Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I’m a graphic designer at sunny-side-up, the agency I founded together with Nathalie Wathelet in 2013. Besides that, I occasionally write for contemporary artists, mostly friends, and I also started to teach printmaking at La Cambre last year. Transmitting; having another relationship to art than just seeing, buying or collecting; debating with young artists who still want to make a better world… I love it!
How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?
I love Brussels: it’s got a good quality of life for a decent price. Like many others, I came to Brussels to study and decided to stay because I saw it was possible to build a life and career as a young independent worker. It’s still very much the case compared to other big cities, and it’s decisive for the rest of your life. Moreover, Brussels is a city with incredible human, architectural and social diversity. There will always be room for a new “other” because it’s this mix that nourishes our cultural specificity. As a result, the people of Brussels do not feel attached to fixed cultural traditions; rather, it’s in the interstices, exchanges, and hollow spaces that creative people draw their inspiration and work from, in a markedly different approach which is recognised beyond our borders.
Moreover, Brussels is a city with incredible human, architectural and social diversity.
List three things you like the most about Brussels.
I particularly like its green spaces – from private to public, including the exceptional Sonian Forest. Also, its social mix and alternative art scene nourished by singular, often collective initiatives, alternative publishing fairs, non-profit art spaces and bubbling art schools.
List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.
It’s non-polluting, active and fun.
What are your favourite bike routes in Brussels?
I don’t have any special route, but I carefully avoid paved streets, tram rails and intense car traffic. My trips might be a bit longer, but they’re always more enjoyable.sunny-side-up.be