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

 

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.

You can follow her on Instagram or visit her website to learn more about her work.

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Éléna Comte
 


 
Éléna is a Canadian illustrator who lives in Amsterdam (Netherlands) with her husband and two daughters. She likes to bring out the texture of gouache and colored pencils in her illustrations. Her intention is that her work comes across as happy and comforting for the viewer. Her color palettes are rich in peachy pink, golden yellow and peacock green. As often as possible,she tries to create designs that appeal to both girls and boys.

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.

 

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photo credit : Éléna Comte

Marie-France Auger

 


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.

Visit her Instagram or her website to see more projects.

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Marie-Lise Leclerc
 

 
 

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.

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Marish Papaya

 

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.
 
She’s a portrait specialist, and we feel special through her eyes! Her art celebrates uniqueness and diversity, she knows how to channel a face, a cat, a bike, or a pair of underwear! We love the second degree of her creations, when she’s added her touch of humour and a bit of thought. In short, we’re pleased and proud to collaborate with this favourite artist!
 
Her Instagram is full of beautiful portraits, go visit her.

 

MATEL
 

MATEL
 

 

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.

To know more about Matel’s art, take a look at his Instagram of his Facebook page.

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Muya

 

 

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.

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