A user interface designer by day and artist/photographer by night Mareike Böhmer’s artworks are comprised of a mosaic of colors, textures and photography. Deriving her inspirations from nature, Scandinavian art styles or the urban street art of Berlin, she transforms everyday scenes into prisms spreading color throughout her graphic patterns.
KESS InHouse: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an artist?
Mareike Boehmer: I’m Mareike Boehmer. I got my start during an internship I took at a small design company. It started with learning Photoshop, followed by the other design programs. Photography awoke the sleeping giant that was my creativity. Around that time, I had just bought a new camera and started taking more photographs. I learned a lot about photography and fell in love with it. It became my second passion next to graphics.
KI: What is it about your craft that you admire and love so much?
MB: I have two loves: graphics and photography. I love being outside with my camera. Surrounding myself in nature, taking photographs, is king of like a form of meditation for me. It’s very therapeutic. It’s a similar experience when it comes to graphic design. I’ve been experimenting with watercolors, acrylic, and doodling.
KI: What inspires you?
MB: Many things inspire me. Nature has a big influence on my work. Researching interior design blogs and traveling to new places really inspire me. The combination of colors and shapes used in Scandinavian design is something I really gravitate towards.
KI: What was your initial reaction when you saw one of your pieces translated into one of the home decor products the KESS offers?
MB: It was an amazing feeling! I wish I could cover our whole apartment in it. I think my abstract graphics fit perfectly to textiles and interior products. It’s crazy to think that there are people all around the world with a piece of me in their homes. I’m very grateful for that.
KI: What is your favorite thing about being a part of the KESS InHouse network of Artists?
MB: My favorite thing about being a part of the KESS Artist Network is getting to know the artists. Seeing how they work and what influences them actually inspires me in return.
KI: Would you recommend KESS InHouse to other artists that you know?
MB: Sure! I would absolutely recommend KESS InHouse to other artists.