Name: Diana Debord
Places Travelled & Place lived: I love travelling, I think it’s essential in order to open your mind and find inspiration. My favourite countries are Scotland, England and France.
Loves: Even though I spend much time working on the internet my passions are very much old-world! I’m fascinated with the Victorian and Edwardian eras and collect antique photographs. My favourite artists are Pre-Raphaelite painters and I read everything written by Edgar Allan Poe. I work with both digital and film cameras, experimenting with surreal and dreamlike images.
Occupation: Web, graphic designer and photographer
Creative Works: You can find my complete photography and digital art portfolio on my official website: http://www.debored.it
Favourite Quote: “Be regular and ordinary in your life, like a bourgeois, that you may be violent and original in your work.” Gustave Flaubert
What would one find in the pages of your Paperblanks?
I always keep a Bleu Mini with me to store ideas for photo shoots and other journals I use to record inspiring quotes and poetry. Most of my notebooks, however, are kept for dream journals and are part of a creative project I’m working on to illustrate my dreams and nightmares with photography. The use of a dream diary is very important to improve future dream recall and to remember details.
Do you have any personal philosophies you’ve come to develop about writing, art, creation or culture?
I think art is an important part of everybody’s life as it allows not only the artists to speak their truth, but to give people a different point of view.
No matter what type of creative art you make, what or who first inspired you to make it an essential part of your life?
I don’t think one thing in particular inspired me. I’ve always felt I had things to express and photography is the art that helps me do this.
How did you find Paperblanks?
About five years ago I decided that I needed to start keeping a dream diary. I wanted to find a special journal with a unique design and the French Ornate designs immediately caught my eye. Their brightness and refinement fit perfectly with my dream adventures – already I have filled three journals so far!
Do you have a favourite design?
I love the Paperblanks designs which recall antique and precious journals, such as Embellished Manuscripts, French Ornate and Romantic Sensibility. As a Poe enthusiast, I am also delighted by the Tamerlane journal!
Do you have any advice for other creative people?
Question everything, follow your passions and always have your own ideas and thoughts.
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