Toucan by Gabrielle Ambrym
Gabrielle Ambym is a French illustrator and fashion designer who draws inspiration upon her Melanesian childhood, her travels and the rustle of daily urban life. She grew up amidst the banyan trees of the South Pacific and these early years of living in the realm of nature, surrounded by a strong tribal culture, formed her fundamental values of man's intimate bond with nature.
Gabrielle's illustrative work is mostly comprised of delicate and sensitive drawings of fine lines interlaced with personal, occasionally anonymous, old photos that traduce her feelings and sensations.
Fashion design began for Gabrielle at Esmod in Paris. After completing this, she went on to study at the National Conservatory of Art and Crafts. While assisting an influential fashion designer in Paris, Gabrielle developed a desire to create her own sensible and defining pieces using a contemporary artistic approach. Nostalgic of distant cultures, she journeyed to Rio de Janeiro to work for a fair trade label, which ultimately led to her decision to commit herself to socially and environmentally friendly fashion. Back in Paris, Gabrielle designed a collection that conveyed her love for slow and precise craftsmanship, incorporating a time dimension with every creation. It is with this last experience that persuaded Gabrielle to finally launch her own collection together with her friend, Marion, and their label 'Ambrym' was born.
Gabrielle currently lives in Paris, dividing her work between her fashion label, 'Ambrym' and as a free-lance illustrator.