Debra Franses Interview

Debra Franses Portrait

Debra Franses Interview – Forty Nine Questions and Art ain’t One

  1. Favourite Colour? Gold
  2. When you were growing up what did you want to be? An artist from the age of 9 prior to that a ballerina
  3. Name the Place you’d most like to live in? New York
  4. Seaside or Countryside? seaside ….fire island
  5. You’re hosting a dinner party what’s your signature dish?  Spaghetti bolognese
  6. Dogs or Cats? Dogs
  7. What was your nickname at school? Hot lips or Dibs
  8. Most influential person in your life? My dad
  9. If you could go back in time to which period would you go to? 1920s
  10. Name an Instagram account you follow.? Fred Allard he’s my nemesis and I like to see what he’s up to visually, he also makes resin bags but they are less poetic than mine, more consumerist and male. I like to hate him
  11. Favourite Museum or Gallery? The Serpentine gallery, London & the Guggenheim Venice 
  12. If money was no object, what luxury item would you buy yourself? A modernist beach house
  13. Favorite Album (music) Radiohead ok computer 
  14. Person you’d love to meet? The Queen
  15. Describe your ultimate romantic date. The second date with my boyfriend was pretty perfect, a mixture of great art, live music, walk in the park, great food, cocktails somewhere funky, night lights twinkling on the water and total connection…no traffic and great conversation.
  16. You are happiest when……. I’m not anxious about something and being appreciated for doing something lovely for people I care about.
  17. What makes you sad? Seeing the world destroying itself. how much recycling I have everyday and when people can’t express themselves and bottle up emotions until they can’t go on anymore.
  18. If you could change one thing about the world? l would stop fast fashion, fast food, fast lane….slow it down and be more thoughtful.
  19. Whats the first thing on your bucket list? A trip on the Orient Express to Venice 
  20. Favorite Restaurant? The Artichoke Michelin starred in old Amersham…it’s just 400 meters walk away from my home, no cab needed.
  21. Book shop or Record Shop? Book shop… best one is in Paris over 5 floors with divine nooks for browsing
  22. Name your favourite book? Secret history by Donna Tart it’s so dark. I also loved the coming of age novelette, Catcher in the Rye
  23. Pet Hate? a messy kitchen in the morning
  24. Prize Possession ? My Range Rover Evoke with my personal BAG number plate.
  25. How many tattoos/piercings do you have? None
  26. Gym or Jim Bean?  More GIN please
  27. What colour are your eyes? Blue green Hazel
  28. Junk Food which is your dirty secret? Crisps
  29. What’s your poison? Gin, champagne, Lindt milk chocolate with hazelnuts
  30. Describe your morning routine.  Wake up, coffee, stretch, sex if I have time, shower then dog walk then cooked breakfast
  31. Where do you call home? My house
  32. What makes you laugh? Being tickled
  33. What perfume/aftershave do you use? A mixture of molecule,Tempe Passada, and essential oils. It’s my finishing touch..
  34. Whats you favourite season and why? Spring , new life
  35. Describe the wildest night out you’ve ever had. No.
  36. What opportunity have you turned down? A couple of my designs after I graduated being licensed by FENDI 
  37. Have you ever been arrested? YES
  38. Favorite Quote? If at first you don’t succeed….try, try, try again.
  39. First live band you went to see? SOUXIE AND THE BANSHIES
  40. Biggest Regret? Not going to Live Aid
  41. Describe something that you are proud of? I’m finally learning to play the guitar
  42. Describe yourself in 3 words.  Warm creative stubborn
  43. Favourite film. Lalaland
  44. How many pairs of shoes do you own? 30 but wear only 5 pairs
  45. Describe a favourite walk. Sun, birdsong, breeze, views, a hill, cliff I love walking along the beach in Studland Dorset to harrys rock or pretty much anywhere along the Jurassic coast. Preferably with my dog and either my son or partner.
  46. Tell us whats in your bag/pockets. Lip balm, chewing gum, loose change, iPhone
  47. Who was the last person you called? My best friend from uni, her father in law just died of Covid today.
  48. Whats the tune/band that you are listening to the most? Somewhere over the rainbow by Israel 
  49. Whats your cure for a hangover? Sleep, bath, Bloody Mary, dog walk.

View Artworks by Debra Franses