Di x Mairi Millar

This year has been an incredible start for me, both in design as well as direction. I had the pleasure to lead Designer Island’s May interview, featuring Jewellery Designer, Mairi Millar.

“Art can be dangerous, even when decorous” (Bridget Quinn, 2017). There are two senses that strike the most when confronted with art: sight and touch. The former goes without saying, but ultimately we feel, though there is no physical convergence by art (and design)- and that is what makes it so very dangerous, as stated by Quinn.

We stand in awe at the confrontational force that lies within Mairi Millar’s work. It’s both rebellious and riveting. It’s the voice for all those who walk in vulnerability, but still, wear their strength on their sleeves, or in this case, their fingers, ears, and above their head. It is only fitting that this conversation is entitled, ‘Exhibitory,’ for the designs as well as the designer are far worth the exhibition.
— Zarna Hart of Designer Island

Platform: Designer Island

Interview + Creative Direction: Zarna Hart

Photographer: Jlh Perspectivs

Location: The Loftt Gallery

To read more on this thought-provoking interview, head to Di’s website by clicking here.

Holy Chic: On Working With Fashionistas

Fashion: it’s a nonchalant self-investment that we all undoubtedly make. There’s a never-ending list of the reasons why we do it, some may even profess it’s therapeutic. Even if you’re reading this and thinking that you can’t relate, trust me, you’re in it.

Fashion design is one of the highest forms of self-representation. 

All roles aside, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a consumer, so this crossover was pretty interesting for me. I can’t say that I’m an avid follower of the fashion industry and its trends, but I won’t refuse a sale at good ol’ Zara- because that brand for me represents the way I present myself as a woman- a lil discreet, a lil quirk, mixed with a lil badass, that’s my flavour. 

But it’s not just in the clothes. Many times I seek inspiration from Zara’s visual content that is sent to me as a consumer- emailers, instagram posts, website layout, app notifications… They have ensured that without basic branding, you KNOW it’s Zara. 

This was my mission for all these wonderful micro/macro projects. They belong to women that craft, style, appreciate, and produce fashion design, so it was of utmost importance that I channeled their vigour for what they do, into the pieces of communication that represent them. 


The work: 

Meiling’s “Into the Night” 2018 ~ Invitation Design 

Safia Elena ~ Business Card Design 

Secrets Mas ~ Logo and Mini-Campaign Design 

Food, Fashion, Finance ~ Invitation Design 

Thank you x 100000 to Meiling, Safia Ali, Secrets Mas, and Food, Fashion, Finance (Nyssa Pierre). I loved every minute of working on these pieces with you guys! 

P.S. If you’re stuck, lost, demotivated and need a quick chat to sort your business’ visual communication out, feel free to holla at me! I would be happy to help!