We had the good fortune of connecting with Maia Flore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My intentions was to stay free and stay true and if I could use my imagination and feed my curiosity while make a living out of this, even better.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I do is creating visual playfulness using photography and collages by twisting the reality. I play a red hair girl into this ongoing narration who questions what connects us to the place we live in.
My dedication to create a visual poetry started in my early childhood. I spent an inordinate time at designing my little world, from the garden to my room in the South of France. It brought the mundane life into special cinematic moments. My life purpose of finding beauty wasn’t exactly what was expected from a family of farmers but I found my way to school in Paris. I find highly important to listen to my guts rather than critics.
I have embraced the last ten years of my artistic freedom juggling between my personal projects, art direction, commissions work and the exhibitions while traveling and relocating to different countries. My work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in more countries than I have traveled, like Japan, Korea, Brazil, Denmark, and I published my second book in the spring of 2020. Through my relationships with publications, designers, and other artists, I have made my own family of inspiring minds who live around the globe.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Slow-paced mornings with a coffee at home in Mount Washington, bike rides in the large streets of Pasadena under the trees dreaming which house we would move into, go for lunch in Malibu to find fresh sea food with a look on the horizon and a dip in the ocean, an ice cream while scrolling in bookstores and vintage stores in Los Feliz or At Water Village, stopping by galleries and friends studios DTLA, and a last stop by the Farmers market, Pull over to look at the last minutes of the sun and go back home to cook dinner for a small gathering with friends in the garden
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would dedicate this to someone I haven’t had the chance to meet, my great grandmother Bruna. She was born in the United States, crossed the ocean to Italy and then came to France. She worked in Paris before establishing her business and family in the south of France. She was a visionary and I refer to her as a source of inspiration and courage. Her story inspired me to go beyond the limitations of my upbringing.
For Cartier, Cactus Collection ( first image ) Copyright Maia Flore