Isabelle Kessedjian is a Parisan artist, painter, sculptor, author, photographer, teacher, Instagrammer and serial crocheter. Her beautiful "Quand je serai grande ..." (When I grow up, I will be...) series of drawings have been sold all over the world and can now be found on totes, backpacks, notebooks, pencil cases and other children's school supplies and accessories.
A divorced mother of two young boys, Kessedjian's art stretches across a broad spectrum of media including painting and sketching, sculpture, crochet, photography and papier mâché. She has published books on crochet, including the very popular My Crochet Doll and sells her sketches, drawings and other work here.
Ms Kessedjian, 46, divides her time between her studio in Paris, where she teaches workshops for adults and children, and a family home in Sauveterre, a village in the south of France. Kuwait Moms Guide spoke with Ms Kessedjian to learn more about her art, her creative process and her crochet.
KMG: Please tell us a bit about yourself?
Kessedjian: I was creative from early childhood. As a diplomat's daughter, I was lucky to visit many countries and discover their craft traditions. After finishing school, I studied graphic arts and marketing for four years. My work is edited in the form of canvas prints and various items.
KMG: What inspires your art and how do you create?
Kessedjian: I am mainly inspired by the childhood's world and the everyday little things. I wake up every morning with a head full of numerous ideas! I exploit texture and color by instinct, even though my work is structured by my artistic knowledge. As a general rule, I have in my mind a very accurate picture of what I want to create.
KMG: How would you describe your art?
Kessedjian: Funny, tender, fair... I seek above all to get pleasure and I hope that my world makes people happy.
KMG: How does crochet fit in with your drawings/art?
Kessedjian: I see crochet as a mean of expression in its own right. It allows me to play with volumes and colors, as if I was sculpting with thread.
KMG: What advice would you offer other creative mothers?
Kessedjian: I urge other mothers to create with their children as much as possible! It is good for the development of children and it helps to create an harmonious family life.
KMG: Your drawings of little girls are so unique and interesting, do they represent real people and do they have names/characters?
Kessedjian: I often think about specific persons when I am drawing, but it is my secret! The most important is that people enjoy my characters and take them on board.
KMG: How did you get started writing crochet books? What do you love about crochet?
Kessedjian: The Éditions Fleurus/Mango was hoping to publish a book about my painting studio's world. In this way, I did a first book that dealt with various techniques (papier mâché, painting, sewing, recycling...). We then published books about crochet only. Above all, I love crocheting things that are simple but have their own charm, those things that support you in life.
Check out Isabelle Kessedjian's blog or follow her on Instagram @kessedjian. You can also find the tutorial for the Instagram iPhone case here.
All photos used with the permission and courtesy of Isabell Kessedjian.