Studio of : Mateja Lukezic
Shop: Mima Store
Where is your studio located?
I'm lucky that I have studio where I live, which sometimes is more challenging, especially when there are school holidays and my kids are at home. My home and studio is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana is a beautiful old European city full of creative people and artists. In the summer time there is always something happening like festivals, street theater, concerts, art fair's and creative workshops.
How did you get started in your craft and what inspires you?
I was a graphic designer for years in one of the biggest trading company. Work in that company was to limited for me, not enough creative work. It was not an easy decision, but I decided to quit my job and go to college again. It was scary at first, especially because the children were still small, but I needed to follow my dream. I graduated with a degree in scenography and 3D animation.
I have been drawing since I can remember and illustration was always close to me. One day I needed to make illustrations for puppets, for the show in a theater. From that I found my passion from childhood again. I created my brand Mima, which comes from my nickname. My inspiration for my illustrations is everything that surrounds me, my family, my dog Ben, nature, books and people.
I still do graphic design and I have creative workshops for kids, but illustration is my first love.
What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?
I can't imagine what it would be like without my sketchbook, watercolours and computer.
What's a typical day in the studio like?
I start a day with a fresh squeezed lemon juice and a cup of coffee. Then I go for a walk with my dog Ben. I take my camera with me and capture life around me and Ben, which is often my inspiration for my work. This ritual is always the same no matter what, but after that it depends of a day. If I don't have any meetings in the city I start creating new illustration, sketching or working on a project, preparing photo material for Social media and so on. Mornings are always part of the day when I'm trying to do the majority of my work, before the kids come home from school. The evenings are mine again. I work late at night, when everyone around me is sleeping. It's quiet and a night owl like me is the most creative at that time. While working I love to listen folk or classical music.
What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?
I feel satisfied while I'm working , the fact that my work is something I love, it's part of my life and I can't imagine being without it. The feeling to have a happy customer is the best reward I could get. I'm thankful for everyone who has supported me. Because of them I can live my dream.
A big thanks to Mateja for sharing her studio and her work with us!
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