MEET THE ARTIST: MABE

For the March blog post we wanted to introduce you to Mabe.

As some of you may know already, he is one of the HHC founder members.

When we think of him we instantly think of the huge body of work that he produces, however, he doesn’t speak about himself much so to let you get to know him better read on!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how did you come to live in London?

I grew up in Padova, a town in the north-east of Italy, a pretty place, tiny town, close to amazing mountains (the Dolomites) and close to Venice too. I have moved to London not so long ago and I guess I was looking for something new, something different, new opportunities, to learn a language, to expand my view, meeting new people.... It started as an adventure and here we are 7 years have passed and I have been living here since then, apart from a small 3 month window, when I was living in Berlin.

2. Explain the route you took to where you are now artistically.

I have always wanted to do art school but I did not because I was pushed towards a professional career. I did graffiti at a young age, some graphic design and then my attention moved towards tattoos and in recent years printmaking and whatever I want to create. Even though I have learnt a lot I need my creativity to be free.

3. Do you have any particular influences?

Absolutely yes. I love artefacts and I’m into popular tradition and folk art in general. I love digital art and traditional fine art. Pretty much everything around me...

4. Talk to us about your particular materials and techniques.

I find it very difficult to label myself and my work. I like to try out things, experiment with materials, have fun and eventually make something out of it! I like to spend time doing digital illustration with software and then getting messy and spontaneous with canvases and bitumen then I jump to the table and start sewing flags. I can’t help myself I like to have options, I dig into techniques, experiment for a bit and then eventually change directions.

5. What relationship do you have with social media?

I’m well into it! I try not to spend too much energy and time and I try not to give too much attention and sometimes, but sometimes only, I’m good at it.

6. Do you listen to music while you work? Is it an inspiration, or a way to concentrate?

First thing I do in the morning I turn on the amp and speakers and is the last thing I turn off before to go to sleep. Yes, I definitely listen to music while I’m working. I guess I have my few albums that help me getting inspired and some others to concentrate but really, as long as there is great music, I’m happy.

7. Outside of your work what are your other passions or interests?

Were we talking about music? Music is my other thing. I do not play any instruments but I would spend my days with my headphones on getting lost in sounds...

8. What was the best piece of advice you were given or have to give?

I have been told ideas are more important than technique.