Meet graphic design studio Fakepaper, where Marie Antoinette and 70s punk rock collide

Meet graphic design studio Fakepaper, where Marie Antoinette and 70s punk rock collide

But, when the studio does produce typefaces, it’s sure to be in their trademark playful style. Recently, the studio created the lettering for photographer and director Charlotte Abramow’s latest exhibition. Focussing on an “organic” style, the letters have a wobbly, morphic quality, bending to each other’s form and varying in degrees of abstraction. This, Nolwenn explains, “evokes the notion of morphological variations, which is very present in Charlotte’s work”.

One thing that unifies Chloé and Nolwenn is their early attraction to graphic design and its surrounding fields. Chloé tells us that from the age of 16 she knew that she wanted to be in the field of applied arts. But, it was only after her first year of preparatory class – a scheme in France whereby students are introduced to the basics of fashion, textiles and graphics among other arts – that Chloé landed upon the design discipline. Nolwenn also attests to having an unconscious attraction to graphic design, “I remember in primary school having fun copying, recomposing and illustrating the lyrics inside my parents’ CD booklets”. And, this love of graphic letters further expanded when, in technology classes, Nolwenn came across Microsoft word software and became enamoured with its infamous array of fonts. Similarly to Chloé it was through her preparatory classes that Nolwenn gravitated toward the graphic side of things. Both doing stints at various internships and freelance positions, Fakepaper was created by Chloé in 2011, with Nolwenn joining at the beginning of 2018.

Whilst both Chloé and Nolwenn may have had their sights set on graphic design from a young age, they’re also keen to let other creative outlets feed into their work. Currently, Chloé is trying her hand at ceramics, attempting to do lettering in clay and being obsessed with the “incredible” effects of glaze. Nolwenn, on the other hand, has begun looking into stone engraving, and “who knows”, Chloé concludes, “maybe that’s something that will find its way one way or another into our work…”.

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