Meet Our Curiosity Illustrator: Oelwein
It has been a tradition at CreativeMornings to work with an artist in our community to create an illustration for the monthly theme.
The global theme for February is Curiosity.
While the artwork speaks for itself, we wanted to get to know the artist on a personal level and introduce them to the creative community. We’re delighted to introduce you to…
Meet Oelwein Parisien
Séverine Monsonégo, aka Oelwein, is a French illustrator and graphic designer graduated of Les Arts Décoratifs. Her work explores many fields like graphics, textile, objects, global branding … and could be a little bit pattern obsessed. She is also the designer of the gift and stationary line Oelwein. She likes: The smell of ink, screen printing, paper, printer’s shop Spring, sunny days, plants everywhere and tattoos, traveling, sailing, crossing the Seine in Paris and walking barefoot.
How did you get into illustration work?
I’ve been doing things with my hands since I was a little girl. Not just drawing, but origami, jewels and all kinds of crafts. Creation has always been part of my life.
At what point in your life did you realize that illustration was your calling?
Drawing in the back of the auditorium in law school, I realized I didn’t want to be stuck in boring job for the rest of my life. I left and started art studies. I have never regretted it!
How has your work evolved over time and what were some influences that caused it?
I started to work as a graphic designer in advertising and fashion agencies then 5 years ago I decided to become freelancer. In the same time I created my brand, Oelwein, as my creative playground. This freedom slowly took me to illustration, which is the funniest part of my job today.
What advice would you give to fellow illustrators?
Do not compare yourself to others and do your thing.
Why is curiosity important to you? How does it play a role in your creativity and life?
Curiosity is a real driver in my life!
That’s how I’ve been living in 3 countries in the last 3 years, together with my Swedish boyfriend I met in Paris thanks to Italian friends. I love new experiences!
In my work it’s the same; I don’t like to do the same thing again and again. I’m always excited to work on a new project, that’s what makes me progress.
What are some ways you embrace and exercise curiosity?
I try to stay open to what’s going on around me and keep my 5 senses awake, listen, watch, taste, touch, and smell.
I rarely say no when someone propose me to do something new, like meeting someone, going for a hike, visiting a country, a museum, trying a new restaurant … And I listen to a lot of podcasts on all kinds of different topics.
Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.
My first official painting is a pony, it’s hanging on the wall in my parents toilets.