Julia Lederer aka Monochrome Unicorn makes analog collages from her apartment in Berlin, Germany. Much like her living space, personal style and general aesthetic, her work is often stylized in a minimal, fashion conscious direction. That's not to say it doesn't take risks in its dissection and unique reformation of images.
The work uses negative space efficiently and effectively, no doubt an extension of her day job as an art director - a role that often involves convincing designers that sometimes less is more. Julia also practices Muay Thai boxing, so no doubt she's as handy with her fists as she is wielding a glue stick or a pair scissors.
I caught up with Julia during the week to find out more about the disciplined creator of these original and visually striking works of art.
Describe a typical day for you
Waking up, Coffee, going for a run and than going to work. After work I’ll do some Muay Thai and in the evening I’ll dig into the paper scraps and work on collages and find some peace.
When did you start collaging?
I started 7 years ago.
How do you overcome a creative block?
I’ll try do do something else. Read a good book, watch a movie, listen to music… I feel like there are so many different kinds of art you can find in almost anything someone does with passion. Just take a break and trust the process - it always comes back to you when you don’t expect it!
When was the last time you cried and why?
Listening to "Baby Blue" by Deafheaven - its a major flashback song and just so perfectly melancholically beautiful in itself.
Share with us a collaging trick that makes workflow more efficient
The more space I have the better. If I can see all the pieces, colors and scraps at once I get new ideas on combining things I never would have thought of. That is when collage just happens. I normally start on the table and often end up using the whole floor of a room.
What is the last thing you purchased that brings you happiness but you really didn't need?
A bottle of Lagavulin Whiskey. Was never a big Whiskey fan but if you taste it there are so many flavors and different notes to it - this is also art.
You grab for a record/cd/playlist to soundtrack your creative activities - what's the first thing you reach for?
Always mixing everything up. Music is such a deep medium to express feelings and I get very inspired by all the different styles. Tho an all time favorite might be "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles.
What's one piece of advice you would give a younger artist who is struggling to find their artistic voice?
Never give up. It takes time, patience and experience. Stay on it and you will find what you are looking for.
Have you ever had a nickname? If so, what was/is it?
No. Just all kinds of variations of my name