Full disclosure: our intrepid content manager Kyle wrote this post!
Vikki Wiercinski, designer at Mezzaluna Studio, is also Royal Bison's boss lady and a helluva wonderful human. Her first Bison as a vendor was in the Spring of 2008 and we are celebrating her ten year anniversary – CUE THE CONFETTI CANON!!! Mezzaluna Studio is all about bold colour and the joy of abstract pattern. It started a side project when Vikki was a full-time graphic designer many moons ago. The project was a runaway train and she now reimagines mid-century themes for modern times on fabric and paper on most days, earning her 2017's Maker of the Year award from Western Living magazine. You can keep up with Vikki's progress on instagram and read on down below to climb into the mind of one of Edmo's brightest creative stars:
RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
VIKKI: I really can't imagine any other kind of life for myself. I've been drawing since I was little, went to an arts high school and straight into art/design school after that. I love the mix of ideas, experimentation, aesthetics and business brains it takes to have a go at being a maker and designer - it gets me up in the morning. Offering people a way to easily inject some joy into their everyday through textiles and home furnishings is a dream job and I'm so happy to be able to do it. Sometimes I have to really stop and absorb that this is the life I've managed to make for myself!
RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
VIKKI: I'm working on more paper goods - I've got a brand new perpetual calendar, and coming soon is a blank recipe book and some large prints of my more well-known patterns. I would love to design duvet covers and wallpapers...
RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
VIKKI: I always have more patterns and colourways cooking, and ideas for all sorts of different mediums (pillows, duvet covers, paper prints, rugs, it goes on). I am going to visit Australia for a month this summer, and I can't wait to soak up the design scene in Melbourne - they might be as crazy about patterns over there as I am.
RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
VIKKI: Heavyhitters: Atelier Bingo, Inaluxe, Lucienne Day and Maija Louekari/Marimekko. Closer to home: Loyal Loot, Division 12, and every single Royal Bison maker who shows up to the fair with a fresh new design experiment to show the world. There is so much to take inspiration from...
You can find the full breadth of Vikki's vibrant work online at www.mezzalunastudio.ca