You grew up in Düsseldorf. What was that like?
Düsseldorf was a really inspiring city to grow up in, with its rich history of art, but my personal world has always been defined by what I could create by drawing. Perhaps that was my way of dealing with all the intense sensations you experience when growing up. As a kid, I could spend hours drawing on my own, or even watching other people drawing. When I got a bit older I started creating flyers for parties that I was too young to go to. Don’t ask me how that happened, but it was an adventure, even without going to them – or perhaps because of that. I would try to create a special world with these flyers, and it was probably more stylish and glamorous than the reality. Sometimes it’s not the worst idea just to stay home and make things up.
And how did you get into the career you have now?
After finishing school I did an internship at the creative agency Parasol Island, in Düsseldorf. Initially I was only planning to stay there for six months before going on to university, but the experience of jumping straight into the professional world was so inspiring and successful that I didn’t end up going, and instead stayed working there for four years.
Following that, I wanted to get out of Germany and experience somewhere new, so I went to work for design studio ilovedust in Brighton in the UK. There I got to work for a lot of big clients such as Nike, Red Bull and Disney, which really helped me to find my own way and style of working. After a while I moved to Berlin but continued working remotely for ilovedust. I was also able to work on a beautiful series of printed city guides called LOSTiN, as art director and illustrator.
Now I feel like expanding in all directions to see what incredible visual landscapes I can inhabit. I am very curious to explore all sorts of media and industries. Maybe next year I’ll be doing furniture, or installations – who knows? I am very excited about what the future holds.