{the interview series} Studio Meez

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Studio Meez é um atelier criativo onde personagens encantadoras ganham vida. São ilustrações em papel, em tecido e em madeira saídas do imaginário de uma infância feliz, que apelam ao nosso lado mais delicado e sonhador... para admirar e usar com um sorriso no rosto!
Apresento-vos: Studio Meez.

[Este post pertence à rubrica semanal {the interview series}, onde publico uma nova entrevista todas as quartas-feiras, com artistas e bloggers inspiradores que admiro, de acordo com o espírito handmade e um estilo de vida criativo. Tornem-se fãs no facebook e não percam nada!
Por motivos óbvios de extensão e compreensão do texto, tanto pelos entrevistados como pelos potenciais leitores do resto do mundo, a entrevista segue em inglês.]


Studio Meez is a creative space where charming characters come to life. They're illustrations on paper, fabric and wood came out of the imaginary of a happy childhood, that appeal to our more delicate and dreamy side... to admire and wear with a smile!
I present you: Studio Meez.

[This post belongs to the weekly feature {the interview series} where I publish a new interview every wednesday with inspiring artists and bloggers I admire, according to the spirit of handmade and a creative lifestyle. Become a facebook fan and don't miss a bit!]

Studio Meez
Ghent, Belgium
site | blog | shop


1. Let’s pretend we don’t know each other and I’ve never heard about Studio Meez. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi everyone! I’m Studio Meez, a graphic designer, self taught illustrator and devoted knitter based in Ghent. I make illustrations and birth announcements, knit scarves, sew dresses and many many other things.

2. You work as an illustrator and graphic designer. How was this creative passion born and which path lead you here?
Just like many others I was born with a passion to be creative and as long as I can remember I always had my colour pencils with me. My parents send me to artschool after I ruined their wallpaper and since then my passion only grew. I followed graphics & illustration in secondary school and later on I was lucky to get accepted to study graphic design. A year after getting my bachelor in graphic design I decided to take the chance to start my own little online shop. Everything is still fresh and new to me and I’m curious to see where it will lead me!


3. What mediums do you use to create your original drawings and why do you prefer them? And how about digital mediums?
For the moment I’m in some kind of search stadium. I’m trying out a lot of techniques in search of what suits me the best. I always loved to work with watercolor and pencil. Lately I’m also doing some cut and stick work since sticking paper is so much fun and I can’t live without my computer so there is also a little bit of photoshop, indesign and illustrator. I like to be versatile in my techniques so that they could be a never ending source of inspiration.

4. In your illustrations you combine some characters from children imaginary and funny animals how are these compositions born? What inspires you? Share your creative process with us.
Most of my figures just pop up unexpectedly in my head and then I have to draw them. I also like to take long walks in the city and have a vivid imagination. During those walks I like to image tiny friends and funny creatures that walk along with me.


5. You take your illustrations to the next level, transferring them to wearable objects in wood and fabrics – I especially love your lovely wooden brooches! Would you share a favorite and a best seller with us?
Those wooden brooches are the favorite of many people. I think it is sometimes more fun to have an illustration you love with you at all times wherever you go then only have it hang up on the wall.




6. You also have a big love for knitting, right? Could it be a next step in Studio Meez product line?
How could you guess! I had kept it a secret until now but it can’t harm to talk a little bit about my dreams right? I would like to combine my big love for illustration, graphic design & knitting and in the future hope to make some home decorations and accessories. It is one of my projects I’m working on at this moment.



7. I’m very curious about your house renovation project! In your other blog you share some news and photos of your future new home – I bet this is an exciting process! Tell us about it.
It is an exciting process! It is a dream come true to live in my favorite city. In one of the next days/weeks the big works will start and by the end of August we plan to move. It will probably be the biggest project of our lives and I can’t wait to start decorating and make it into a real home.

8. Through your shop your creations travel all around the world! What means do you use to promote your work?
I’m not so good at promoting my own work. I’m always a little shy about that. I guess my blog is the only thing you can see as some kind of promoting. Of course I’m also thankful to all the people who shared my work and blogged about it. Like you! Thank you Ana!


9. Would you share with us a regular day at work?
Everyday is different and that is what I like about it. One day I can be busy with scribbling and drawing and the other day it can be knitting or trying out new ideas. That is the fun thing about this ‘job’ although it’s also a lot of hard work. The only regular thing about my day is when I check my orders and pack everything to send to their new owners.

10. Would you give us a glimpse of your working space? Describe it and tell us what you love most about it.
Right know me and my love are living in a tiny studio which is only 3 rooms big. My working space is actually a very long table that is in the kitchen area in the living room. I can’t wait until we move, then I will have a whole room for myself, much more space to work in and my love can stop nagging about all the mess I make.



11. I know you have a big love for vintage and you must love photography too, because your photographs are really beautiful! Share your passions and hobbies with us.
I love to rummage around in secondhand shops and thrift markets, always on the look for new and forgotten treasures. My thrift founds are also a source of inspiration for my work and I like to live between beautiful things that have a story to tell. And yes, I never leave the house without my camera. I’m a little bit obsessed to photograph everything that happens in my life, even the smallest things. I have so many passions but too little time for them due to the renovation works and my many projects.


12. You live in Belgium – an European country I’d like to visit one day. Tell us about what you love most in the place where you live. Would you like to live anywhere else one day?
Originally I grew up in a quiet little town and went to live in the city Ghent for my education. I can’t imagine ever leaving this, please. I love the hustle and bustle of this city. It’s a nice cozy city, with beautiful architecture and many cultural happenings. Off course it would be nice to live in another country as well to get to now other cultures and see other things than the ones you know. Who knows, maybe I’ll move to France or Italy someday, that would be nice.

13. If you could live in any historical era of your choice, what would it be? Why?
That’s a difficult question... I think it would be the future because I’m so curious what it will bring to me.
14. What advices would you give to someone who would also like to become an illustrator?
Stay true to yourself and don’t look too often to other illustrators and creators, it’s the only way you will create your own thing and don’t forget to work hard and have fun.

15. What are your plans for the future? And your most unrealistic dreams?
I hope I can keep on doing what I’m doing now and that Studio Meez will keep on growing.
My most unrealistic dream is maybe travel around the world for the rest of my life, I would love to see everything there is to see.



Now a quick question and answer game so we can find a bit more about you and your tastes!

Tell us one:
book: Pluk van de Petteflet by Annie M.G. Schmidt
music: Lykke li
movie: The science of sleep and Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
personality/artist: Mark Rothko
color: greyisch pastels
object: my camera and Mac
animal: my two lovely cats, Lola & Mies
drink: coffee
food: guacamole
season of the year: Summer
travel destination: Tokyo
piece of clothing: scarf
secret: that’s why they call it a secret. I won’t tell.

Thank you for sharing your world of wonder with us, Studio Meez!

5 comments:

  1. me encanta su trabajo.
    gracias por el lindo interview :)

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  2. What lovely creations, so delicate and sweet!

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  3. very pretty & cute & nice made creations!

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  4. I like the creations of Studio Meez !

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  5. I love Studio Meez! Lovely interview!!

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