In a few words, could you describe Michaela Buerger DNA and values?
Funky, classic, funny, craft, sharp... these are the first thoughts, thinking about my work.It’s all about handcraft, technique and color. It is about what you can do with hand knits and crochets to show them in an unexpected fun way.
How do you describe the Michaela Buerger woman?
Strong, bold, feminine, going forward.
Where does the idea/concept come from? What does it evoke?
The idea to focus on knits mainly came quite naturally, as I have learned to knit at the age of four and I have done it ever since. So it is something pretty personal in the end, somehow my life - you can see that I am someone with quite some humor.
Today we are working with a group of women, who have been victims of violence during war in Ex-Yugoslavia, that has really really grown in these last years, who are hand knitting for us each piece with lot’s of love and who are really proud about the international echo.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Art, music, pop culture, fashion, women, everything that I see or feel can be an inspiration.
How do you see Michaela Buerger's evolution throughout the years?
I have in mind the story of Sonia Rykiel, who has started with a few amazing jumpers and has managed to build en empire, also shocking Elsa Schiaparelli started with a few hand knitted jumpers... Times have changed and everybody has it’s own story and evolution, but I think this is a great vision.
10 QUESTIONS TO MICHAELA BUERGER
Favorite sound? My dogs paws tapping on the floor, running towards me when I am coming home.
Favorite food? A great roasted chicken with puree.
Favorite view? Looking into the eyes of my beloved ones.
Favorite material? Wool of course!
Favorite perfume? I love « NOIR EPICES » from Michel Roudnitska, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.
What’s the first thing you notice about someone when you first meet? The eyes and general allure.
A contemporary artist you would like to have coffee with? Maria Lassnig, who was coming from the same region, South of Austria as I do, I am simply in love with her self-portraits. Unfortunately she died last year.
An historical figure you would like to have coffee with? Winston Churchill
An historic period you would have loved to live in? I would have loved to live in Vienna around 1900. There was so much Intelligentsia, so many new approaches to Literature, Art, Music, Design, Psychology that still influence us today and that are still valid. Mahler, Klimt, Schiele, Wiener Werkstaette, Loos, Freud just to name a few….
Some to follow on instagram… I love Michelle Obama’s Instagram // WomenforWomen International who is helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives // Beyonce (love her travel pictures)
TRAVEL TIPS AROUND THE WORLD
Best Restaurant? L’Evasion, Paris | best truffle purée ever, amazing food in general!!
Best Brunch or Breakfast? The Wolseley, London
Best Bar? Loos Bar, Vienna
Best Party? Last august in the North of Norway: 40ies style party and I was dancing all night Swing and Lindy Hop with a former world champion dancer, so much fun!
Best Hotel? Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Best Museum? Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
Best Monument? I’d say that it is the European Parliament, for what it means. I see myself as European.
Best Library? Library of Centre Pompidou, Paris
Best Art Gallery? www.galerie-vallois.com