In our second edition of Makers, we are thrilled to introduce our friend, Loan Chabanol. An actress & artist, her creativity blurs the boundaries between film, painting, and her dreamy illustration & writing of children's books. We especially admire Loan's dedication to teaching art and reading to children. Her tender & soulful stories are written & illustrated to inspire kids to embrace their own unique & creative voice. Loan’s grace, strength and natural beauty shine through in her effortless style and creative work. To a wide range of audiences, Loan is a Maker of beauty & joy- pure & simple.
Where are you from and where are you now?
I was born in Paris, grew up in the south of France next to Spain and I live in Los Angeles now.
Can you tell us about your creative process and materials?
I get inspired by anything to make me grow, usually life experiences. I do have stages of creativity. It usually involves painting and drawing and later on, storytelling. It's a strange process but somehow it all comes together like a puzzle.
How do plants, animals and/or the natural world shape your creative process?
Since I moved to L.A. I have developed such a love and understanding for plants and animals. It seems that the connection that animals have is similar to plants and nature. It's very pure, and has its own emotional core and survival intelligence.
Who or what inspires you?
People who decide to change; change their bad habits and want to improve to make their life and other people's lives better. Being at the service of others is truly remarkable.
Do you have a favorite animal?
My dog,June. A little one eyed golden retriever that has the soul of an angel.
What is the best advice you have received?
Be kind to others, you never know what they are dealing with.