Get to know the artist behind the curtain

Get to know the artist behind the curtain…Monika Strigel June 17 2014

This week on "Get to know the artist" we are learning more about Monika Strigel. She comes to us from Bavaria, Germany and is a self taught artist, illustrator, photographer and designer. Her broad style is nature inspired and her love of animals does not go unnoticed. We will be adding more work from Monika to Shower Curtain HQ very soon and the pieces we have now are some of our best sellers…

Tell me a little bit about yourself. How long have you been an artist?
I have been working as freelance artist for 4 years now. I started creating and designing as a profession because I thought that life is full of surprises and I wanted to bring my part into the family income.
I noticed you are a photographer as well as an illustrator and a graphic designer - do you have a favorite media?
No, I prefer to use all techniques and to play with all techniques and mix and match them up. I am an Aquarius so always doing the same thing makes me truly unhappy. I must play and change and try to do new things everyday. That is the reason I love being an artist and designer. I am a self taught artist and the good part about that is that I have no limits in doing new things. If I would have learned designing and photography in formal training, I would feel limited in my thoughts. So I am free to do what I can imagine. I would love to do more illustrations, but they take lots of time and I have to be in the right mood. As a mum of two kids and two dogs, I have limited time for drawings. I do them always when we are at holidays. 
What is a goal for you in designing your work?
I love to use bright and shiny colors and I love to bring a sunny and happy feeling to my customers home or into their daily life. My goal is to make my customers smile every time they see my products or my designs.
"Purple Elephant" is one of the best sellers on Shower Curtain HQ - what was your story for that piece?
Most animals in art are drawn as male animals. They are dangerous are looking angry and I want to show
the 'girly side' of the animals. So the Giraffe and the Elephant and the Owl, they all are girls. Also the 
Wolf and the Zebra. I like cute things ... an artist friend once gave me the name "Queen of Cuteness"
You have a very broad style: animals, butterflies, pattern…where do you get your inspiration?
I am mostly inspired by music and when I am outside with my dogs in nature. We are living on the county side in a small town and I spend much of my time in the forest or at the lake.
Any advice for someone wanting to become an artist?
I have learned a lot in the last 4 years becoming an artist. Work hard, work harder and become better with every work you do. Learn new techniques and try difficult things. Be perfect in what you are doing and don't let anyone dull your sparkle. My husband often said in earlier times, "Who will buy this?" (he has strange and different taste) and I was often very disappointed. But I was sure there was an audience for my designs and I am very happy I did not give up. 
Keep checking back for more curtains with Monika's art on them!
Here are other places you can find Monika

Get to know the artist behind the curtain…Sascalia May 19 2014

Currently there are 13 different works of art from Sascalia on Shower Curtain HQ. She is one of my favorite artists since starting this business. Her bright colorful style is so eye catching and unique. Her "Purple Tree" is one of my best sellers. I was so happy to she agreed to answer a few questions so we could all get to know her better… 


I absolutely love your style and I am so impressed that you are self taught. Have you been painting and drawing your entire life?
I always loved drawing as a child and studied art and textiles at secondary school but then moved on to other interests so it wasn't until much later after my youngest child started school that I took up art again and rediscovered it.
Is your ETSY shop a business you can work on full time or do you also have a "day-job?"
I work full time as an artist selling my art online mainly on Etsy and Folksy and through licensing.
You have a lot of pieces with trees and flowers. Do you paint from a pictures or still-life? 
I love nature and trees and flowers are a big inspiration. I draw, paint and collage and build the pieces as I go along starting from an idea or with a certain colour scheme in mind. 
As a mother of 2 little girls, I imagine your art decorates little girl's rooms around the world. Why do you think you have the whimsical storybook look that you do?
I always loved fairytales as a child and still do to this day. I loved listening to them as a child and looking at the magical illustrations that accompanied them.
What did you do before your ETSY shop?
After finishing school, I worked as a child minder looking after young children and then not long after that I had my own three children. When my eldest became old enough to start school, I picked up my interest in art agan and set up my etsy shop and things quickly grew from there.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration for me comes from many different places, nature is my biggest inspiration. Fairytales, old children book illustrations, art and music inspires me too as well as my love of colour and pattern.
What is a typical day look like for you?
The day starts with getting the children to school and then most days I am then busy in my home studio with online orders making and packing orders. When I am lucky enough to have some time left before the children get back from school then I will grab the chance to grab my sketch book and start work on a new piece of art. Starting by sketching out an idea and then building colour and texture to it and bringing it to life.
Any advice you would give to someone who love to draw and paint and make a business out of it?
Go for it because you never know where it might take you. I had no idea the journey as was about to go on when I started and if I had known I would have been shocked! What started out as a way to earn some extra money working from home quickly became a full time occupation! Art has given me the opportunity to meet and work with many different people from all around the world.
Check out her web site here