We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Michella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I’m happy when I find new and interesting things. It varies from clothing, objects, sites, music, movies, books, and even people. I’m pumped whenever I want to get to know more about something or someone. I’ve visited underground museums, book signings, unexpected house tours that transport my creativity elsewhere.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like provocative thoughts and imagery that inspire me to push the boundaries. I don’t want to be conventional, but rather that provoke emotions. When I explain my work to someone, I want to make them love it or hate it, rather than neutral. I love combining ideas that do not belong together. Even though I am currently working in advertising as an art director, I never want to limit my creativity within industry standards. One of my favorite thing to do is house tours. When I visited Glass House, it changed my perspective towards architecture and concept. A concept can be a chair, a building, a painting, or anything random. Whenever I feel stuck, I want to do something that scares me. I find that effective for my brain. I first discovered this years ago when I felt uninspired and unmotivated. The next day, I decided to skydive out of nowhere. After that experience, I now know how to face creativity blocks and keep exploring.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to Neutra’s House tours and Eames House! The next stop would Pine and Crane Taiwanese restaurant at Silver Lake. I would also take them to Hauser & Wirth, as they have one of the most interesting bookstores. One of the most underrated spots I discovered recently is Eagle Rock. They have amazing vintage shops and objects that are pretty inspiring. Here’s a list of restaurants that I love: Boiling Point, Bonjuk, Hatch Yakitori, Bestia, and Sibling Rival.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my mentors from my previous schools. At Pensacola Christian College, I met Priscilla Baker and Aaron Ebert, who introduced me to multiple visual languages. Every single time I showed them my ideas, they were always there to give constructive feedback. At ArtCenter College of Design, I met Ramone Muñoz, Ely Kim, and Gary Goldsmith, who made me love what I do. These mentors taught me how to be detached from my work and to start from scratch. By meeting these people, I grew to be more passionate and thoughtful throughout my work.