Mezzaluna Tea Towel
Mezzaluna Studio is the project of Vikki Wiercinski, a surface designer and graphic artist who shares her time between the Canadian cities of Edmonton and Montréal.
Vikki started her practice in 2006 as a one-woman stationery and housewares line as a sideline to her work as a graphic artist. In 2015, she re-envisioned this creative endeavour as Mezzaluna Studio, with a renewed focus on textile and paper goods with a mid century modern twist. In contrast to the digital world of graphic design, the products of Mezzaluna Studio are lo-fi, most often created with brushes and pens. Working with manufacturers, printers, and often her own hands, Vikki then translates her work into unique and beautiful, useful objects for daily living.
The products of Mezzaluna Studio are a celebration of creativity and colour, complex creations made of intricate patterns, swirling shapes, hand-drawn typography and surprisingly perfect colour combinations. Vikki’s work with Mezzaluna Studio has earned broad recognition for its distinctive look and technical skill, each piece creating a spot of brightness and beauty wherever it goes.
As a strong believer in the maker movement, Vikki also coordinates one of Canada’s premiere arts markets, the Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair. Held twice a year, the Royal Bison is a curated festival of local, unique and limited-run art and craft, which has featured work by some of the country’s foremost artists and creators, including Concrete Cat, Raymond Biesinger and Malorie Urbanovitch. Vikki lives with her photographer husband, Jim, and their three cats.
Q+A WITH VIKKI WIERCINSKI
How did you get your start designing patterns?
It was a natural progression from my work as a graphic designer. In my off hours I started playing with colours and shapes and pushing them around on the page. I eventually took one of these pattern drawings to a friend at a tshirt printing shop and we printed it on to some white tea towels. We worked well into the night, and I sold the tea towels at craft fair the following weekend. I sold out in half a day, and the rest is history.
What are the inspirations behind your design style?
I am forever inspired by natural forms. I want people to feel a sense of joy when they see my pieces, and I work to translate moods into colours and shapes. Nothing brightens up a dark winter morning or night in your house like a pop of colour.
How do you make the leap from idea to finished piece?
I work in abstract shapes so it’s a very intuitive process. I start with sketchbook drawings of new forms and motifs and then I move them onto the computer and play with them until I find a composition I like. At the same I am also working on colour combinations. I have a book of colour notes I keep with colour compositions I come across or think up. The colours are just as important as the shapes, because the shapes are the vehicle for the colours.
How do you keep your work fresh over the years?
I believe that my artwork is really unique mostly because I don’t ever think about how to make it fit in. I rarely see work like my own and I’m happy about that: I like running in the wrong direction and I’ve found it tends to pan out!