Good questions for good people: Meet Mira!
Meet Mira The illustrator behind the Moment de Vie tee.
Where would we have found you as a child? Doing what?
I grew up on the coast in Western Australia, with salt in my hair and sand between my toes. As a child, I was reserved and introspective. I was often found in the garden or collecting tiny treasures discovered on the beach. I was wrapped up in my own world, observing and exploring the beauty of the natural world.
Describe a day in your life as an illustrator…
Mornings are sweet, my husband and I are advocates for early starts, big breakfasts and good coffee (we are Australian after all). To begin the day slowly and together is something that helps us to feel grounded in the busyness of the day.
I am a graphic designer by trade based in Vienna, Austria, so every day and every job looks different. Some days I am getting into the backend of developing a website and others designing packaging for a speciality café or illustrating a children’s book.
I usually try to wrap most days up around 5pm, spending the evening with a grounding practice; yoga, painting, clay work, or simply a walk in the park. Cooking food that is enriching and delicious is something I really value. I think the richest things in life come together around the table, my husband and I Iove having people in our home and cooking for and with them.
What is it in what you do that fuels you the most?
My ultimate rhythm, my heartbeat, is to see and express the subtleties of feeling, to see clearly that which is felt vaguely. I think my whole life I have been chasing after beauty and simplicity.
What's your dream project?
What an exciting and difficult question! I would love to continue working with businesses and individuals who work to engage with the world in positive, sustainable ways.
What's the most important lesson your work has taught you?
The nature of this work is partial uncertainty, I never know where my next client will come from or when they will appear in my inbox. There is only so much I can control. Some seasons are full and abundant, others are a little slower and quieter. I think I have come to understand that this is normal and an important part of the creative process. A big lesson I have grown into is trusting that there will always be more. There is a resilience in taking time to breathe in the face of uncertainty to see what comes forward in that time and allow that to unfold.
What advice would you give to someone who aspires to be an illustrator ?
My advice to anyone who aspires to be an illustrator is to simply begin. Dive into it. To learn to see the grey, the opportunity. If something doesn’t work out the way you initially thought, it doesn’t mean that it is set in stone or black and white. There will be an opportunity and a lesson if you choose to see it, you just have to allow yourself the space to see what unfolds.Get in touch with Mira,