Profile: Marguerite Sauvage

From the sounds of it, Marguerite Sauvage had a pretty idyllic upbringing, near the little town of Coulommiers, east of Paris. "I grew up in French countryside," she recalls, "among fields, cows and cheese." The image conjures up an enduring and distinctly French idea of how life should be. Unsurprisingly, the theme pervades her illustration work for her many clients, ranging from fashion house Paul & Joe to mobile telephone giant Orange. Her delicately pencilled characters inhabit a world of cut-out colours that seems unendingly sophisticated. For her part, Sauvage just wants to make the world a happier place. "Happiness and anti-stress: I just want to make things prettier," she says.

The most winning aspect of any Sauvage image is the lightness of touch the artist brings to her renderings. This is true even for items of everyday familiarity, be it a desk or a computer. By introducing cut-out photography, Sauvage gives the compositions in which these drawings sit a cheeky sense of self-awareness.

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