Jingle bells Because Christmas decoration does not necessarily rhyme with bad taste, a young graphic designer from Lille paints sleek and modern frescoes on shop windows
Ingrid Delebarre, a young graphic designer from Lille, produces Christmas frescoes. — M.Libert/20 Minutes
- One month before Christmas, Lille is adorning itself with its festive colors.
- On the windows of certain shops, you can admire frescoes of a new kind of Christmas.
- They are the deliberately refined and modern works of a young graphic designer from Lille.
One month right before Christmas, Lille is already largely adorned with its festive tinsel. The Ferris wheel is installed on the Place du Gëal de Gaulle, the caterpillar sits in front of the Opera and the Christmas village has been welcoming visitors since last weekend. In the shops, it’s also the commotion. And s’it is necessary to recognize in the tradesmenç to go all out in terms of decoration, we are often perplexed by the lack of originality, or even bad taste. And yet, a Christmas fresco can be pretty and modern. And ça, it’s the job of Ingrid Delebarre, a young graphic designer from Lille.
She is quite discreet, Ingrid, with her little hat and material reduced to a few white Poscas that fit in a small bag that she carries as a shoulder strap. There is also much to bet that even the regulars of the Lille-Flandres station will not have seen her working. And we also bet that, in a hurry to catch their train or go to work, travelers will not have paid attention to the Christmas frescoes that now adorn the windows of the Kaiser bakery and the Subway sandwich shop. Because the talent of the young woman is not to attract the eye, but rather to capture the gaze: “I refuse no model, no request. If the customer wants a Santa Claus, I'll make him a Santa Claus, but at the end of the day. my sauce, sleek, modern”, explains the 31-year-old graphic designer.
A work whose value is hardly to be recognized
We will therefore not see his signature under a large pâ green, red and white where rub shoulders with reindeer with the heads of failed Bambi and fat elves like garden gnomes. No, Ingrid’s line is fine, often monochromatic and always stylish, even if she happens to paint weird things: “ activity brand,” she continues, showing us, on the window of the Subway, two sandwiches hitched to a the reindeer square with Santa's sleigh.
Yet, despite very affordable prices, between 150 and 450 euros, Ingrid is not overwhelmed by requests. In particular, it must deal with; competition from stickers purchased on Wish or lack of budget from merchants. “Many are stuck on the price, recognizes the young woman. They find it difficult to understand that they are paying for expertise, hours of work, and not just a little ink from Posca.”
Despite everything, Ingrid finds in this activity; a welcome financial supplement. Because the heart of his job as a graphic designer revolves around the creation of visual identities. “This is a sector where opportunities are often saturated and in which competition is fierce,” Aware of the fact that it will take time to “make her nest”, Ingrid keeps her feet on the ground: “When you start out, you have to accept the hassle. But I intend to hang on, even if it means resuming food jobs at home. side.”