#CARVENSEENBY Damien Cuypers

For its Advent Calendar, Carven gave carte blanche to 20 artists, each of whom was asked to revisit a key item in the 2018 cruise collection. To revisit the Patchwork shirt, Serge Ruffieux commissioned the illustrator Damien Cuypers, known for his pastel sketeches. Who are you ?
I am a 34-year-old French illustrator. I've lived in New York for a few years, but I regularly come back to France, notably for fashion week. I have drawn and I liked color since I was a child. I studied at the Emile Cohl school in Lyon, where drawing is taught in quite a conventional way. Today, I am divided between technical virtuosity and childlike spontaneity.
What does this pre-Christmas period mean to you ?
Waiting has always been a pleasure for me. But I no longer associate Christmas with gifts, like when I was a child. Above all, I want to spend a beautiful moment with the people that I love. I have a strange feeling of guilt when someone offers me a gift. I prefer to be offered a good bottle of wine or a dinner, a moment to share.
What would be your ultimate artistic dream for the year 2018 ?
I would like to spend more time outside New York and develop projects with local craftsmen. And in my wildest dreams, I would like France to truly live up to its fraternity motto by welcoming migrants and stopping selling weapons.

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#CARVENSEENBY Damien Cuypers

For its Advent Calendar, Carven gave carte blanche to 20 artists, each of whom was asked to revisit a key item in the 2018 cruise collection. To revisit the Patchwork shirt, Serge Ruffieux commissioned the illustrator Damien Cuypers, known for his pastel sketeches. Who are you ?
I am a 34-year-old French illustrator. I've lived in New York for a few years, but I regularly come back to France, notably for fashion week. I have drawn and I liked color since I was a child. I studied at the Emile Cohl school in Lyon, where drawing is taught in quite a conventional way. Today, I am divided between technical virtuosity and childlike spontaneity.
What does this pre-Christmas period mean to you ?
Waiting has always been a pleasure for me. But I no longer associate Christmas with gifts, like when I was a child. Above all, I want to spend a beautiful moment with the people that I love. I have a strange feeling of guilt when someone offers me a gift. I prefer to be offered a good bottle of wine or a dinner, a moment to share.
What would be your ultimate artistic dream for the year 2018 ?
I would like to spend more time outside New York and develop projects with local craftsmen. And in my wildest dreams, I would like France to truly live up to its fraternity motto by welcoming migrants and stopping selling weapons.