This week we wanted to share an interview with one of our collection artists, Mariery Young. Based in the UK and Panama, Mariery is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Mezclao Studio. As an artist an illustrator, Mariery works with bright colors and bold patterns to create tropical patterns and quirky perspectives on nature.
We can't get enough of Mariery's mix of pastels and neons, and love her use of animals and fruit in the cases she designed exclusively for us. We're excited to share a little bit more about the woman behind some of our best-selling cases.
The Casery: Your art is very distinctive. What would you say influences your work the most?
Mariery: Color plays a big part in my art. My color palette is influenced by the media I digest and think about all the time, so it’s from favorite TV shows or architectural influences, rather than heavily coded or heavyweight intellectual stuff.
That whirl of TV show references and movies means I always have a fresh look at how I can present and curate my own tropical flair. My current obsession is with the architectural and design movement known as the Memphis Group, from '80s Italy.
The Casery: How are things with the studio? Are you working on anything fun at the moment?
Mariery: Mezclao Studio is doing great and we celebrated year one in early January. There are a couple of exciting things happening in the very near future alongside that milestone, as we’re beginning to start producing our own in-house paper goods and, biggest of all, will also be opening our British studio based in the north of England.
The Casery: How was the London Illustration Fair?
Mariery: The London Illustration Fair was a great experience. It was great to be a part of a project that showcased illustration in all its forms. I met some incredible illustrators and had the pleasure of finding some of my personal illustration heroes and Instagram icons at the show. The whole event was super fun and makes me want to spend even more time in London!
The Casery: What has been your favorite moment in your career in the past year?
Mariery: Working (and completing!) a mural for Nike Women. That project was a year in the making and, once the mural was printed on wood, I could finally breathe and begin stitching it into my portfolio. For sheer relief and for satisfaction in getting a huge project done, that was up there with almost anything I’ve done. It was marvelously complete as a piece for me at that exact moment and not a second before.
The Casery: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Mariery: Can I pick two? I’m going to pick two; Diane Vreeland and Fran Lebowitz. Both at the same dinner party. I love the way they both approach art and cut up what is to be expected of an artist. Lebowitz is so sharp, her interviews and witty answers are amazing.
The Casery: What exciting new projects are you currently working on?
Mariery: I worked with an upcoming polewear clothing company based in Berlin called Mara Blue, designing fabric patterns and helping the brand get on its feet. I’m really excited to see the final result. I'm excited to be designing my own paper goods with Mezclao Studio, as I'm a stationary addict and designing items is what we're excellent at.
The Casery: If you could give one piece of advice to young artists, what would it be?
Mariery: Say yes to something you have never done before and don’t overthink things. That paralyzes you.
The Casery: OK, one last question. If your art was scratch and sniff, what would your work smell like?
Mariery: Ginger pineapple. Maybe tiger?
You can check out all of Mariery's cases here. Each design is limited to 100 prints and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Get yours today before they're all gone!
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