This week’s featured artist is Hanna Melin, an amazing artist who was formally trained at the Royal College of Art, London. She creates cute pieces that are modern, minimalistic and great for any room. Read about how her style has changed since throughout the years and her wonderful children below.
BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!
Hanna: Engaging, humorous, characterful and decorative everyday!
BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!
Hanna: Grayson Perry. I like his fun combined with seriousness.
BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?
Hanna: I studied Foundation Art and Design Kent, BA Illustration Brighton, Master of Communication Royal College of Art London.
BBP: When did you start designing/creating? Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?
Hanna: I have always been drawing, knitting and making things with my mum and grandmother as early as I can remember.
After moving to the UK I realized you can make a career out of art and started studying.
BBP: How has your style changed since you started?
Hanna: In the beginning it was more free, more inspiration taken from myself and my thoughts and experiences. Now it is more commercial as you have to be when you are working for clients, a bit more strict.
Also after having children, a lot of my personal work is aimed towards kids and their parents. A lot softer and easier approached to life, then in the beginning when a lot of my stuff was rather dark.
BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Hanna: One of my favorite places is Louisiana Art museum, Copenhagen Denmark. It is located by the beach and the architecture is stunning.
I am also a big fan of Portland, Oregon.
BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?
Hanna: In my studio in my house. I like working on my own, just listening to music and creating.
BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
Hanna: I have two boys, Carl 3.5 and Alfred 10 months.
BBP: If you asked them to describe your art, what would they say about it?
Hanna: A lot of my art I have done with Carl in mind, so he likes all the tractors, boats, ice cream, and monsters.
When asked what I do, he says: “Mum sit in front of the computer…”
BBP: How are their rooms decorated?
Hanna: They are not very “kiddy” like, Carl has two big posters; a spaceship and the evolution of the Dinosaurs, then white walls, and a big bed with a green roof. Alfred has a big poster of a Nutella Jar and curtains with the world map. And all of their toys…
BBP: What are they into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?
Hanna: I have been role playing burglar and police for our whole summer holiday, alternating with Duplo.
BBP: Do you have any pets?
BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?
Hanna: No, but my mum encouraged my sister and me to draw and make things with our hands all the time
BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?
Hanna: Drawing, Clay, embroidery…
BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?
Hanna: My friend and I, I think we were around 5 years old, set up stall on our road selling hare poo we collected in the forest. Not a roaring trade.
BBP: What did your room look like growing up?
Hanna: I was a huge fan of Samantha Fox, an English kind of half naked pop lady, and had my walls wallpapered with her posters. Not many of them with her wearing clothes…But I just thought she was really good!
Pink walls, loved to move my furniture around and rearrange my posters.
BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?
BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Hanna: Milk Chocolate
BBP: Sunglasses or hats?
BBP: Sweet or savory?
BBP: Dogs or cats?
Check out more of her artwork here!