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Valentines views: meet Sebastian and Rutchelle

With our world becoming more and more digital, only few believe that between the millions of faces and links we see on a daily basis there is still something special and honest to be discovered.

That we can still find that sig­nif­i­cant oth­er in the midst of dat­ing web­sites and seem­ing­ly friv­o­lous mes­sen­ger con­ver­sa­tions. Sebas­t­ian Schager, an artist cur­rent­ly show­ing his work between Mia­mi and Vien­na as well as putting shows up as one of the cura­tors of Jan Arnold Gallery in Vienna’s MQ, and his girl­friend Rutchelle Salde, a Vien­na based fash­ion girl, are what you might call a per­fect exam­ple for the things that could hap­pen if you give the online world a try: Dig­i­tal affec­tion turn­ing into ana­logue love. After first meet­ing and mes­sag­ing on Face­book, the two quick­ly dis­cov­ered their shared inter­ests for art, fash­ion, and design, the things still form­ing the basis of their rela­tion­ship. With their cre­ative worlds col­lid­ing on a dai­ly basis, Sebas­t­ian and Rutchelle are no strangers to mak­ing your work and pri­vate life har­mo­nize per­fect­ly. In fact, they pre­fer to embrace the com­bi­na­tion of every­thing they love indi­vid­u­al­ly – to tru­ly make their rela­tion­ship the best of both worlds, no mat­ter if on- or offline.

Read what they had to say about their unique bond and the way they start­ed to see the world through each other’s eyes below, as we asked Sebas­t­ian and Rutchelle a few ques­tions about love, life, and every­thing in between.

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Rutchelle on Sebastian

How did you meet?
Since we live in the dig­i­tal age more than ever now — no, not Tin­der but we first start­ed chat­ting on Face­book and our first date was at a Museum.

What was the first thing you noticed about him?
His blue eyes, his strik­ing cheek­bones and his hands. Hands are important!

Was there an exact moment you knew this is it”?
I don’t think you get a feel­ing for it, it just kind of happens.

What is the one thing you most admire about him now?
The way he talks and the way he sees the world. To me, he is one of the most intel­li­gent human beings.

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What is prob­a­bly the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up in the morn­ing?
Won­der­ing if he should take a relax­ing bath for 2 – 3 hours.

What is the first thing he notices about anoth­er per­son?
The way some­one speaks and the way their lips move.

What is one trait that sets him apart from oth­ers?
He has this weird kind of humour which I utter­ly love.

What have you learned from him?
How to down­load a movie or a tv show from your smart­phone to your NAS and then wire­less­ly play it on your beamer.

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How would he spend the per­fect sum­mer day?
With me. And beer.

What’s his biggest motivation/​inspiration in life?
His fam­i­ly. And Velazquez and Car­avag­gio I guess.

If he could change any­thing in the world, what would that be?
No hatred, just pure love.

How would you describe what he does for a liv­ing?
Art all the way! From being a cura­tor, hav­ing his own gallery and most of all being an artist himself.

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How much do your work life and your pri­vate life inter­twine?
Well it depends, you know there’s always a fine line between fash­ion and art. So when we talk about our day, we always ask what the oth­er one thinks about this or that idea or how he/​she would change it to make it bet­ter… which some­times ends in a lit­tle fight.

What’s his ulti­mate dream/​goal?
Being a dad­dy and to paint for the rest of his life.

And last­ly: What makes him spe­cial over­all?
His sense of humour, his intel­li­gence, his tal­ent for good cook­ing, the way he under­stands me and loves me with all my flaws.

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Sebastian on Rutchelle

How did you meet?
Between exhi­bi­tions and social media.

What was the first thing you noticed about her?
In this order: the face, the voice, the body — and after that every­thing else.

Was there an exact moment you knew this is it”?
There wasn’t a moment but a vibe that came over me again and again.

What is the one thing you most admire about her now?
Her style and that she’s so fam­i­ly oriented.

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What is prob­a­bly the first thing she thinks about when she wakes up in the morn­ing?
Insta­gram… after that it’s prob­a­bly me.

What is the first thing she notices about anoth­er per­son?
Orig­i­nal­i­ty.

What is one trait that sets her apart from oth­ers?
To be a lit­tle Asian with a very Vien­nese accent.

What have you learned from her?
To be on time.

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How would she spend the per­fect sum­mer day?
With the boat trip we did in the Philip­pines a year ago.

What’s her biggest motivation/​inspiration in life?
Her mom, dad, broth­ers, nephew and of course Mary Kate Olsen’s clothes.

If she could change any­thing in the world, what would that be?
World peace.

How would you describe what she does for a liv­ing?
Fash­ion, fash­ion, fashion.

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How much do your work life and your pri­vate life inter­twine?
A lot since I always have to bring my work home as an artist and she’s always crazi­ly research­ing and scrolling.

What’s her ulti­mate dream/​goal?
It’s not mon­ey, it’s not the third PhD, but a big fam­i­ly and a lot of beau­ti­ful laugh­ing peo­ple around her.

And last­ly: What makes her spe­cial over­all?
The eyes, the nose, the lips, the jokes, the ass, the soul, the hon­esty, the style, the hair, the love.… every­thing, almost everything.


Pic­tures tak­en by Sebas­t­ian and Rutchelle

17 Feb 2017 · neubau eyewear