Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Out and about

Last month I went to Horsens to attend the opening of an exhibition made by one of my best friends in the world. The exhibition named "Slowly Seeping through my Hands" is made by the very talented fashion designer turned artist; Nikoline Liv Andersen
If you have not seen this exhibit and if you are situated in Denmark you should definitely pay Horsens Kunstmuseum a visit! 
I have always admired Nikoline's dedication and patience. The needlework and attention to detail is what amazes me the most and of course also the color-scheme is wonderful. She builds up the textiles herself by adding layers of fabric, fur, leather, yarn etc until she is satisfied with the look of it. She may tear it up, paint it or add sequins and embroidery in order so make the garment stand out and have the right expression.
She is also one of the most determined people I know and it definitely shines through in this exhibit. She is not up for compromising so you know when you see Nikoline Liv Andersens work that everything has been very well thought through and hours have been spent on every single piece. 
Naturally I was thrilled to see much of her latest work in this setting.

Also pay a visit to her website here and see more of her great work. Btw her website is of my own design... first time I tried using Flash.



















Monday, December 5, 2011

COSTUME awards

Hello friends! Hope all are feeling good!

Last month COSTUME commissioned me to do the symbol for an award they are giving to; the Danish Designer of 2011, the Shoe of 2011 and the Beauty Product of 2011. Vote on their website and win lovely prizes!!

This is the link: COSTUME AWARDS

xx

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Quizzz

Time for the Toronto Life's critics-quiz!

Guess who is what here (read, see, hear) - and this one is actually kind of difficult... no glasses to indicate anything...






Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today is my birthday and the sun has been shining all morning which means that I have been a good girl. I am happy that nature is doing its best to make my day perfect.
Two cats and two doves are keeping company with me outside I see. Lovely birthday guests!
I wish all a great day - birthday or not.
xx

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This and that

Today I am working on a personal piece. I am loving having the time to work on something that is self-initiated. It is so comforting to see that I still have the ability to create out of "nothing". Working for clients is wonderful as well - realising other peoples visions - but nothing compares to creating from the heart. This practically gives me the chills! In a good way :)

I have the fireplace going, cup of coffee, music - which is Etta James today - and pencil and paper. Does one need anything else???

Love to all!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Interview


The digital magazine CHAOS has just launched their Fall issue which contains a feature about my work. You can read it here.
I feel flattered that they did such an extensive piece about me and feel that it does reflect what my work is all about. Thanks Ying-Di for writing such a nice article. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nature theme

Not much has been going on of interest lately, hence the rather sparse blog. I am kind of coping with the winter blues, combined with a mountain of work having to be done around the house and in my studio and creative things to get done before the big 'C' looming, so I am looking a little glum. 


Today I have decided to work through the day by the kitchen table as I feel like I need a shift. 


The weather is beautiful today though. I love this kind of autumn weather where the sun is shining but it is still crisp. 
After moving out of the city I am noticing the weather more. I have (re)discovered how you can stay out a greater part of the year and how nature changes through the seasons. I knew that even when I was living in the city, but somehow I didn't take that much notice and definitely didn't stay outside for longer periods when it was cold. 


I want to share with you some drawings I did last week. They are in the same vein as the typography work I have been doing in the past. These are nature themes; flying creatures and swimming creatures. 


xx Mia


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MOLO KIDS


  
Some of the prints I made for MOLO KIDS AW 11 collection are in stores now.





I loved doing this fairy tale inspired illustration and there are more to follow in the SS 12 collection next year.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Long time - no see!

So today's Monday and it's been a long time since I posted something on this blog. Last week was pretty unusual as my son was sick and I had to stay home with him. Amazing as it sounds he used about 56 diapers in 5 days and that says it all!!!!
And the week before was also out of the ordinary as I was teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Talk about a long name for an institution... BUT it was great and though this was my first try at teaching I think it went pretty well. Rewarding indeed. Looking back there are things that I would have done differently, but isn't it always like that? Once the job is done you know how you could have done better. I guess that is what is called "learning from your experiences" and I certainly did learn a lot from that week of teaching fashion illustration. I have been offered to come back in February and of course I am excited and glad that they want be back.

So these are the reasons why I haven't been blogging much lately, but now I am back! I bet you've missed me.

Below is more work for Toronto Life Magazine! I love doing these portraits and today I am starting on another three. But here are last months portraits - as usual movie, book and music critics.
Try figuring out who's who here >>>



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesdays poem


Look it Over


I leave behind even
my walking stick. My knife
is in my pocket, but that
I have forgot. I bring
no car, no cell phone,
no computer, no camera,
no CD player, no fax, no
TV, not even a book. I go
into the woods. I sit on
a log provided at no cost.
It is the earth I’ve come to,
the earth itself, sadly
abused by the stupidity
only humans are capable of
but, as ever, itself. Free.
A bargain! Get it while it lasts.



~Wendell Berry

Friday, October 14, 2011

Paper Dolls

In the November issue of COSTUME you'll find the three paper dolls of my creation.










They also put a small feature about me in the first couple of pages in the mag. Fun!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Come rain or shine...

I am slowly starting to move my things into the studio space. It seems quite messy and crammed at the moment, but as soon as the rest of the room is all painted and set it will be a day of joy and celebration! I'll give you a little peek into it right here:


I hope you have had a great day this far. I have been drawing trees, boats and stars, while listening to
these guys right here:


Little Dragon. Such a lovely band! Take a listen!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Update!

Now is the time for a new post!

I am still working on the renovation of my studio. It has been a long hard ride, but the end of painting and sanding and filling out holes in the wall is getting nearer and I am beginning to feel relieved because it has taken up a lot of space in my mind and a lot of time in my schedule! So I can't wait to settle in and start working on bigger projects and having space to do whatever I want. Drawing, painting, sewing, printing, dancing(!?)...

Meanwhile I am working on three projects that are all very lovely in their own little way. First one up is an illu for Danish fashion magazine Costume for whom I have previously made three paperdolls, which I will share with you in a post when I get the magazine in the mail! But I will give you a preview here.

 
Sketches for Costume paperdolls

The other is for Orion books. I am doing another Erica James cover.

And the last is the collaboration with Grabarz&Partner working on a project for the organization startsocial in Germany. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday again!

Monday again!!! That means a week has gone by without posting even one little thing here! Phew - time is passing by so quickly these days, maybe it is because the light is already getting dim at 6 pm and then it is practically dark around 8.
Anyways, I thought I wanted to share with you the illustrations I did for Toronto Life this time around. It is three little portraits again. Music-, book- and movie critics. Guess who's doing what!


  

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Monday

Ever took a listen to Cat Power? Her record Jukebox is the soundtrack for my Monday.



While listening to this beautiful woman I am working on an illustration for a German agency called Grabarz&Partner, whom I have worked for in the past and love to be collaborating with. I will keep you posted about that job.

I have also started a collaboration with an Australian surf/fashion brand called MAMBO for whom I am creating a t-shirt print. They are pretty tongue in cheek and though I love humor my print isn't going to be humoristic I am afraid.

Have a wonderful Monday! xxx

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A dangerous mind

So I have received the layout from Stella magazine to which I created the illustration of Sabina Spielrein. I  just want to share that with you today and wish all an exciting Wednesday. xx


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This life

Today I am working on more portraits for Toronto Life Magazine (will post about them later) while listening to Fink a favorite musician of mine. Very subtle and calm music. And sexy voice!

Fink

Fall is coming fast it seems. The leaves have started falling of the trees and the wind is blowing harder and I feel like cuddling up in front of the fireplace and a warm cup of herbal tea. Though it is not bad sitting on a chair drawing faces and listening to lovely music :)

I wish everybody a wonderful autumn day with sunshine in their minds - if not from the sky. xx

Monday, September 12, 2011

Imagination

Hello.

I hope weather's as beautiful where you are as it is here. Late summer ambiance is the best! The light is more golden and the breeze is fresh.

Anyways - today I want to share some work I have done for Vi Forældre, a Danish parent magazine. The illustrations are to follow an article about kids imagination and how we as parents should support our kids in their fantasizing because it is great work-out for the brain and it improves the childs creativity.

xx



Monday, September 5, 2011

VLB

Hello lovely readers.
I hope you are all doing well out there!

I am back to post about new work I have done. It is for two Canadian girls, bloggers and fashion journalists. Meghan Calverley and Jessica Hinkson aka Vicious Little Bitches - though I never really felt  their viciousness! They were really nice to work with.
See below business card/logo.

Front

Back

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Illustration for Stella

I have been doing new work for Stella a Sunday magazine inside the British The Telegraph.


The issue will be out August 28.
It is a full page illustration for a feature about Sabina Spielrein who apparently was one of the first female psychoanalysts whos ideas informed Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. She studied under Carl Jung after he helped her recovering from what he named "hysteria". Obviously she was traumatized by having a violent father and a mother obsessed with buying everything she saw. Carl Jung was married with two kids and it was clear that the relationship that they entered became inappropriately intimate. Whether it was sexual or not is still the subject of debate, but in personal notes and letters they both declare their love for eachother.
Jung developed a means of catagorising the mind. The "persona" was the outward personality. The "anima" was the soul. He invested the anima with all sorts of qualities, some exhilarating and some dangerous. It is said that Jung's anima is Spielrein.