Behind the creatures and characters of Minu is talented designer and prolific maker Heike. Based in Wellington, Minu regularly features at Craft2.0, so if you’re in the vicinity stop by and say hello to Heike at the next Craft2.0 on Saturday 11 April at TheNewDowse, Lower Hutt.
What do you make?
… just nice stuff ^_^. My aim is to produce affordable art, small things to decorate your walls as well as home textiles and plush toys. Most of my drawings or prints on paper or fabric show strange little creatures… characters form a yet untold story like a childhood memory.
Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
I love all kinds of printmaking, be it screen printing, etching, woodcut or drypoint. I use water based inks and high quality paper. I love natural fibres like felt, cotton, wool and linen, but I also use polar fleece and polyester filling where it makes sense.
What inspires you?
Absolutely everything! An old wire on the street, a walk on the seaside, a word or phrase I read somewhere, lines in old wood, the shape of a cloud as well as browsing through blogs, magazines, flickr, galleries and exhibitions.
Describe your workspace:
I am working at home in a small spare room and on a desk in the sun room. Organised chaos rules the scene. I have a wall of inspiration with sketches, drawings and prints between newspaper cuttings, letters and used or found items. I try hard to keep at least my desk sorted. I love transparent plastic boxes. They pile up in all sizes containing fabric, stuffing, threads, pencils. I would love to have more space and I am looking into leasing a studio in Wellington but without success so far.
Five words that describe your mind:
Chaotic and organised, crazy and sane, happy and sad, black and white… all at the same time
What are you currently listening to?
Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami (audio book)
Your favourite childhood book?
‘Oh, wie schön ist Panama‘ (‘Beautiful Panama, land of my dreams‘) by Janosch
What are you reading now?
With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires, by Willis Barnstone
A favourite quote:
“Find out what it is that makes you want to stay up all night and work, and do that.” Keri Smith
If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Black on one end white on the other.