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Typography interview with MLCK

I seriously can’t remember how I got to discover MLCK‘s work but it was love at first sight! His typography is completely amazing, he lives in Biarritz, France next to the waves and create artwork for fun and for a living. (I know I want his life too) Anyways, I had to show you his work and interview him about his techniques, inspirations and story. 

When did your love for letters begun? 
I was first attracted by typography during my design studies, whether it was on the computer or on the paper. However, 4 years ago I had a massive crush on the sign painters profession. They are artisans who kind of protect the work of letters. It is at this point, when discovering their work that I dedicated myself to create typography.

What is your process of work? How do you start a design?
I start with different sketches while listening to really loud music.
When I finally get a good composition, I redesign it to get a clean version. Concerning the engravings, I use tracing paper (the concept is the same as when you get tattoo) to be able to draw outlines. I need them because when I engrave a mirror for example, I cannot erase, I have no mistakes allowance!
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Do you sell your artwork or is it mainly commissioned? 
It is mainly commissioned with brands, blogs, bars, but some people came to me because they wanted to decorate their living room. Do it’s a bit of everything and everybody.
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Why do you live in Biarritz? 
For the living environment of course!
I was born in Paris, thus to live where I used to spend my holidays is more than pleasant!

We see your workshop in the MLCK : MONA video and it looks awesome! Do you share it with other artists?
It is actually my parent’s farm and it is where everything began.
I had in mind the idea of engraving my illustrations onto wood. I then settle down there for few weeks in my dad’s workshop.
The first piece that I created over there was “Skinny Love”, and having great feedback, I wanted to go further and engrave on old mirrors!
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Any artists or people you admire that you want to talk about?
The artists whom I admire the most today are Jon Contino and Dana Tanamachi. They are for me, the precursors of the return of hand-made typography.

Did you design all your tattoos? 
Nope I trusted Romain Pareja‘s talent for that. He is the founder of the Hand in Glove Tattoo Shop in Paris.

Projects coming up for 2014?
Yes a lot! I also want to go on a higher level by engraving mirrors even bigger and paint on giant walls! We shall see what the future holds for me!
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Aurélien Heilbronn B&W shots

We’ve been following Aurélien Heilbronn for a bit now, remember our article about his video Wouh. Well, he has been continuing directing and also taking amazing photos on the side.

Obviously we’ve been stalking him and his amazing West Hollywood/Brooklyn life on Instagram and we wanted to share some of his photos that we found pretty cool. To make it more interesting we asked him what was behind those photographies. Check them out, you can also follow Aurélien on Instagram.

kanye-west-aurelien-klapmagJames Goldstein, Kanye West and Aurélien
This photography was taken in Paris after a friend from New York introduced me to Kanye. Meeting, and sometimes working with creative people that inspire you is such a chance.

matistudioI always have my Yashica with me and capture even when I’m filming. Last summer, I directed a music video in Brooklyn and this was on the set.

spenceandfriendsNew York nightlife has something incomparable to any other cities and it gave me some of my more interesting shots. Having crazy friends helps too.

bathfootYou may only see her feet but I can tell you that sharing your life with someone so lovely, funny (and photogenic) is a blessing. I owe her a lot.

See more on his website aurelienheilbronn.com

 

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Hyes Ligne d’hiver

HYES is an independent and multidisciplinary creation studio.
I discovered them about two years ago in a fashion trade show. I was attracted by the geometry of their shapes and their original 3D concept.
HYES is contemporary, using graphics and structure to give more texture to the clothing. They describe their creative work as “working on angles and carve into the fabric like a diamond cutter.”
HYES just released in collaboration with photographer Nastasia Dusapin their new collection. A beautiful playful and nostalgic video focusing on the raw. I’ll let you enjoy it.

Director-Nastasia Dusapin
Stylist-Caroline Nedelec
Graphic Design-Jefferson Paganel
Model-Eléonore Wismes

HYES is full of artistic inspirations and I wanted to know more about what was behind their new collection. Therefore, I asked Caroline (one of the two behind HYES) to give me 5 keywords that inspired her new collection “Ligne d’hiver” as well as photographies to see what she had in mind.

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Schemata Architects - Mathias Kiss 

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Woodford you made 2014 beautiful to begin with

Every year in Woodford, Queensland, Australia takes place the Woodford Folk Festival. It is a place in the mountains where people smile, the feeling of freedom is continuous and seriously if you could live there you would. Spending NYE over there was the most wonderful time of my life. The age goes from new bord to 80 years old. Environmentalists, families, artists, hipsters, hippies, everybody was there to welcome 2014 and this was a beautiful start of the year. Here is what I’ve captured from there:

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Live, Fit, Now: Tara’s mantra

Have you done your resolutions list yet?
I’m pretty sure that “Exercise” is part of it. Don’t subscribe to a gym where you’ll never go, don’t force yourself to run if you hate it, just move your body and do something that you like. I understood that after interviewing Tara who has her own training company Live Fit Now and explained that exercising and eating healthy is part of a whole lifestyle.
I’ll let you watch all of her tips and explanation about how exercising can make you feel better and healthier:

Also she has a book http://www.live-fit-now.com/ebook.html
Join the community on Facebook and talk about your own experience with all the Livefitters out there.
www.live-fit-now.com

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6 VIDEOS YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS WEEK #5

SAINT LAURENT MUSIC PROJECT – Curtis Harding

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K Woman by HUNTER & GATTI

BLOUM – Faith

Moveable House Elii 067 Didomestic

FRENCH FICTION – Hervé De Wilde & Charles Bourgois
(just because someone told me yesterday how great it was to get beers at McDonald’s in France)

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We Are All The Same

To begin this new year, I wanted to share this amazing project that mixes photography, video and street art. Well, you know, kind of what we like here at Klap. Ankom Dreams is an artistic duo with a simple message  “Difference is the best ressemblance”, I’ll let you enjoy this awesome piece.

“We Are All The Same” from Ankom Dreams started as a photographic project but they went the extra mile and made it into a video. Beautiful lyrics, music, images, and men of course. Raw images representing 6 men uniting in the street, despite their looks, differences and skin color.

The project is a beautiful collaboration between the duo Ankom Dreams, director Dabo Premier Kadima, poet Jay Prophet and composer Ouz’One.

Such a beautiful message to start this new year, can’t wait to see the future projects of Ankom Dreams.
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If you want to see more, here’s and interview from cool mag Dame Olive

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Feeling home with Maison Côme

Côme is a fashion family house located in Paris–where the designers grew up–with it’s own odour, style and characteristics.

Brother and sister, Clémence and Matthieu came together to create this beautiful project. A feminine and masculine mix that we can see  all the way through their collection.

What I love about their concept is their originality and that their clothes are double sided. They are reversible, adaptable to the style you want to have for the day or the moment. It can be worn by a man and a woman. Yes you will finally be able to steal each other’s clothes without feeling guilty!

Côme is like home: where each piece of clothing is unique and one member of one big family.

Check their website: maison-come.fr

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