Sunday, October 3, 2010

10.04.10 : Artist Entry : Helmo

Thomas Couderc and Clément Vauchez (Helmo) met in 1997 during their studies in Besancon, East of France. Both of them took their own way in 1999, in Paris: Clément studied typography for 2 years, than worked in Gedeon, a tv graphic studio. Thomas started working first with H5, then with Malte Martin, then on its own in free-lance. In 2003, with Thomas Dimetto, they founded "La Bonne Merveille", graphic design studio. The group splitted in 2007, and Thomas Couderc & Clément Vauchez founded "Helmo". Since 2006, the 2 designers are regularly invited to participate to publications and Graphic Design exhibitions.

French design/photo duo Helmo created a lovely window installation at the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris. Titled "Bêtes de mode," the 2006 work consisted of thirteen human portraits superimposed with animal images that were revealed through the use of various gels.

"Thomas Couderc and Clément Vauchez exist, some might say thrive, in the gray area between fine art and design. Together, Couderc and Vauchez, have assembled a portfolio that spans from concert posters to photographic explorations."

Joshua, Schum. "HELMO (Montreuil Sous Bois, France) | Ballista Magazine." Ballista Magazine | Design Digest and Launch Vehicle. 09 Sept. 2010. Web. 30 Sept. 2010. .

I enjoy this work because it incorporates animals and humans in a unique way. This series is more based on the idea of animals and people in relation to fashion, which is a new way to make a connection between the two. I really like the alignment of each animal with the person. Many of them line up nicely with the human features and body language.

Thomas Couderc and Clement Vauchez
Video, Youtube

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