Camille Romano

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Camille Romano is a French-born, Finland-based graphic designer and photographer with a passion for print, pattern and color.

After studying at the Ecole Duperré High School of Design, Fashion and Creation, she has just graduated in Media from Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

She creates very minimalist works that play with colour, texture and geometry in a very considered way. When she is taking time out from her work she knit socks or walks in the forest, which makes her super lovely.

How would you describe what you do?
Across the various projects I design, I try to create a unique tone, an atmosphere. Whether it is an album cover, a magazine, or an illustration, I am interested in creating a microcosm, a small entity with a strong and independent identity.

What do you feel is the most important thing about your work?
I pay a lot of attention to details and especially lines. Geometry strongly attracts my eyes, it’s the most common comment I have heard about my work.

What keeps you motivated to create, and keep creating work?
To me, learning is the best motivation. There is also the will to perfect my visual language, experimenting with techniques and getting a better understanding of my own ideas.

Where do you see your work heading in the next twelve months?
This is actually a rather interesting time for me. I just graduated from my degree and with it goes the last bit of structure of my life. This is a time where I am free to look in many directions, on whether I should continue studying, freelancing, find a position in a creative studio or take the opportunity to do an artist residency abroad. It is very difficult to say at the moment but something will always come up.

Who, what, where or how do you get your first inspirations?
Inspiration can come at any time really- during sleep, a walk or a silent moment- I have little to no control over it. Yet, I think that particular situations or places have the power to trigger a continuous flow of ideas. I am very drawn to visuals in general so inspiration can flow by looking at a particular image, color, textile or artifact- museums and galleries are perfect for that. More noticeably, my stay in Japan produced a very vivid and lasting impression on me aesthetically speaking. Japanese aesthetics are very inspiring to me.

What has been your biggest success, or source of pride?
I don’t think I have worked enough to have such feelings about my work but I was very pleased with the outcome of the impro-jazz album project Approaching I worked on, for the ensemble of great Finnish jazz artists called Liberty Ship, in collaboration with Tapio Ylinen. I felt I was a part of a very talented team.

What do you think are the important issues facing yourself, and your industry at the moment?
I became interested in sustainability in relation to print design while I was writing my thesis on that same subject. Sustainability is a very current topic of discussion in all fields of design. But there is an interesting dilemma with print. On the one hand, our society is thriving with digital supports, to the point of saturation. On the other hand, there is this phenomenon where people are coming back to print for its many qualities that digital does not seem to win over- physicality, authenticity, credibility,… I think print is evolving, finding its niche. Sustainability is thriving with innovative materials and design processes. I think that sustainability will play a pivotal role in the print industry in producing new kinds of all around quality printed products.

Have any relationships, friendships, business or otherwise, been significant in shaping your work as it is now?
I think and hope that I am the only one responsible for the way my work is. I like to work on my own better and decide which way to go. Of course, I am not denying the fact that we get influenced by various things. But I view them more as starting points, like buttons to push to get the engine going.

It is also true that some people have played a crucial role by trusting me and giving me the opportunity to work on projects with free hands. I am thinking particularly about Tapio Ylinen and Eclipse Music for whom I have done a few album designs. It is very rewarding to have time to experiment and develop a personal idea and see it appreciated and printed.

What would you do with the perfect Sunday afternoon?
Somewhere away from people, in nature.

And finally, who should Corinne& be profiling next?
I collect images and all kinds of visuals that strike me. I have recently discovered the work of Hannah Waldron, a very talented British artist and designer. I really appreciate her mixed-technique approach to design- weaving, print-making, tapestry- and her use of color and composition. I find her experimentative skills and rejection of disciplinary limitations fresh and inspiring.