Beachroad Magazine have a coffee and chat with artist Chloe Azaide.
Hi Chloe, How long have you been in Dubai and how long do you plan to stay? //
I've been living in Dubai since 3 years, but I visited this city since 5 years, as for staying It depends on my projects.
Where do you like to eat, socialize and shop? //
I am very interested in the authentic lifestyle, so I like to go to Al Bastakiya district, taking a tea in one of those beautiful places, discovering new artists. Also an Ethiopian restaurant " Dukem" in Naif Deira, and Miss Lily's for the music and atmosphere.
What are your thoughts on Dubai as a city and its evolution? //
Dubai is a vibrant city with many aspects to discover that makes it very interesting. Challenging the whole world with latest trends and from the perspective of Art ,Dubai is playing a major role by attracting international artist from all over the world, participating together, creating a unique concept that only exists in Dubai.
Any future plans / projects you can share with us? //
I am working on new collection of canvas, and as well, expending my vision to bigger scale. Heading into a wider products range.
CHLOE ANSWERS THE BEACHROAD MAGAZINE Q&A //
NAME? // Chloé- Azaïdé.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Fashion designer.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // Fashion designer and Visual artist.
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE ART SCENE IN DUBAI AND WHICH ARTISTS EXCITE YOU? // I am influenced by both street art and the authenticity of Middle Eastern art so through the brand Azaïdé i am reflecting my vision in a fusion of modern and traditional culture. All kinds of artists inspire me, music, cinema, textile art and fashion, anything and anyone who touch me with his or her art.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THE ART WORLD WAS FOR YOU? // Since I was young.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Life.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // To lose inspiration.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // I remember when my mother used to tell me ' good night' in different languages every night.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My Dear Mum and Dad, because they gave me life and led me through it.
YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST? // Keith Haring and The Photographer JR.
YOUR FAVOURITE GALLERY? // The Street is the realest and the largest gallery in the world.
IF YOU OWNED A GALLERY WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? // Eternity.
IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARTIST WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? // I would have taken more risks and try the cinema.
IF YOU WERE ONLY ALLOWED 2 COLOURS TWO WORK WITH FOR THE REST OF TIME WHAT WOULD THEY BE? // Black and White.
WHAT PIECE OF WORK HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? // As a fashion designer working on haute couture dresses, challenged by time and creativity.
ANY ARTWORK YOU HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO SELL? // Not really.
ART ASIDE, WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Awaken minds.
WHERE IS YOUR DREAM STUDIO LOCATION? // A big open space, next to the beach.
WHO IS YOUR GREATEST FASHION INFLUENCE? // Christian Lacroix, I've worked with him for a while, he is a genius of prints and colours.
IF YOU COULD OWN ANY ARTWORK WHAT WOULD IT BE? // "The Kiss" by Gustave Klimt.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY ARTIST ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // Bob Marley.
YOU CAN SPEND A DAY WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING, WHO WOULD IT BE. BASQUIAT, HOCKNEY, HIRST, WARHOL, BACON, BANKSY OR HARING? // Haring.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A knit sweater I made for my friend.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // That this planet doesn't need more "successful" people, but needs more lovers of all kinds and peacemakers.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // I am French and I complain all the time ; )
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Hypocrisy.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // Leila Bekhti.
FAVOURITE MUSIC // Soul, Reggae and Folk.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // A-WA Habib Galbi.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // David Shrigley "What the hell are you doing".
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // 'The Essential of Rumi'.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Swimming against the tide.
FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // Jamaica.
LEAST FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? // Taxi drivers of Beijing.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Listening to music.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs, I like cats, but I am allergic to them.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Tea, all kind of teas, all the day.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // When my husband imitates someone.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Loneliness.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Difficult roads often leads to beautiful destinations. Have faith and stay focused.