Marie Willumsen is a graphic designer and illustrator from Copenhagen. She started out by working as an illustrator and graphic designer and later on she began to make analog collages that quickly turned into production. Whether she works on a collage or illustration, one of her goals is to find the ideal color combination and the perfect contrast.
Conversation with Marie Willumsen
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I am from Copenhagen, Denmark. And still live here.
When did you become an artist and what was your first project?
I have worked as a professionel graphic designer and illustrator since 2011 and at one point I started making collages that I sold to my friends and selected design shops. The collages were shaped as diamonds and were build up by different kinds of paper and textures. All by hand. From there on I started to put some of my collages into production.
Did you study art in school, if so where?
Yes, I studied art, design and visuel communication at the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design, in Copenhagen.
What inspires you? Any particular artists?
To travel and look at art, architecture and nature inspires me a lot in my work.
Evren Tekinoktay and Tal R's collage style and palets. Poul Gerne’s shapes and color combinations. Hannah Höch's tight and frisky collage style. Olafur Eliasson’s material choices. Krass Clement's grey universe. Hilma af Klint’s colors and shapes.
What are some of the ideas behind your work?
To combine contrasts. Contrasts between soft and hard, sharp and round, ugly and pretty. An illustration or collage should always be built up by contrasts - no matter how simple it is. Also to find the perfect color combination is always a goal in my work.