Your work is like a 90’s time warp, colourful and is far from serious but has very important and serious messages woven through the design—where does all the energy come from and when did the important messages start to show through? Also, can you please introduce yourself?
I’m Martina Martian, an international designer/creative currently based in Sydney. Most of my work is fun and colourful because I believe that bright colours attract brighter feelings. The important messages of self-love, positivity and empowerment started coming up in my work
pretty early on, as I found myself wanting to spread these messages to other girls and used my designs to do so.
Where do you see yourself and your art headed in the next few years?
To Europe and beyond!
What are you working on at the moment? Any big plans coming up?
I’ve just put together an all-women group show at The Lord Gladstone in Sydney, August 18, and I’m working with more sneaker and streetwear brands, which is very exciting.
Have you been met with any challenges as an artist along the way?
The main challenge I’ve found is just wanting to learn, create and try absolutely everything but not having enough time to do so.
Do you tend to create from personal experience or from observing the experiences of others?
Generally, the messages in my work come from personal experience and what is on my mind at the time.
What’s it like being a woman in the creative industry? Do you find that it has its challenges at times?
I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by a very supportive network of people, which has definitely improved my experience. However, I certainly recognize that I’ve had privileges where other women have not, so there is much work to be done to make the creative industry an equal playing field.
Where have been your favourite places to travel and have those places influenced your work?
I found the sense of freedom and energy in Berlin to be really inspiring. The whole city is just bursting with self-expression, art, and culture.
What’s your favourite part of your body and why?
I love my nose! It’s Italian.
What’s your idea of empowerment?
Feeling confident and strong when other people don’t expect you to be.
What message do you have for those who are struggling with body confidence/self-love/weight
or appearance issues? – What’s helped you in the past?
I consciously follow lots of girls on Instagram with body types similar to mine, to remind me that my body type is valid and beautiful too! It’s important to try and diversify our feeds and expose ourselves to all types of beauty.
Praise You isn’t just about raising awareness for eating disorders and celebrating body positivity – it’s also shining the light on female support in the creative community, in saying that, what does inclusivity and its importance mean to you?
Supporting other women in the creative community is incredibly important if you want to succeed but also feel enriched and happy doing so. The most rewarding creative experiences for me have actually been collaborative efforts with other women, where we’ve learnt from each other and created something far better than what we could have achieved on our own.
Do you think there should be more talk about body image specifically in the creative industry and what do you think is missing when it is in the spotlight?
There is already a lot of talk on body image and body positivity in the creative industry already, however most of that talk relentlessly promotes certain body types over others. We’re promoting curvy girls, but only if they have small waists, big hips, are able-bodied and have perfect skin. We still have such a long way to go.