Mezzaluna Studio is the project of Vikki Wiercinski, a surface designer and graphic artist who is currently based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Coral is the New Grey: New Trends - National Post - Feb 2019
Women In Canadian Design: Vikki Wiercinski - January 2019
Maker of the Year 2017: Vikki Wiercinski - Western Living Magazine • September 2017
Une nouvelle thématique pour la boutique Bref - Index-Design (Montréal) • March 2018
CBC RADIO - Local Designer wins Maker of the Year • Aug 24, 2017
Print and Pattern: Nature Book by Bowie Style – Feb 2017, Lawrence King Publishing
Uppercase Magazine – print issue #32
Papirmass Magazine – Interview with Vikki Wiercinski
About Mezzaluna Studio
Mezzaluna Studio is an expression of the aesthetics of joy. Vikki Wiercinski started her practice in 2006 as a one-woman stationery and housewares line as a sideline to her work as a graphic artist. In 2015, she re-envisioned this creative endeavour as Mezzaluna Studio, with a renewed focus on textile and paper goods with a modern twist. Working with manufacturers, printers, and often her own hands, Vikki translates her unique aesthetic into shapes, colourways and patterns, translating them to beautiful, useful objects for daily living.
Vikki’s work with Mezzaluna Studio has earned broad recognition for its distinctive look and technical skill, with Western Living naming her Designer of the Year in 2017.
As a strong believer in the maker movement, Vikki also co-coordinates one of Canada’s premiere indie craft markets, the Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair. Held twice a year, the Royal Bison is a curated festival of local, unique and limited-run art, craft and design. She also hosts a podcast, Makers Moment, which delves into the world of makers today.
Vikki lives with her photographer/nurse husband, Jim, and their three cats.
Q+A with Vikki Wiercinski
How did you get your start designing patterns?
It was a natural progression from my work as a graphic designer. In my off hours I started playing with colours and shapes and pushing them around on the page. I eventually took one of these pattern drawings to a friend at a t-shirt printing shop and we printed it on to some white fabric. We worked well into the night, and I sold the tea towels at a craft fair the following weekend. I sold out in half a day, and the rest is history.
What are the inspirations behind your design style?
I am forever inspired by natural forms. I want people to feel a sense of joy when they see my pieces, and I work to translate moods into colours and shapes. Nothing brightens up a dark winter morning or night in your house like a pop of colour.
How do you make the leap from idea to finished piece?
I work in abstract shapes so it’s a very intuitive process. I start with sketchbook drawings of new forms and motifs and then I move them onto the computer and play with them until I find a composition I like. At the same I am also working on colour combinations. I have a book of colour notes I keep with colour compositions I come across or think up. The colours are just as important as the shapes, because the shapes are the vehicle for the colours.
How do you keep your work fresh over the years?
My artwork is really unique mostly because I don’t ever think about how to make it fit in. I rarely see work like my own and I’m happy about that: I like running in the wrong direction and I’ve found it tends to pan out!