This week I have the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Michele Maule. I'm sure many of you know Michele's work already. I don't think I'll ever look at a typewriter in quite the same way after seeing how she captures them in her lovely paintings. Michele is a fellow Michigander (at least for another week or so), yet, for the small distance that separates us, I'm embarassed that we've never actually met in person. Sadly, Michigan must bid adieu to Michele, as she is moving back to her native Portland, OR in short order. Personally, I'm sort of moving vicariously through her...but enough about me. Let's find out more about Michele!
How did you start your business? Do you make your living as an artist?
Well, I moved to Michigan from Oregon because my partner was accepted into a great graduate program for painting at Cranbrook academy of art. I came with him feeling pretty confident that I would be able to find a job doing something. I job hunted for several months and wasn't able to find anything! While I was looking for a job I also started to post some new things in my Etsy shop, hoping I could make a little money while I was looking for work. It took a little time, and lots of learning, but eventually I came to conclusion that if I kept up with my Etsy shop, I wouldn't have to keep looking for work. It was really exciting, and scary, but so far so good!
I know you're moving (SOON!). What’s your studio like now? What will it look like in Portland?
Right now my studio is my apartment. We had a living room when we first moved in, but now it's a full on office/studio. I had an easel that I painted at, but there just wasn't room for it. So, I do a lot of painting, and drawing, at my desk. There is a small corner of our bedroom that I keep my small etching press, and I use my kitchen for most of my encaustic work. I am really excited about my studio situation when I move back home. A friend of mine from Portland State started an artist collective in a warehouse very close to downtown. There was an opening for a studio space, and since I was first on the waiting list, I got it! I am really looking forward to having a studio again. Especially a space that I will be sharing with some really fantastic artists.
At what time of the day (or night) are you most creative?
I work best through out the day. I've never been much of a night person. I think my brain kind of starts to shut down after about 8pm.
Any new art/craft would you'd love to learn?
I started to learn screen printing this last summer. I get the basics of it, and have been successful on several prints, but I really wish there was more time in the day for it. I'd love to learn more!
I imagine that you're inspired by what's around you. Any hints on what new subjects we might see after the big move to Portland?
I am really excited about this area of my work, and I wish I could tell you! I have no idea what's in store with my work when I move back. I'm looking forward to it, though!
When you were younger, who did you dream of being?
When I was four I wanted to be Wonder Woman. as I got older I thought of being a teacher, or a veterinarian.
You're heading out the door. Name five things in your handbag.
My phone, chapstick, Bach's Rescue Remedy, a combination lock, and my wallet.
We all could use a little pampering now and then. Name a guilty pleasure.
You have such a cheerful disposition. I imagine you really hamming it up on stage. What’s your favorite karaoke tune?
Anything Joan Jett!
If a film were made about your life, what actor would you choose to play you? Who would be your love interest?
Oh I love this question!! Um....a young John Cusack would definitely be my love interest, and a young Diane Keaton to play me.
Michele, you are so sweet to indulge me with this interview at what I know is a very busy time for you! Good luck with the move--I'm excited to see what will come of it!
Wanna make Michele's move a bit easier? Head on over to her marvelous etsy shop and take advantage of her MOVING SALE!