We had the good fortune of connecting with Meike Legler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Meike, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite affirmation is that behind the scenes the universe is already working on making my dream come true. In times when it feels like nothing is moving this is very comforting and reassures me that I can always trust in divine timing and the support of the higher realms that are working for each single one of us achieve our goals.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I made my first piece of art out of fabris that I used for making pillow cases about 4 years ago. It was a 12″ x 9″ format and right after I had finished it I knew that this wasn’t just a one of but it felt very much like the beginning of something new and yet unknown that was about to start in my life. Working in a creative field has been my wish since I was a teeneager, interrupted by some cute ambitions to become a diplomat or political scientist. Luckily I always feel quite unhappy very fast when I do something that isn’t the right thing for me. So, many years and office jobs later I eventually didn’t try to fight my desire to have an artisitc profession anymore or just do it on the side next to a fulltime job that I worked to secure my rent and health insurance. Of course this wasn’t easy. Making money to make a living is essential and after I was able to save up an amount that allowed me to not work a job for 2-3 months I jumped right into the fabric art making and I reached out to as many art advisors and interior designers that I could find in order to sell my works. Luckily it has worked out and I am glad I stood my ground in low times when not so much was going on. I have come to accept the ebb and flood as the nature of being self employed and it doesn’t mke me feel as nervous anymore as it used to. I would describe my works as a range of colorful to monochrome abstract textile wall art that sometimes is sculptural in character, sometimes playful, sometimes sensitive, and sometimes experimental. As with every artwork it’s a direct expression of the artist’s personality. I get inspired a lot by nature, folklore and spirituality and depending on my mood I go into the more colorful or muted color direction.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to lunch at Sqirl right after I had picked my friend up from the airport. Sqirlgate or not, I always had incredible food there and I know my friend would enjoy it,  too. After that we would relax by the Echo Park Lake and might even rent a paddle boat swan. In the next days I would take them to Hollywood Lake to take a close look at the Hollywood sign, to the obligatory observatory wehere would hike to from Griffith Park followd by a snack at the Trails Café, walking down Hillhurst Avenue, check out Skylight Books on Vermont, relaxing at Barnsdall Art Park and and then dinner at Kismet or All Time. The Stahl House, the Schindler House and looking at some other amazing mid century houses in Hollywood are other must sees. We would have croissants and sandwiches at Konbi in Echo Park, drive along Mulholland, drink coffee at G&B at Grand Central Market, visit The Broad and hang out in Highland Park, eat pizza at Triple Beam, have coffee at Amara Kitchen and drive through the Arroyo Seco to show her the amazing views and bridges. A trip to Venice combined with breakfast at Gjusta, a bit of beach time in Malibu, a day trip to Ojai, another one to Palm Springs (we could stay over night at the Parker if we feel fancy), take the cable car up to the top of the mountain and walk on the snow and get treats at the French bakery in the strip mall by the thrift store. And of course look at all the great mid century houses! I also would take my friend to Santa Barbara, show her the Four Seasons in Montecito, have some nice wines and eat Italian food at the Crudo Bar. We would buy produce at the South Pasadena Farmers market, make dinner at home and finally drive to Big Sur as the grande finale of her stay in LA.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people, companies and books that have given me incredible support in advancing in my career. Thank you so much to all the wonderful art advisors, collectors, designers, and stylists I have been working with over the last 3 years. A special shoutout to my husband Kottie Paloma for his valuable advice, Chrissy and her team at Artstar, Freshpaint, Annie Wharton, Indidesign, Library Street Collective, Margot Ross and Brian Weiss for writing his absolutely amazing book “Many Lives, Many Masters” that opened a completely new view on life for me. I think everybody needs to read it. Thanks to Oprah for interviewing him, otherwise I would have missed out on something so important. 🙂

Website: www.meikelegler.world
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Meike Legler

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