INTERVIEW WITH MARIANNE ERIKSEN SCOTT-HANSEN
What is creativity to you?
The beginning and the end of the Universe. Simple as that!
How do you manage to stay both personal and original in your creative endeavors?
“Personal” IS inherently “original” - the less I look towards what other designers and artists might be creating and instead focus on MY personal ideas - the more original and relevant those ideas become - even to a wider audience.
I think that we ought to be paying more attention to our own “businesses” rather than just striving to imitate other people’s creativity or even lives. Be happy about one self - we are all original, but at the end of the day, we are still SO much alike as human beings.
How did you get into what you do creatively?
By coincidence. My background is fashion design, but I swapped the textiles for paper but kept on cutting “stuff” to pieces and putting it all back together again. Way back, it would be a jersey t-shirt - now it’s a paper flower or a mask..
Do you ever create hidden meanings or messages in your work?
I have - and in order to keep them hidden, I’ll remain silent on this matter - but I will reveal one thing: those hidden messages (of which some are symbols) all have one sole purpose, which is to empower the spirit of my work and be-gift the owner.
Do you pay attention to others’ strong reactions to your work?
Yes - a lot of my work is commissioned by individual clients. My most important mission is to pass on good positive spirits to the new owners. It seems to have an effect - at least I believe it has. My mission is honestly a quite banal one: I simply wish to spread a good, positive energy. I add a lot of love to every single piece of my work and hope for the best.