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Sonja MellaertsFur rugs & home accessories

Ever since I was young I knew that I wanted to work with textiles. My mother was seamstress and made the most beautiful wedding dresses and prototypes for up and coming designers in her time, such as Ann Demeulemeester. I would find myself helping her and collecting unused pieces of fabric that I then used to create something myself. My passion and love for textiles and fashion was born! A personally difficult time in my life a few years ago made me re-evaluate life and change direction as it is just too short.. So I followed my passion. Cliché but true! 

I design and make, from start to finish, unique design pieces made from wool, in combination with other beautiful, qualitative fabrics under the brand name MdMN. I also make felt art pieces that are sound-absorbing, interesting to look at and inviting to touch. Felt is perceived as dated and unfashionable, and I wish to change that through my creations. 

I am greatly inspired by nature, especially the sea. It is remarkable how every day shapes, forms and colours can inspire and energize a person. However a visit to a museum or browsing through (art) books and old magazines can also fill me with ideas. It makes me want to get straight into creating! 

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How much time do you spend on your craft?

Too little if you ask me. I am always itching to keep going! 

Which (creative) Belgian do you admire?

Dries Van Noten obviously!

Which historical figure would you have liked to have been?

Gabrielle Chanel, a fiesty, daring woman. Her love for traditional techniques, innovative designs and sense of style make her timeless. 

What is your big dream?

Health and happiness to everyone I hold dear.

If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?

I struggle with making choices and have so many interests and passions - painting, costume design, landscaping.. However if I had to choose one, it would be textile art curator. 

Tell us something that typifies you but that we do not already know...

I do not like being the centre of attention. I leave that to others!

"The power of simplicity. Less is more."

Posted at 10/06/2019
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