cross my mind during the day and I try and draw them in the evening (I still have about 30 undrawn ideas). The latest one for example was, “God all mighty my jeans are so tight I can’t even fart.” I draw whilst listening to music– always! A big part of the process must be, to make someone smile.
I also do lino, which is a bit different process wise – I always think about it a for longer. I need to have sketched out the drawing a couple of times and be sure of the final lines. Because once you start curving in the lino there’s no going back!
Do you have a favorite project or image that you’ve created?
It would have to be the dinosaur girl dancing. I love dinosaurs and this illustration represents me in one of my favourite moments, dancing like a party animal on a Friday night. Moreover, the pattern in the background is made with a potato stamp, I just love the feel of potato stamps!
Feminism plays a role in your illustrations. What does “feminism” mean to you? How does it relate to your artwork?
Feminism to me is purely about equality of rights… of rights, of thoughts, of freedom to be.
I profoundly think that times have changed and we can’t accept letting people feel in any way uncomfortable with the way they are. I’m hoping we’ll all be allowed to do what we want one day without feeling judged. I hate the world that has been created for us where plastic girls feel the urge to take a selfie at the gym.
It completely relates to my work as all of my Moules have that freedom, it’s easier to represent your feelings on a drawing, they can openily be naked, sexy, rude, and themselves in all of the ways I wish we could all be. I hope it helps people realize we are aloud to say what we think.
What are three of your favorite personal qualities?
Loud, bold, and hairy.
Is your glass half full or half empty?
Always half full… of red wine mostly.
What’s one of your favorite quotes, or a great piece of advice/wisdom that you’ve received?
“Qui ne tentes rien n’as rien” — which is a French quote that means “if you don’t try anything you won’t get anything.” But there’s also a good quote Grandma used to say: “There’s no point worrying about something you can’t change.”