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Little words with Laureline Galliot & Claire Lavabre


Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

Do you remember a special gift you received when you were a child? Laureline Galliot Once, my father brought me back an equivalent of “bad boy” ken doll to play with from a trip to United States.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

His facial features were the one of a famous singer whom I didn’t know anything about… What was important to me was that, with this “dark” face features, I could threaten all my Barbie dolls! This brought me to imagine a resistant woman profil – my favorite Barbie doll of course – who was able to face him. Claire Lavabre A Playmobil farm. What’s the most beautiful holiday you had when you were a child? (L.G.) Actually, I’ve always loved food, so having a rich breakfast at the hotel with all the appeling buffet tables, this meant holidays! (C.L.) During the summer holidays, inventing game and playing outside in the country with my sisters and friends all the day long.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

What was your favorite toy? (L.G.) My Lego pirates set, the “Rock Island Refuge”. (C.L.) Playmobil. Were you good at school? (L.G.) Haha, I have to admit that I was quite good at all disciplines! (C.L.) Just so-so. Were you neat or messy? (L.G.) It has always depended on how I felt, sometimes neat, sometimes messy. (C.L.) Absolutely messy. Were you lively or thoughtful? (L.G.) I have always been lively on the morning and as the day passes I become thoughtful. (C.L.) It depended on the situation.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

What did you use to draw? (L.G.) I drew with Crayola colored crayons. (C.L.) Probably a pencil. What did you want to become in the future? (L.G.) My mother used to took me to see classical ballet at l’Opéra Garnier in Paris. This enchanting place was very appealing to me so then I thought become a classical dancer could be great! Actually I became a dancer in a nice company, but it was so complicated… and something had always attracted me even more. At the age of 9, I drew my first self-portrait, while looking me in the mirror. From that moment, I knew I will make a career related to the act of drawing. (C.L.) Private detective.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

What was your favorite item of clothing, the one you always wanted to wear? (L.G.) A black jacket with big red tulip flowers printed on it. (C.L.) My grandfather hat. Did you prefer cowboys or Indians? (L.G.) Indians for sure. (C.L.) I have never been able to answer this question. Which was the worst prank you played or suffered? (L.G.) My sister and I were used to watch “Quantum Leap” tv series. An episode spoke about ghosts. One of ghosts kept whispering the name “Tttrrrrooooiiiaaaannn”. I was completely upset after I watched this episode, and for a couple of months, each time we were in the dark, my sister used to whisper “Tttrrrrooooiiiaaaannn”… it freaked me out! (C.L.) All the pranks about my hair.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

What was your recurring whim? (L.G.) Disneyland resort Paris. How did you first graze your knee? (L.G.) I was extremely cautious, because as a young dancer I had to treat my body well. So I first grazed my knee really late (around twenty years old ) when I gave up dancing! What was the food you used to hate most? (L.G.) I was only eating fresh bread, gruyère, ham, pasta, dark chocolate and apples… I hated all the rest. (C.L.) Shrimp donut. What’s the first lie you told? (L.G.) I don’t lie, I can’t. (C.L.) No, it’s not me who take coins in your wallet mum. Do you remember a dirty word you used to say? (L.G.) My favorite dirty word was “crotte”, a french distinguished word to say “shit”.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

If you could go back in time when you were a child, what “modern” game would you like to have fun with? (L.G.) “Windowsill”, a wonderful adventure puzzle game by Patrick Smith on ipad. I love it! (C.L.) An ipad. What’s the game you play (would like to play) with your son? (L.G.) I don’t have children, but I think I would like to make cardboard weapons, large-scale dragons… things like this. (C.L.) Hide-and-seek. What movie or cartoon would you like to see (have seen) with your son? (L.G.) Again I don’t have children, but I guess I’d like to see: “Le roi et l’oiseau” by Paul Grimault, “Silly Symphonies” series by Walt Disney, “The Sword in the stones” by Walt Disney, “Fantastic Mr Fox” by Wes Anderson. Which book did you give him (would you like to give to him)? (L.G.) My Roald Dahl books illustrated by Quentin Blake and my Beatrix Potter books as well… (C.L.) Lady into fox by David Garnett.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

Which item would you like to leave to your child? (L.G.) My collection of wooden stick that I choose in nature because they are shaped as pistols or animals… In your opinion, what’s missing today in the world of children? (L.G.) Actually, I think too many things are produced for the world of children… too many “bad” things… Today, the toy tends to miniaturize the adult world so the child gestures are often devoid of adventure and surprise. The child should be free to build his imagination with toys like when he selects a piece of wood in nature to make his pistol. So I design toys in reaction with the way toys are designed not because I think the world of children misses something. Nothing is as serious as toys and education to me, this is what determines people who will imagine/create the world of tomorrow…

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

Do you have a project for the little ones in mind or have you already carried out one for them? (L.G.) Yes, with my friend Claire Lavabre we are pleased to present our Tayo Toys collection we designed together. Tayo is a range of toys combining wood and electronics. Electronics provokes a surprise and develops new and intuitive gestures. We are actually looking for an editor to manufacture the collection! In addition to this, to be honnest, I have an ambitious dream/project that I would like to put to you! I’ve started to create a personal “universe” that I hope to be rich enough to write “contemporary folk tales”, to draw characters (Mike, Boris, Berthe, Frida, exist already!), to make animation movies, to produce toys, objects (I’ve created a collection of colorful 3D printed objects), architecture… specific food… a complete world… is this an amusement park I’m speaking about? We’ll see! haha. (C.L.) Yes, the Tayo toys collection that I designed with Laureline Galliot. It’s a range of toys made with wood and electronics. Actually, we are looking for a design editor to help them to expand this project.

Toys Little Words Lavabre Galliot

Photos © Claire Lavabre & Laureline Galliot, Laureline, Makeup series n.1, ipad drawing, ©laurelinegalliot, Claire, Makeup series n.2, ipad drawing, ©laurelinegalliot

Concept by Margherita Pincioni and Words by Elviro Di Meo

www.laureline-galliot.fr
www.clairelavabre.com


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