Mie Frey Damgaard is a designer, illustrator and visual storyteller with an interest in details and disparities of our everyday life, habits and relations. She uses everything she sees and meets as an ongoing source of inspiration. People, their actions and emotions, never stops to surprise and inspire her.
In 2010 she graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven and also holds a BA from Kolding School of Design, 2006.
Today Mie is based in Copenhagen where she works as an illustrator, children’s book author and on her own artistic projects.
Conversation with Mie Frey Damgaard
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I am from Denmark and I live in Copenhagen. Just next to the meatpacking where ArtRebels is located.
When did you become an artist and what was your first project?
That is a difficult question to answer. I obviously have not always been a professional but it has always been a passion of mine. Even though I graduated in 2010 and started my own business in 2011 I feel like I've been working with arts forever. The first project I started selling as an art print was the mood illustrations from 2012. That is also the first project I started selling on the ArtRebels web shop.
Did you study art in school, if so where?
I've been studying creative fields for more than 9 years in a couple different countries, In 2010 I graduated from the master programme at Design Academy Eindhoven. I also hold a Bachelor from Designskolen Kolding where I did a semester at Elisava Escola superior de Disseny in Barcelona.
What inspires you? Any particular artists?
My main source of inspiration is details of everyday life and the magic and peculiarities that lies in different situations herein. I also listen a lot to fictional audiobooks while working. It is not a direct source of inspiration but it is a part of my process and has a very productive and meditative effect on me. This state of mind is very inspiring for me to be in.
I don’t have a specific artist that I am always up-to-date with. But if I have to mention some artists that have been inspiring to me, Bill Viola is one and Sara Illenberger is another.
What are some of the ideas behind your work?
I work alot with the concept of telling a story. There is almost always a story in everything I do. Sometimes it is a short story that can be processed into a piece or a series of pieces. Other times the work is a book, and in these cases the story is being told in a very classical sense.
The process of making a piece can also be a story in itself. This is often the case with my 3 dimensional works.