I’m a huge fan of the work by Mae Engelgeer so I jumped at the opportunity of visiting her studio and interviewing her. If you don’t know her work, you must be living under a design rock, cause she’s been featured nationally and internationally in almost every design magazine and blog from Elle decoration, to Bloesem and she’s taking the world by storm. On top of that she really is the sweetest person. Please make sure to check out MagasinMae for your very own Mae Engelgeer piece or check for the nearest retailer. The Kindred Spirits interviews are now done in a slightly different format. I hope you like it!
- Can you tell something about your background and how you ended up in textiles?
I have a background in fashion. I graduated at AMFI, the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, where I specialised in Textile Design. After a while of working in fashion I was accepted at the Sandberg Institute, direction Free Design, the master course of the Rietveld Academie. Here I had the opportunity to learn more about textiles in relation to autonomous art and design and especially the area that exists in between.
- Where do you find your inspiration? What has been the inspiration for your latest collection ISH for instance?
My inspiration comes from everything that happens around me and with which I come into contact. I design very much on feeling and are always intrigued by these little currents of trends I pick up and which I’m then completely absorbed in. I then slowly collect colours and materials that I think fit to make it visual and from there a new world arises and with that a new collection.
- What do you like best about your job and what do you think is the most annoying?
The best thing is the freedom of having your own studio, it’s just great to cycle there in the morning, make coffee and to turn on the computer and to do my own ‘thing’ . The most annoying is of course the business side of it, bookkeeping etc. But you learn a lot from that too.
- Can you define your significant style or signature?
My work distinguishes itself by the fact that I create a new or ‘unique’ use of colour which I mix with a graphical pattern and beautiful yarns. And of course my pop-color orange that is typical for my work and that comes back in everything.
- What are your plans or dreams for the future?
To keep on going with the studio and continue to move in the flow that I’m in right now. To work together with other companies to spread my work and specific style onto other product groups. And just keep on creating, that’s what makes me the happiest.