Based in Germany, Michal Friese creates eye catching work with an undeniable passion. I've enjoyed following Michal's artistic journey for awhile now and she continues to surprise and amaze me with her moon creations. It was an honor to get to finally interview her for our Makers for Makers series. Learning more about her process and views shows that there is so much more depth to her work than meets the eye. I love that Michal is down right honest with her creating. She allows herself to play and find inspiration in unique ways. Interviewing her helped me understand more about myself as an artist and I hope that it does the same for all of you who are on your own artist soul search. The world can joggle us around but our art can help us express and communicate that in our own ways. A huge thanks to Michal for allowing this interview to happen and for opening up her own artistic soul to us. Be sure to have a read below and take in all the goodness she has to offer. Enjoy!
TELL US ABOUT YOU AS AN ARTIST.
Hi! Well, I LOVE experimenting. That’s why I can’t stick with one medium only but have to do a bunch of other things on the side. Besides my main act painting I like playing music, doing macrame, dyeing natural fabric, the list goes on and keeps me full of inspiration. It all works with each other to create a big picture, not against each other. But it also means that sometimes I don’t paint a single thing for weeks at a time and then when I feel the right „level“ of inspiration it hits me and I paint hundreds of pictures in a week.
WHAT MADE YOU BRING THIS DREAM TO REALITY?
It’s actually kinda funny, because I studied translation and interpretation at Uni and got my BA, but already knew half way through that the fact that I was spending more time doing art than homework would eventually lead to me not working as an interpreter or translator. And that is what happened. So when I moved back to my hometown I started this little art adventure of mine. :)
WHAT ARE THE CORE BELIEFS BEHIND YOUR ART?
Art is an expression of how the artist sees the world and it’s almost like a funnel to me: lots of beauty goes into my head (from other art or creation or people or writing or whatever comes my way) and my version of it all mixed together and scrambled around comes out. That is one reason why I think you can tell so much about a person by their art. And art connects people and souls and that is one of the best aspects.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE WHEN STARTING OUT?
Bureaucracy. I knew what I wanted to do but things like taxes and paperwork have a way of paralyzing me. Anyone with me on that one?
DO YOU HAVE ANY MAKERS YOU ADMIRED THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOU?
I have been hugely inspired by interior designers. It is actually my #1 go to source for inspiration in magazines or online. And Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) he wrote a book called Steal Like an Artist and I highly recommend it to anyone, creative person or not. One artist whose color schemes and patterns always inspire me is RAJOVILLA (@rajovilla on Instagram). You’ll see why ;) There are plenty of others, a lot of which you can find by looking through who I follow on IG.
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY AS A MAKER LOOK LIKE?
Typical…. to be honest that is not existent in my world. The only routine I keep is getting up (kinda) early and drinking a cup of strong coffee with milk while I read my Bible in the morning. From then on there’s no knowing what happens. But I can say there’s lot’s of bike riding, nature admiring, day jobs working, friends visiting, painting, new art forms exploring, involved. And laundry and teeth brushing.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A MAKER?
The Freedom I get to create what I like and sell it and the joy it brings to people who connect with it. Honestly there is nothing better than when people tell me that my art speaks to them in some way! So exciting, because I too experience that with other people’s art and I know exactly what they mean. And to be the one creating that in a person! Wow! I am in awe every time!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR MAKERS JUST STARTING OUT?
Just do it! Seriously! There will always be ups and downs and difficulties and such, but you won’t experience the highs and joys unless you get started!