Mariejoe Raidy, print creative director and business woman, is known for multi-tasking creativity and social entrepreneurship. The print jobs she produces with Raidy Printing Group are each very unique, with one thing in common: quality printing and eco-friendliness. The Photography work she was first known for (before joining the printing world), is also very diverse, with one thing in common: the image decapitation and collages that give a new dimension to each subject. Yet when it comes to Mixed Media Illustrations, we notice they are very focused on Portraits and have one Style all across. So why this lack of subject and medium diversity only when it comes to paintings? Here is a short conference call conducted with MJR.
WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
“The Book was an experimental project I worked on for my thesis. Through it I tried to combine text and images to form one entity. The illustrations in this book work as text, and show an evolution of shapes, colors and emotions, mainly through portraiture. My intention was never to publish this book, but to play around with it, as I was always fascinated by what paper and ink can do.”
WHY ONLY PORTRAITS?
“Faces are very expressive, I personally don’t find it surprising as every expression tells a new and different story, and portrays different emotions. I actually challenged myself to express so much in something so small and so limited. I was fascinated by how much a face, an eye, a smile can tell about a person, his/her story and feelings. This is where it all started, and the more I created, the more it kept evolving into new dimensions. Portraits are political, musical, artistic, emotional, fun, serious, to name a few. Faces are the essence of everything else around us. And without faces, we wouldn’t be able to see, hear, smell, taste or touch what surrounds us.”
WHERE CAN WE GET A COPY OF THE BOOK?
The book was only released it in 5 copies, and is no longer available. Some of the artworks in it are available today, in Limited Prints Each. You can find them on my website [www.mariejoeraidy.com].
WHY JOIN THE BUSINESS WORLD?
“I found myself in the business world, and love to work with people. The unique energy each client brings, and working in teams, is a different form of professional creativity to me. We all work together for the same goal, with one same vision, always aiming to get the best outcome while being as socially conscious as possible. Art lies in everything we do, and as much as I like to spend time alone, I, as most people, breath through others and grow with them. Together we all make one better person.”
YOUR BOOK WON AWARDS. WHY NOT MAKE IT PUBLIC?
“The book is a graphic novel, and images are the main element in it. If it got awarded, it is for the images and medium used, not the text. The paper choice texture and color, the ink density, and how the illustrations were combined in print, made it win. The book itself, was work in progress, it was more of a playground for these images. It was never finished. This is why images are available today, but the publication is not.”
WHAT IS NEXT?
“A book I am currently working on, that will actually be published on a much larger scale this time. In this book you will have no images, yet the text works as images. So in my first experimental unpublished book “images worked as text” and in this new totally different one, “text works as images”. Even if it has no image in it, it is actually very visual.”
WHY DIFFERENT? WHAT IS THE NEW BOOK ABOUT?
“hmm… Business :)”
WHEN IS ITS RELEASE DATE?
“The release date will be set in April, but most probably end of 2011.”
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