Recently I was given a wonderful opportunity to get to know a bit of the creative inspirations of a wonderful textiles artist, Mariam! Mariam self describes as “a French-Malian artist born in Africa, raised in Africa and France, and now living in Brooklyn.” Her blog and Etsy shop launched in 2007 due to her “desire to create a new, young, and multi-cultural home fashion brand.”
Q:Tell us a bit about yourself.
A: Hi and thank you for having me on your blog! My name is Mariam. I am a French-Malian artist and home fashion designer living in Brooklyn. I love multiculturalism, and originality. This is what I try to show in my creations. All of my ideas take roots in my double culture. I love to travel the world and to discover unique and different approaches of art and design. I have a special passion for fabrics, and they are one of my favorite medium.
Q: What events and/or people have led you to become an artist?
A: As far as I remember, I have always been an artist. So being an artist has come naturally when the time has come to choose a career. I do not have the feeling that I choose to become an artist, I do not feel I had a real choice. This is the only way I feel true to myself. More than a way to earn my life, this is who I am.
Q: How do you come up with your creative ideas?
A: At every moment, by traveling, spending time with family and friends, having a coffee, watching a movie reading a book, listening to a music. In general, by having fun.
Q: What’s your quirkiest attribute?
A: I speak 3 languages (almost 4) and have lived on 3 continents. I am not sure if this is quirky, but this has become an attribute to me.
Q: What would you say to someone who says they aren’t creative?
A: I think everybody is. I would tell them to start creating something, anything, and put themselves in a creative mindset. This will allow the ideas to flow. Like anything in life, creativity is something that you need to develop if you want to excel in it.
Q: Where are your items available for sale?
A: My items are all available at http://www.angelshair.etsy.com/
Q: What project/s do you currently have on your plate?
A: I am working on my 2011-2012 collection which will as usual articulate around 3 themes:
Africa, Europe, America. I hope to be able to introduce it in a couple of months.
A gigantic thank you to Mariam for letting us get a glimpse of her creative spirit!