Meet the Maker: MC drawn

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Hi Miranda, tell us a little about MC drawn…

My MC drawn collection blends traditional illustration techniques with contemporary flavours. It’s a somewhat personal offering from hours accumulated within sketchbooks.

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Why and how did you get started?

Leading up to releasing an illustrated collection I was keeping an online blog of sketches. I was going through a transition where I wasn’t satisfied solely creating computer generated design work and wanted to return to my analogue roots.

Deciding I needed more of a change I freelanced as a designer for a while and during this time really pushed my own personal work. It was hard work but also very satisfying. I learnt so much, on a personal and professional note, balancing my own businesses and found myself connecting with a broader community.

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How did you learn your craft?

Without trying to be cliché about it, drawing has been a constant throughout my life. Along the way I picked up new techniques while exploring various mediums. Although I am a trained graphic designer I would say my greatest learning has come from regular unaided practice.

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How did you come up with your business name?

I am terrible with names. I decided to keep it fairly to the point ‘MC’ being my initials tacked onto the word ‘drawn’ (which I don’t think I need to explain.)

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What did you want to be when you were a child?

Like most children I pondered many occupations – a teacher, a vet… but ultimately I was always most at peace making things. I don’t think I realised or had the aim of this being a pursuit. It was more a need which had to be fulfilled.

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What’s the hardest thing about running your creative business?

Behind the scenes there’s a constant juggle to run and market a creative business. As much as one would just like to create there’s a lot of administrative work that needs to be attended. Time can be very short. Falling into creative lulls, usually after a busy period, can be difficult to climb out of.

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Who or what inspires you?

My inspiration is usually fairly close to home. Sometimes it can be an everyday object that inspires me, the desire to work with a colour, or seeing a cat run down the street.

I have a bookshelf brimming with various visual books as well as good DVD collection containing various docos of artists and musicians. I enjoy hearing other creatives discuss their inspiration and back story.

Collaborations also inspire me. One such inspiration is Melbourne based writer Jessica Knight whom I am fortunate to work with on numerous zines. It’s a wonderful process sharing work in such a way.

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Tell us about your work space…

Largely my workspace is my home. I keep a small basic desk as my drawing space. It’s often far more cluttered than it should be. I like to surround myself with plants, artworks from other people (often who
I am fortunate to have met), books and have music playing. I like being surrounded by things which are personal, and meaningful to me.

Sometimes, when the weather is warmer, I’ll take my sketchbooks with me and just sit somewhere and sketch. I am lucky that my creative work can travel, I don’t have to be tied to a desk.

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Where can we find MC drawn illustrations, brooches, gift cards & accessories?

Currently my pieces can be found in a few stores in Melbourne including The Make it Collective. Jessica and I also tend to pop up at zine fairs. Otherwise I can be found online at www.mcdrawn.com (more stockist information, upcoming events available there too), as well as Instagram.

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What do you love about being part of The Make It Collective community?

I really love meeting the other makers. It’s uplifting, motivating and supportive meeting creatives who are pushing their own boundaries.

Follow MC drawn…

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Website: www.mcdrawn.com
Facebook: @McDrawn
Instagram: mcdrawn