Today I would like to introduce you to an emerging textile designer from Greece. Her name is Magdalini Kleio Eftaxiopoulou and she started her business with a brand name M.K.E just over a year ago after finishing her studies in textiles.
M.K.E. designs are a beautiful combination of architectural shapes and abstract watercolour marks that come together to create stationery products, fashion and interior accessories. These items are a playful interaction between unrestrained colours and structured patterns. If you look closely you might find some interesting textures and small details within the digital artworks.
And now meet the maker:
What do we need to know about you?
My name is Magdalini Kleio Eftaxiopoulou and I am a freelance Textile designer based in Athens, Greece. I am a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art | University of Edinburgh and after my studies I decided to return back to my country to set up my own studio and create my own brand name M.K.E.
What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?
Architecture, the geometric forms, the texture, the colours of Greece and my travels are the basis of my work and therefore my designs. I love the fact that through my work people can touch the fabric and feel different things.
Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part of it?
I usually work all my designs with just a pencil, a pen and a paper. I basically use trace paper so I can layer my designs to get different combinations. All the designs are Black and White in the beginning. I then scan them on the computer and I start working on Photoshop where I add the colour. Sometimes I combine my designs with personal photographic material that I have collected through my research in order to get different effects.
Lately I have started using different brushes to make some watercolour drawings where I mostly use them as backgrounds on my prints.
How does your work space look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?
I have set up my work space on the top floor of my house. The space is surrounded by big windows and too balconies which let the sun and warm to come in easily. This lets me see and work better in the space as I have a lot of natural light. I use two desks where on the one I have my laptop and some of my materials and on the other I draw and paint. Most of my work is collected on boxes. The thing I like is that I have a space within the house which is really helpful.
Describe your typical day.
Most of my days are spent either drawing or working on Photoshop. Some days are spent through meetings, or sending emails. But when I am at the studio I usually have something to drink and also music is always on as it helps me to concentrate on my work. As I am not a morning person I usually work on the evenings and nights where the space is more quiet and peaceful.
Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers
I would say that new artists and designers should be always positive and they should believe in their dreams. They will face a lot of difficulties but they should set up goals and after some failures the success will come.
All the images used in this post are the property of Magdalini Kleio Eftaxiopoulou.