“Bridging the Gap between Species: A Creative Journey of Art, Design, and Empathy”
In the realm of experimental design, Marlène Huissoud stands as a symbol of innovation and ethical consciousness. With a distinctive body of work that fuses the natural world with human ingenuity, Marlène has challenged the conventional role of design in society. Her journey as a designer, freelancer, and advocate for responsible design has earned her accolades, acclaim, and a reputation as one of the UK-based most promising design stars.
Her work serves as a thought-provoking critique of modern production practices, seeking to ethically challenge the use of natural resources while also redefining the role of design in contemporary society. Marlène's creations resonate with a sense of self-awareness, inviting us to consider our impact on the Earth and, perhaps, even question the relentless pursuit of meaning in everything.
This interview offers a window into Marlène's creative universe, where she skillfully balances the inherent disorder of nature with humanity's compulsion to find order. Through her work, she extends an invitation for us all to contemplate whether the world might be better off if we simply allowed it to exist in its natural state.
Can you tell us about your journey in the art and design industry? How did you get to where you are today?
I studied Fine Arts and Design in France and England, which allowed me to develop, over the years, a highly experimental approach that enjoys taking risks and exploring little-known research areas.
How do you manage responsibility in your creative process?
I have been working with and for insects for over ten years. My work evolves daily by constantly questioning what should exist today.
How do you see the future evolution in a world of inclusive design?
For the past ten years, I have been developing a dialogue between species. It is crucial for me not to address only humans but to create a point of reflection between species. And also to preserve these species.
What is your goal as a designer?
Transmission. I love to see that my research can sensitize some people to more profound questions or reflections on their behaviors. My role is to create a better world with a lot of empathy for other species. It starts with educating the public, transmitting, and then creating works that will truly be sanctuaries for these other species.
Who would you like to work with?
My dream is to create a creative dialogue with the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval.
How do you stay motivated and inspired in your work? Are there any particular rituals or routines you follow?
My approach is very meditative and repetitive, which naturally allows me to escape and think about new worlds. I also like to divide my working year into different time frames: winter is always a time when I reconnect with myself and my research, so I have very few assistants during that period. Then spring comes, and the workshop transforms into a small, creative, and rhythmic hive.