Monday, December 10, 2012

New publication

 

(work in progress)

I am so proud to announce that my work has been selected by Taschen to be featured in the Illustration NOW! Fashion book which will come out in July 2013. I am looking very much forward to this as my participation in the Illustration NOW! 3 was a huge succes client-wise and I feel it is such an honor to be featured alongside such very talented illustrators from all over the world. That feels very professional!

I wish everyone a lovely Monday. xx

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Work in progress


I have started using scissors! And oh - what a thrill! Collage-work will be coming up - I tell you.

While I am work I am listening to "Ames Room" by Silje Nes. My most recent musical crush. I stumbled upon her cd in the library and found the cover interesting. Actually this is usually the way I find new artists. Most times the cover is a visual translation of the music - so I tend to choose the covers that seems artistically interesting, and which oftentimes carry illustration/art.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Welcome inside


The weekend went with talking to people coming to visit me in my studio and wanting to know more about my work. It was so rewarding sharing my work with these nice folks and seeing their reaction and listening to their associations. I had set up a small exhibition on my easel and put some of my paintings on stretcher frames and scattered them around the studio. Some people even wanted to buy sketches off of my bulletin board! A very fun experience indeed.
I apologise, but the pics were taken at night hence the bad light-setting...




The exhibit in "downtown" also went very well. A lot of visitors on the opening night and Klint, my son, got to eat a whole bunch of pretzels and I got to drink some wine! (I lack pics from this night so you'll have to do with the single one below...)

Before - after



Monday, October 22, 2012

Get in the game


I am getting in gear for the upcoming Open Doors, which is a happening taking place in the area where I live. A group of working artists which I am part of will open up their studios to the public. I am in the midst of figuring out what to display on this occasion as well as trying to get some new work done. I think I will put some prints up for sale and "older" work too. Let's see what happens - I am quite excited about it as I have not done a thing like this before...

But for your info; this event is called "Open Doors" and will take place the weekend of November 3th and 4th 2012.
So stop by for a cup, a talk and/or a peek!

A reception will take place at Lyngby Kunstforening (Jernbanepladsen 22) Thursday 1. November 2012. From 17-18.30. All the artists will be present and I will be exhibiting 1 piece of artwork. The show will also be on view Saturday 3. November, 11-14. Admission is free.

See you!
Now back to work...


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

This time of year



enjoying...

... my studio space (now with wooden floors and fireplace!).
... creating new work for my portfolio.
... knitting striped sweater for my kid out of scrap yarn.
... apples of own produce (we have two appletrees in the garden). Have been eating tons of them already.
... making good old applecake.
... moving furniture around trying to create the most cosy livingroom possible.
... chestnuts.
... lovely neighbors.


The light is so beautiful this time of year. Autumn and winter is a very productive time for me, workwise. Summer was quite hectic with trying to bring the house in order and grooming the garden etc. hcih we are still working on!
BUT the floor in my studio is now in and I am loving how the whole family has moved in and we all feel revitalized by this "new beginning". I also love how the place encourage creativity, imagination and productivity. My son has got an obsession with building dens out of blankets, chairs and pillows and does this most happily in my studio.. also my husbondo decided to spend time in the corner doing his research and claimed that he had been much more productive in here (although he has his own space just across the hall!). I am glad the the whole family benefits from this room the the house.
We also build a new easel (giant!) from scrap wood (which we have plenty of hence the house renovation etc.) So now there is no excuse for me not to get on with painting. Luckily so.



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Family portrait

This was commissioned as a birthday present from a husband to his wife... such a lovely idea.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer summer summer

Ooooooh I have been enjoying this summer!
Visiting friends, biking to the beach, barbequeing, staying up late and wishing upon stars! I hope you have been enjoying the holidays as much as me and that you are back at work with renewed energy and ideas. I know I am.
No such thing as a good old time off. To have the time to wander aimlessly, feel in contact with mother earth as you are laying in the grass/sand/rock and look into the sky, cook and bake and create. All whilst being with the ones you love. Nothing like it.

BUT time for showing new work that I did before leaving for the hols. Here a nice cup of coffee!
xx


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Roses are red, violets are...

I have made a new T-shirt print for MAMBO Australia's Goddess line. It is a very street-, surf-, artsy-, tongue-in-cheek kind of brand, that keeps a positive and humoristic approach to fashion, that I like a lot.

When I was given this assignment I was immediately thrown back to the days spent as a young girl writing down poetic verses in my classmates poetry journals. Books that every girl in their right mind was keeping and personalizing with doodles and bobs. Not only was I doing the artwork for this print but also bound to come up with a tagline for the thing... This paralysed me for a while, but after intense brainstorming, this is what I came up with; "Summers Butterflies Took Shelter in my Winter Heart" - to make reference to summer as this was meant for the winter collection. This was edited slightly back and forth through the process of making the artwork. But I quite like how it turned out in the end. Actually this preview is not the final piece as the eventual artwork included photographic flower images instead of these painted ones. This piece was quite challenging for me in many ways as it held many new elements and turned out quite different from what I call my signature style. But sometimes (always) it is good to be trown into deep water, this is where we reinvent and discover new things.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Take me to the beach!!

 This is how I want to spend my holidays; on my back, on the beach with a book, music in my ears and an ice-cold ginger ale to sip from a straw!!! Occasionally flying a kite and going for a swim...
I wish everyone a fabulous summer! xxx

Monday, June 18, 2012

In a summer mood

I have been creating new work for my portfolio and this below image is a perfect reflection of my current mood. I would love to be that girl, sitting on the back of a 50s Vespa, inhaling the sweet summer evening air while clasping my babys chest! Mmmmmm


Monday, June 11, 2012

Carlin Group International

More work for Carlin Groupe is featured below.Carlin Groupe is a trend forecasting and design agency for the industries of fashion and consumer goods. These illustrations (like last year) were made for a book forecasting beauty-trends to come.









Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I want one of these!


I am saving up for one of these grow domes which will allow us to grow all year. And also allow for sitting among plants and flowers all year. Would be a dream come true!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Inspiration & creation

Dear Amy,

This response is for you. I know that it has been quite a while since I received your letter in my mailbox and I have been wanting to write you back for several weeks now. I apologize for writing you back in this manner but I thought that this information could be of interest to others too as I have been asked some of the same questions in the past.

So to get down to business:
Why do you use the materials you do? Why do you use them in that way?
Most of my work revolves around pencilwork. And this is due to the fact that I feel that it is the most basic tool of all. It is elemental. It is the tool I have always used, and I think that it is not even a real choice I have made, it just ended up being that way.
And it is practical. You can take it with you everywhere you go and it doesn't seep out into your bag or pocket and doesn't take up a lot of space. 
The watercolors are dramatically different from the pencil. I feel that it is unpredictable and can be hard to handle, so I tend to use it sparsely, and try not to "force" it too much. It makes for a great contrast to the pencilwork and has a lovely light to it.
 
What inspired you when you were in school? 
Many of the things/themes that inspired me in school still occupies me. I have certain themes that I tend to go back to and reflect on (in my personal work), which revolves mostly around identity and "being in the world". I think that we as humans have a certain way of perceiving the world that is unique to every single one of us. And what most artists are doing is to basically try to reflect their perception of "being".
But in school inspiration came from all kinds of sources such as books about symbolism, animals and the ancient greek mythology. Antropology/different cultures/natives. Old fairy tales. And of course the nature of fashion (and consumption) as this was what I studied (fashion).


What do you do when you hit a wall or don't like the work that you have done?
I get depressed! If I don't like what I have done I put it away and then I go onto doing something totally different. Something that gets me fired up and energized again. Like baking a bread or go for a walk. Inspiration and great ideas come at the least expected places - though I have (through experience) learned that ideas (most times) definitely come after at least one hour of walking. Also oftentimes inspiration comes in the shower! But new studies say that increased oxygen to the brain (which happens when the body is moving) is a greater resource for creative thinking than the regular creative brain exercises. This is the way you will experience true creativity; by moving your body.
Btw another great way to "get over" bad artwork is to put something indecent in the picture or just ruin it. You can always reinvent yourself and make new work! Also remember to make work that is only for your own eyes - the thought of having people see everything you do can have a limiting effect. You should always be making work for your own sake as this will be the very "motor" of your carrier (if you choose this path (illustration/art) in life).  

I hope that I am not too late with this response and I am flattered that you chose my work as an inspiration to your GCSE project, and I would be delighted to see your final piece. Don't hesitate to send me a pic.

All the best wishes,
Mia

Monday, April 16, 2012

New print for Molo Kids

New girls t-shirt from Molo Kids spring/summer collection 2012 with my sea horse-print on it. You can purchase it here. I wish I had a girl that could wear it. If it didn't have the puff-sleeves and the ruffles I would definitely force it on my son!

Have a lovely day xxx



Monday, March 19, 2012

Beauty Fool

New work to be seen on the beauty blog; BeautyFool.com.

Great collaboration with half Danish half Chinese girl; Ren in Singapore, who is the creator of this most popular beauty blog. Take a look: www.beautyfool.com.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Imagination

O imagination, you who have the power to impose yourself on our faculties and our wills, stealing us away from the outer world and carrying us off into an inner one, so that even if a thousand trumpets were to sound we would not hear them, what is the source of the visual messages that you receive, if they are not formed from sensations deposited in the memory? 

Dante

Spring is coming!!!!


Critics for Toronto Life Magazine´s April issue.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sneak peek...

Last stages of the painting...


It has been great to see one of my illustrations in such a big size. It looks so much more expressive this way. You should try this at home!

Have a nice Tuesday xx

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Work in progress



I am working BIG these days! And it is a WONDERFUL feeling!!
111 x 190 cm...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Start Social

Finally the StartSocial project came to life! I received to book in the mail last week and it looks so fine.
This is a short description of the work StartSocial carries out:
Many people are spending their spare time by working in an honorary capacity or by volunteering social projects - alone, with friends, in an association, school or congregation. They have thousand ideas in mind how to solve social problems,
but sometimes the execution causes practical problems.
With our support they can make a difference. This is why startsocial provides assistance with these special projects. The focus should not be on the one-time moneyed assistance, but on the systematic transfer of knowledge by economic and social organisations leading to social projects.


The brief said to illustrate the work of the Nicolaidis-Foundation which is a public trust, that helps young widows and their children to deal with grief and daily routine.
The foundation conciliates to free self-help groups, therapists, financial and legal help. Even special activities for children and teens or therapeutical vacations are included in the care of the Nicolaidis-Foundation. The trust is building up a network of different organizations that help mourners all over Germany.

I tried to not make the illustration look too depressing as the topic is quite serious. My aim was to focus on the positive effect of sharing and taking time out to relax and reflect.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mambo girl

Today I am posting a preview of the work I did for MAMBO Australia. This version is actually not the final version, but it ended up somewhat like this. It is going to be printed on a garment in one of their future female collections.
Have a nice winter Tuesday! xx