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!
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!