Maricor/Maricar, Embroidery Illustrators & Animation Directors.

We're a little bit in love with Maricor/Maricar. They are slashies (and you know how we love them) who work in embroidery illustration, animation and design. Their work is both bold and utterly delightful. We love hearing about how it all comes together and what inspires them. 

What do you do?

We’re a bit of everything, embroidery illustrators, animation directors and designers.

Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?

We seem to surround ourselves with a lot of mottos. One of my favourites is “Cheer up it might not happen” from Eddie (Absolutely Fabulous). It seems like an anti motto, but for worriers like us it’s a good reminder to just stop worrying. Otherwise “Shut up I’m dreaming”.

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

2006: coming back from an overseas holiday to find out I had been fired from my less than satisfying job. I needed to leave that job and find something I was more passionate about, I just needed a push.

2009: coming back from another overseas trip and quitting our full-time graphic design jobs to start Maricor/Maricar.

2011: living and working in the UK after winning a British Council grant. It was the start of us taking embroidery illustration more seriously as a career.

What is your dream project?

Collaborating with textiles/fashion clients to create bespoke fabrics, soft furnishings and clothing.

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

We’ve created graphics for a major department store that should roll out in the next few months, as well as designing textiles for an Australian fashion brand which will be released in the summer.

If you could choose to hear any female contemporary present at Make Nice, who would it be and why?

We really admire Sarah Illenberger (prop designer) and her visual wit. We’d love to hear her talk about how she conceptualises her projects.

What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?

Getting through this American Life archive and the very funny David Sedaris. I’m also super excited that Broad City is starting up again.

What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?

In general I’d like to see less unpaid overtime. Female representation in senior roles could be improved as well.  

What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?

You’ve got to believe in what you do otherwise no one else will. I’m not sure if it’s a generational thing or just something particular to the group of friends we graduated from uni with, but we all seem to second guess ourselves a lot, be very self-deprecating or else suffer from imposter syndrome.

It can be helpful at times in motivating us to evaluate what we’re doing and push ourselves creatively, but on the flip-side it can creatively cripple you if you listen to the doubt too much. You have to believe in the value of what you do.

Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?

Yes, we graduated amongst a very inspiring group of females and have since worked with many strong female designers.

How can we find our more about your work?

Instagram: @maricormaricar