In part four of our investigative series into the art of multi-tasking with discerning cognac maker Rémy Martin, we talk work ethics, balancing acts and unwinding tips with three distinguished do-it-alls.
Photographer Thomas Ost (c).
I’m the director at Sorry We’re Closed gallery in Brussels, which basically means I prepare exhibitions, fairs and parallel projects. That takes up most of my time. I’m also an artist myself, and I’ve always found a way to combine my artist practice with my more professional activities, even though it’s somewhat of a schizophrenic approach and can sometimes lead to a rather hectic rhythm. Last year, I opened a restaurant-come-gallery-come-club together with Elodie Delaigle and Sophie Pelletier called The Hope. It was an amazing adventure, a project that united a ton of different people in a singular and unexpected context around art, music and food. I love collaborative, trans-disciplinary projects where I’m either the initiator or invited to contribute. That’s the case with Clémence Seilles’s project Mortal Recording that questions the format of recording studios, of performances, of design and of live concerts. I play zarb in it, a Persian percussion. Matter of fact, this year I’ll be making my own instruments together with the ceramic studio Quartz. In terms of unwinding and bringing the tempo down a notch or two, I walk and swim a lot. But, overall, my philosophy is similar to Confucious: “Choose a job that you like doing and you’ll never have to work another day.”Emilie (1980) is currently developing a food-bike concept, called Fatch!, that will offer a typical culinary delicacy from Marseille. Given more time, she’d love to start making music. sorrywereclosed.com
I co-created Facetofacedesign, a graphic design studio, with Flore Van Ryn 10 years ago. I also opened a charming Italian restaurant in Ixelles with my boyfriend eight months ago called Certo. And I’m the mother of a two and a half year old boy named Lupo. I sometimes teach graphic design to Masters students entitled “masterfooddesign” at Académie des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles and, more recently, I started following courses in collective intelligence, mindfulness and positive communication to learn new skills but, more importantly to avoid the feeling of stagnating. I’ve always liked having multiple activities. When I started out as a graphic designer, for instance, I used to also teach hip-hop dance. I think it’s much richer and more fun to be part of different movements and not have all your friends in a same group. Now, after nearly 15 years of work as a graphic designer, I want to be more connected to the people, and maybe less to my computer. Things change, I change, the way I feel about what makes sense in my life evolves and so is my approach to work I guess – I don’t try to do everything at once anymore. For example, when I get home, I don’t think about work, I’m with my family, and when I’m at work, I nearly forget I have a child. In terms of winding down, I love going down to my allotment, getting my hands dirty and forget about everything. Oh, and not going to bed after 11pm helps a lot too.If she found the time, Delphine (1979) would love to become a DJ. facetofacedesign.com
Antoine Leroy (Le Pacifique Records)
I’m a music and drawing teacher for children and people with various disabilities. Alongside that, I also run a record label called Le Pacifique Records and produce music as Aidons Antoine and Actapulgite. I draw and make music pretty much every day, as well as fish salmon trout, which I’ve been doing ever since I was a kid. For me, everything started taking shape during my skateboard and graffiti years and, even though I don’t do either of them anymore, they continue to influence my perception of the city. I can’t say I’ve ever really been that organised. To be honest, I thought that becoming the father of a young girl would improve my organisational skills, but that hasn’t really happened. I do find it easier to refuse certain projects though, and focus on those that matter but if I really need to unwind, art shows and the monthly fishing trips I do with my father help a lot.Given more time, Antoine (1988) would love to learn to surf. lepacifique.be