Hi, my name is Ludivine (she/her) and I’m from Nantes, west coast of France.
(Nice one) Honestly I don’t know. I always hated school (too distracted by my own thought). Like I was the girl sat in the back drawing and dreaming through the window. I’m easily bored so I think it was just kinda obvious for me to do something creative. After high school, I moved in Paris and I’ve graduated from a Graphic Design’s Master in 2018. Then I started to be self-employed. I’m free to work from all around the world and I can manage my own time of work.
One year ago, I was looking for my own drawing style and when Holding Absence’s self-titled album came out, I felt inspired. It was a good start for me to work on something more personal. This one was inspired by the song ‘Your Love (Has Ruined My Life)’. If you don’t know, the song is about losing someone you love and how hard is it to live without this person.
So the idea was to take the cassette tape as a metaphor of memories. By listening to this tape you can relive this story again and again, and remember this love that consumes you. But you can also put it away or destroy it, in hope to forget everything. At the end all the cassettes are a physical representation for every chapter of your life. The good and the bad, make the person you are today!
If you like music, you might have some songs related to a memory or a person and you know the power it can have on your mind. For no reason some songs make you feel something different and unique.
I can be inspired by everything at any time. I don’t have one thing in particular. Like it can be a feeling, a smell, someone I met or something I heard/saw. That’s why always have a book or my phone to write or draw what’s coming in my mind. Even while I sleep I can wake up because my brain is still working !
Tough one ! Sometimes I have images or feelings stuck inside of me. It helps me to have it out of my mind. It’s cool to see people relate to the things I’m trying to create. But on the other hand, it takes a lot of energy and most of the time design gives me a lot of anxiety. This anxiety brings me the “writer’s block” and at the end I’m scared to create. I guess it just takes a lot of time to be confident about my work. Even if I luckily have the best support from my friends !
I’m still learning a lot about myself. Growing up is a huge step for me and I find it hard to feel in the right place. I think listening/ playing music or even going to a gig, will always be the best thing to clear my mind. During the lockdown playing drums helped me a lot. Basically I just need a safe place and being alone. I can go for a walk (the ocean really calms me down) or just cook something to eat while watching a movie I already know. Sometimes even a shower can be very helpful!
First of all, you are not alone and you matter. I know this is a weird time and the outside can be really scary. You don’t need to feel more pressure, just take the time you need. Try to move on one day at a time. Because bad days are okay! If you can’t deal with it alone, try to speak to someone you trust or call a professional. No matter how hard it seems to be, never forget you are the most important thing in this world and you are loved.
My mental health has a lot of upside-down, so probably a good mix between metalcore and acoustic sad songs when I’m alone. Like ‘one take’ album by nothing, nowhere, Sam Tompkins, Architects, Counterparts, Resolve and obviously a lot of Holding Absence. This month with my friends it was a bit more of pop-punk and some French old songs. You know something in the summer vibe and easy to sing at loud in the car !
I’m on every social media but my Instagram is the best to follow my work.
Don’t be too influenced by other designers, develop your own style and don’t work for free. Every work is valuable and deserve to be paid. Be patient, curious and never give up. This is a long and hard journey like every creative job. But as long as you stay true to yourself, things are going to work one day. If you need help or have any questions my DMs are always open !