Maker and designer (and co-coordinator of Royal Bison) Vikki Wiercinski of Mezzaluna Studio is back for another round of the Bison - hooray! At this point she’s a Bison mainstay - here’s what she has to say about her work:
“Mezzaluna Studio is the project of Vikki Wiercinski, a multidisciplinary designer and artist based in Edmonton. Her textiles, paper goods and homewares feature abstract modern original designs and are a meditation on the aesthetics of joy and of shape and colour. She makes her pieces so that anyone can enjoy them - she believes good design is an elemental part of democratic society. Vikki was named Maker of the Year by Western Living in 2017.”
What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?
I have vivid memories of drawing greeting cards for my family as a seven year old kid. In design school I started sewing, bookbinding, learning to screen print and building things out of cardboard, it was the freaking best.
What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?
Realizing it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon! Being a maker and designer is simply what I do for the rest of my life. Knowing that creativity ebbs and flows, and you have down seasons and seasons where you are totally on fire, and if you’re stuck in creative block knowing that it will lift eventually. The longer you make things the more you have to do things that don’t involve making things (promotion, website management, order shipping, etc) - sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the other details and forget to design. It’s a fine balance, plus sometimes I just need some couch time with my cats - not working all the time is a lesson I am still learning!
How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?
Making sure I won’t have to go back to a cubicle job is basically all the motivation I ever need.
Describe your current creative process in 3 words.
Colour, shape, compose.
\ \ \ BONUS QUESTION / / /
If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?
Name? Arrow, Bisbee, Kimchi. All cats.
Age? 6, 8, 11
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? Arrow is a dum-dum. Bisbee is a perfect jumper, olympic level! Kimchi is very, very smart.