Nora Renaud

...exploring physical transformation and the animalistic aspect of movement

Nora Renaud studied at École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris before working for a number of couture houses, including Christian Dior, Montana and Cerruti. In 2009, she joined Nicolas Andreas Taralis, overseeing design and production. Renaud, who embodied the woman of SOME/THINGS Magazine chapter005, appearing in the feature editorial and also contributing to an intimate project in chapter006, began creating her jewellery collection in 2010, which includes pendants, rings and unique sculptural objects handmade in France from oxidised and treated metals, leather and fabrics. Sensual pieces that explore physical transformation and the animalistic aspect of movement, irresistibly attractive and empowering, they reveal a disturbing beauty and sexuality. Acting as an extension of the body, causing both tension and interaction with the wearer, Renaud’s jewellery is moulded in shapes uncommon to any contemporary designer.

Nothing inspires me like…
All the things that escape my eyes and that I regret I could not catch.

Cultural influences…
The Rusticity of the Swiss Alps and the minimalism of French hospitals.

I got where I am...
I don’t define goals; I don’t feel like I am anywhere yet, I take life as it comes.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be ignored by people who have taste or can be a space in time to meet humble, meticulous, hard working people.

I scream when…
It is the end of the song ‘The Garden’ by Einstürzende Neubauten.

Money makes…
Me find really good reasons to spend it.

I dance like…
A boy in a tailored jacket.

Faith in…
Black holes.

Cake makes me…
Want to have the cherry.

Creativity comes from…
A deep need to see through.

If i could…
There is no if, you have to deal with it.

I have never…
Behaved like this before.

I once thought…
I was a boy in a tailored jacket.

My dreams are…
Surrounding my own reality and it is quite disturbing.

My vice is…
My perpetual contradictions.

I suck…
Saying no.

Pain comes from…
The fact there is a new one coming.

The earliest memory...
Touching skin.

I get bored easily...
On holidays.

I like making...
Things with my own hands. They always looked old, even when I was a child. They are my only reliable tools.

Incompetence...
Is now part of the landscape.

I wouldn't want...
To bother anyone.