Carolina Melis is an Italian born designer and weaver of rugs and fine hand made textiles, inspired by traditional motifs. Carolina was originally a trained dancer and choreographer, then worked as a director of TV commercials all over the world. However in 2010, she fell in love with the world of textiles, in particular Sardinia patterns and crafts. This ultimately led to the formation of her brand Mio Karo, a project that creates hand made rugs and fine textiles in Sardinia. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Carolina Melis.
Image Credit: 1) Hygge and West 2) Lindsey Adelman 3) Kinnasand 4) Lex Pott 5) Mutina Tiles
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I’m very intrigued by strong motifs and repeats. My textiles are inspired by patterns I’ve grown up with. My style is inspired by Scandinavian solid shapes and minimalism and the traditional motifs from my Sardinia.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Usually I start from from a very chore symbol or motifs and I play with it.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Eugenio Tavolara. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to work with him as he lived before my time. My work has been highly influenced by his philosophy and aesthetic sense. Artist and designer, he was a pioneer in collaborating with local artisans from Sardinia.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Nothing, literally. Some people are more productive when they work under pressure, I’m not one of those. In fact spending time in front of a computer searching for the Eureka moment is the least inspiring thing I can do.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Courage. I didn’t train as textile designer, yet after many years in advertising I wanted to do something that involved one of the most noble craft of all: weaving. Designing the first rugs wasn’t easy at all and I had to question myself constantly about my motivation and ambition. There is a quote I love “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”– Paulo Coelho
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