Presenting: By Malevik
The passion of the beauty of nature is a common theme for By Malevik. She started out as a researcher in biology, but now she makes nature come to life in her illustrations and kitchen products instead. Read her full story below.
5 questions for By Malevik
Tell us about your background!
I have always been fascinated by animals and in some way animals have always been part of my work. I have a PhD in Biology and did research for many years. When I got the opportunity to change direction I took it and started my own company and brand- By Malevik. The love for the visual have always been there and it was not strange for me to move on from research to graphic illustrations, it is just another way to portray the beauty of nature.
What’s the story behind your brand?
After a project ended at the my old job I stood there not knowing what to do, should I continue doing research or take the chance and change direction? At the same time we were in the middle of renovating our house and I spend hours looking for the right wall paper. All these hours looking at patterns reminded me of my love of drawing and it came in the right time. To the surprise to many people around me I decided to take the chance and start my own business as a designer- to work in a more creative environment. I wanted to design patterns that combines my love for nature and design.
What inspires you to create?
Everything- I see colors and patterns everywhere- water drops on a window or a tiny little bug. My phone is full with pictures of things that inspires me. I also get inspired from meetings, I love spend time with creative peoples no matter what their area of interest is, their passion inspires me.
I am also driven by challenges, to see what I can accomplish. I have so many ideas in my head and to be able to design something that other people, not only me, appreciate is the coolest feeling in the world and that inspires me to continue.
What made you decide to start your own company, and what do you like most about it?
I wanted to control my own future and decide what I want to do and focus on. I love the freedom and also to be able to do what I love the most- making patterns.
What are your plans and dreams for the future?
I want my business to continue to grow, design new patterns but also find new materials and products.
I also want to continue develop my workshops in Illustrator and show more people how to create digitally- it is the best feeling when you give someone the tools so they are able to start to their own journey!