Makerie Studio (London, UK)
Makerie Studio (London, UK)
"Paper is beautifully versatile; sometimes we’ll spend hours trying to understand how to make it do exactly what we want it to, but once you’ve worked it out it’s immensely satisfying. The range of prints, textures and finishes it comes in is incredible, and we’re constantly learning just how much it can do. It’s also extremely fragile, so probably our greatest challenge is finding ways to make the pieces we make last."
Makerie Studio is a partnership between Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft, who design and make some of the most elegant three-dimensional paper displays being produced today. The pair’s main inspiration springs from the natural world and its crossover into that of fantasy.
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Patterns are easy, right? Just come up with a nice little design, then copy-and-paste it ad infinitum. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. We decided to reduce the parameters even further – and asked seven creatives who utilise mainly shapes to achieve their desired effect, how the tight discipline involved both constrains and liberates them. It is a lot more complicated than you might think – but the results can be deeply satisfying.
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"There are times when I don’t feel like making anything good, but I’m not so uncomfortable with that. You can just be tired or lost in the process. Step aside, forget the work, there is plenty of great stuff happening around you. The key word here is ‘new’."
"Using nice shapes and nice colours can make a good pattern, but the global composition and balance between colours are the most important things to keep in mind."
"Sometimes I have just have no inspiration at all. At times like that, it is bad idea to push it and try to do something, so I go in search of other interesting occupations. It is always better to relax, read a book, go for a bicycle ride... whatever. Creation shouldn’t be like a kind of suffering, especially when doing commercial projects."
"Working in a studio or agency – in a company that has to maintain staff – it is difficult to avoid the ‘conveyer-belt’ mentality. I love all the stages of creating a concept and then trying to make it work, giving it 100% of my effort. In fact, I became an independent designer to have the freedom to plan my time and tasks in such a way as to fit the most into my working day."
Starting this year, Hui has started working as an independent text-typeface designer this year, dedicated to Chinese fonts, and graphic designer, based in Hong Kong.
"Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many different methods and techniques of working with it, but quilling has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me. I’m still not bored by it, on the contrary I am eager to continue using it and taking into account that it is a very slow and labour-intensive process, this really means that I must have made the right choice."