Anne-Sophie Cochevelou was featured in our 2nd sugar-coated issue and is an outsider artist and designer, projecting her wild and vibrant ideas onto garments, jewellery and accessories. She uses original self-sourced up-cycled items, particularly focusing on Lego and Barbie dolls, breathing new life into the haggard dolls. We take five minutes to chat with her once again.
“I make costumes for theatre, accessories based on Lego and Barbie and I also create my own costume based performance. I see it as a package, a life style and I couldn’t leave aside one of my activities for another.
In my garments I tend to use everything ; plastic, rubber, toys, paint, metal… I source my materials in flea markets, card boots sales and charity shops. Sometimes even from the trash or the street. I try to see the creative potential of every single object and I feel everything can be stitched onto clothes to create wearable art. Lots of people know I am up-cycling stuff and so they donate all of their unwanted objects. My creations are unique piece because they are the product of my scavenger hunt. They come from the necessity of my lucky dips, a meeting point between chance and my creativity. I never make the same thing twice!
My work is for anyone who don’t want to blend in. Everything is made by hands (you should see all the little holes in my fingers caused by stitching). It is very time consuming, meticulous, and sometimes quite physical when you have to drill holes or work with really stiff material. I do not always enjoy the process but I like the idea that at the end of the day I will produce a piece of art.
The best part of design is the beginning with the excitement of the new project and the end with the satisfaction of the finished piece. I always have a moment of terror in between, before actually starting the garment. I start panicking and think it will never work. At this point sometimes I start another project to escape my anguish before coming back to the making process.
My ideas come as visions they can happen anytime, when I am cycling, when I am taking my shower, when I am dreaming. It often starts by blurry image and then it becomes more define with time. But if I have the intuition it is going to work, no one can’t stop me from doing it.
Colours are actually the shape of my design; they are the main material of my work. I don’t know if I am good at matching them together but I like them vibrant and gaudy. For the same I am working on a dress more as a sculptor than a tailor. I don’t really design it but I tend to experiment directly on my mannequin.
It feels amazing when someone wears my art! To see that I am not just a crazy girl alone in my own world and that some people do actually like my work is great. I also tend to think it’s look better on other people than on me. I try to sleep a minimum 8 hours per night an eat healthily. It sounds stupid but your body is strongly connected to your mind so you need to take care of it. I can’t create if I am too tired. People’s support and encouragement is essential; I feed myself from the positive energy that surrounds me. Sometimes people ask me if I am never afraid of not having an idea. But ideas feed each other; they multiply and create arborescence in your brain. I am more afraid of not having time to realise all of my ideas!
I am currently working on two different costume design projects for two different shows and for an exhibition in Camden based on the love of colours. I am also making new j-pieces of jewels for different exhibitions and art fairs.”
Words by Loo Loo Rose
Photo by Peter Wallis
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