Our collaborating artists
At MERAKI, we’re continually impressed and inspired by local talent, whether illustrators, photographers or artists. We’re always looking for the best—our favourites—to collaborate with them on a project (or two, or three…)
For limitless inspiration, we present some unique looks.
To discover. To embrace. And to apply to your wall.
Catherine Lavoie is an artist, illustrator and designer from Québec City. With a background in Visual Arts, she decided to quit her job as a designer a few years ago to completely focus on creating refined, gracious and colourful illustrations.
Curious and passionate, she constantly experiments and draws inspiration from everything around her: graphic design, daily life, travels and so much more. Oftentimes, it is the arrangement of colours that catch her eye—or the elegant shape of a vase or the fascinating texture of an object in her environment.
Her work stands out for its simplicity, minimalism, attention to detail, balance and colour. Catherine is an exuberant artist who loves to add a touch of humour to her drawings. In fact, all of her works resemble her vibrant personality: colourful, bold, simple, elegant, friendly and down-to-earth.
For this collection of wallpapers and wall decals, Elena was inspired by the bohemian trends of children's bedroom decor. She imagines her creations on the walls of minimalist rooms, along natural wood textures and textile fibers.
To learn more about her work, visit her website follow her on Instagram.
photo credit : Éléna Comte
A lover of patterns with a child’s heart (even after turning 40!) Marie-France’s imagination is quite simply overflowing! Her favourite playground? Designing textile patterns for interior decoration and children’s clothing, two areas of which she is particularly fond and that have enabled her to express herself for over 15 years.
She enjoys creating playful and colourful graphic universes, but she admits that she has a weakness for the black and white. She is curious and enthusiastic, and feels most in her element when she works collaboratively, where her creativity can nourish different visions and approaches.
Marie-Lise is passionate about illustration, which is for her an accessible art that greatly contributes to living in a more inspiring world.
Her heart swings between children’s illustration and botanical illustration, but she often manages to marry the two to create soft and enchanting universes.
Follow her on Instagram for beauty each day.
Marish loves life and loves people, and knows how to reveal true beauty! She’s a human artist with a big heart, and her unique sensibility enables her to capture the extraordinary from the ordinary, perfection from imperfection, and the amusing from the mundane.
Matel gets his inspiration from the banality of the everyday life, people, nature, etc…
The result always flirts with caricature.
Evolving in a goofy universe, his characters take all kind of shapes and expressions while having their own specific meaning.
Snowboarding and skateboarding have had a major influence on his awakening to the world of art and design. Most of his time is spent painting, doing murals, drawing and working on illustrations for clients of different environments .
In the past years he has done illustrations for; Yes snowboards (Switzerland), Rome snowboards (USA), DevGru snowboards (Japan), Fairmont Château Frontenac (Canada), Spy Optics (USA), Vans (USA), De Stefani Winery (CAN) and more.
Myriam Rousseau, working as an illustrator under the alias Muya, is from the province of Quebec. She left her native Canada to study Fine Arts in Spain and she currently lives in Argentina with her family.
A lifelong lover of sketchbooks and Hispanic culture, she managed to combine her two passions by exploring several artistic fields in different Latin cities.
She experienced the cartoon film industry by joining an animation studio, worked as an editorial graphist for a history magazine, collaborated with a contemporary gallery on several street art exhibitions, tattooed her botanical inspired images under the supervisor of her mentor and more recently invented her own personalized textile prints.
This rich career has nourished her style; and today she lives from her illustrations work which is inspired by Art Nouveau, encyclopedic engravings, old school tattoos, vintage children’s books, retro fashion advertisements, but also… by the overflowing imagination of her six-year-old daughter!
You can follow her work on Instagram.