Name: Lena James (artist name) Celine Cachaud (real name)
Age: 22 years old
Places Travelled & Place lived: Travelled in London, Brussels, Madrid and South of Spain, Italy (Roma, Naples, Torino) and all around France. Lived in Milan and West of France.
Loves: Writing and reading, London, my best friends, Paris, Jane Austen, Tolkien, British pop, M le Magazine du Monde, European and American History, JLS, Museums, Native American art, Emily Blunt, Starbucks, park walks, British series and cinema, New York, pastries and chocolate, road movies, History, Harry Potter, Guardian, Liv Tyler, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Pre-Raphaelites paintings, The National Gallery
Teachers/Education: Baccalaureat (French SATs) in Literature, Foreign Languages, Philosophy and History
Occupation: I’m studying History of Art.
Article about history of art:
Quote: “I am half agony, half hope” (Persuasion, Jane Austen)
What would one find in the pages of your Paperblanks journal?
Words, words and pages filled with words. I write all the time, almost as much as I breathe.
Do you have any personal philosophies you’ve come to develop about writing, art, creation or culture?
When I write, I play the scene inside my head as if it were a film. I try to create stories that are realistic, as if the plots could happen to anybody. When I read, I love to envision myself as the main character, so I do the same in my work. I like to think that what is happening in my short stories may happen to anyone.
Do you have any specific themes that you continually refer back to in your work?
I write about personal accounts and things in life that I am craving to experience. I mainly write uncommon love stories and am always preoccupied with the question: “What will happen next?”
How did you find Paperblanks?
I was in Milan four years ago in a Mondadori store, looking for a new notebook to purchase. That’s when I discovered Paperblanks.
What sets Paperblanks apart from other journals you’ve used?
First it is their appearance. Paperblanks look like old books, and this I find very appealing. They look great on a bookshelf. Yet it is the paper quality, the elegance and the uncluttered style of the brand that have made me faithful. I think these books make my work special, in a way. And whenever I take my agenda to write down my appointments, my friends ask me where I found it.
Do you have a favorite Paperblanks designs?
I have bought different designs from Paperblanks, but I have to say that the Grolier Ornamentali is the most beautiful. It looks to me like a secret diary.
Do you have any advice for other creative people?
Believe in yourself and never lose hope.