Paris, France
Odie, 29
Painter
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a bit about Odie

What are you working on these days?

I’m a student at fine art school, (ENSAPC). As its my last year of study, I’m preparing my diploma for my Masters, which is coming soon. And also prepareing for one exhibition where i’m going to show some my works in Arles.

What makes you happy?

Many things make me happy, especially simple and pure moments of life, such as exchanging handwritten letters with my friends, and having many flowers in my apartment, to meet with inspiring new peoples, admiring the beauty of nature, all those elements are just so incredible. Of course to read a good book , listening to old good songs from my country and to understand their meaning. The biggest happiness I get is from creation: drawing, painting, sewing, writing.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

It was on Arte, ‘Lunch box’ by Ritesh Batra. A really good movie. I’m really interested to go visit India soon.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

For the last two years, I have been trying to make my clothes by myself. I just learned how to create clothes from watching and observing from what I used to wear or what people were wearing, or the clothes I see in magazines etc…by the time I understood how to cut , to make patterns and sew and to have a good shape which suits my body. I find this more amusing and authentic than go to shopping. I wear the real hand made brand which I make myself. Of course, for instance, I can’t do shoes, so I buy the basket which seems to me comfortable, I dont wear any special brand, it’s not for me.

What’s your go-to café in Paris?

Recently, I found a cafe Mosquée de Paris. It’s a very beautiful place, nice garden, typical oriental decoration and reasonable prices.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Behind Montmartre , especially under the night lights.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Paris but never actually do?

I would love to see Paris without cars. Less noise. Fresh air.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I dont have any hero, but they are people whom I have respect for their creations, their singularity. Maybe I would like to meet Marguerite Duras and Louise Bourgeois, I don’t know where I can invite them.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Actually I often go to Louvre to visit each part of it, one by one. I dont like to be in rush when I go to visit the museum, or galleries, so when its raining, there are less tourists at Louvre and its the best moment to visit. Or, I go to the library at Pompidou to see art books.

If tomorrow was your last day in Paris before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I would love to see last sunset from Pont Alexandre to say Aurevoir Paris.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Around Montmartre or near to Jardin des plantes.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

I prefer to sew clothes for me, or read a book, or watch a movie, visit museums or galleries.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

Centre of Paris, along the Seine, where I can see light reflections on the water, boat lights that shine the city at night. It seems to me for Paris suits better night lights then daylight.

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