The Belgian design scene is vast and diverse. Belgian institutions are always at the forefront of supporting the people, new projects and products that make our country dynamic and unique.
Utterly unique and escaping all the usual categories, Isabelle de Borchgrave has worked with paper for several decades now. Fascinated with fashion and textiles from a tender age, the Belgian artist has crafted an impressive and rather personal body of work, ranging from paintings and furniture to sculpture and drawings.
Walking into her exquisite Brussels atelier, you can’t help but feel like you’ve reached a private paradise, filled with plants, colors, swimming fish and artworks. There is something deeply enchanting and exuberant about Isabelle’s world which instantly draws you in, a living fantasy combined with the totality of an artist’s vision. Her imprint is so strong that everything she touches undeniably becomes hers, and her energy and enthusiasm are indeed contagious.
Isabelle de Borchgrave clearly rejoices in the plurality of her skills and having several ongoing projects on her plate. We sat down with the energetic artist to discuss her humble beginnings as a designer, understanding paper was her creative call, and why she’s not the type of person who can ever rest on her laurels.