From Trash To Treasure

Bazaar, 3 December 2017

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FROM TRASH TO TREASURE
Getting To Know Capsule Queen Mariska Nell
INTERVIEW

We all know that almost wistful feeling when it comes to throwing away pretty packaging. But really, why should we keep that beautiful little box our gourmet tea came in, or the funky printed tag that was attached to your new sweater? You don’t really need that junk, do you? What if you found a way to preserve it by turning it into functional art – that’s a win, win, win – isn’t it?

That’s clearly what South African-born and Dubai-based artist/designer Mariska Nell was thinking when she immersed herself in the ultimate Nespresso capsule saving project by creating a lamp out of 913 pods. “I started by collecting and cleaning my own pods for the first few months and realized that I would need a lot more if I wanted to create something exquisite. I contacted friends, family and companies around Dubai using Nespresso and in about 3 months I had enough pods to create my very first “Coffee Addiction Lamp” made from 913 pods.” And as she still does regular pickups around Dubai to maintain her supply, it’s clear that the DSSA (Design School of South Africa) alumna has a knack for turning recyclables into something beautiful to look at, or even use.

 

What prompted your love affair with art, and what made you decide to make it part of your everyday life?

Art has always been very much part of me. My mother would teach crafts as I was growing up, so I was always in her studio, painting whatever I could find or create. After completing my studies, I continued to paint a few pieces a year, mainly as gifts or to fill our walls.

What draws you toward making art out of household and recyclable items?

The environment is something that is very close to my heart, and reusing items that would have ended up in a landfill gives me a sense of accomplishment. I know that I have given these items a second chance in life, and at the same time contributed to bettering our environment a little bit.

What’s the greatest piece you’ve ever designed?

That is a very hard question, as I love all my pieces. But, two pieces in my new collection (“Coffee Addiction Lamp” and “Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize”) are very near and dear to my heart. The painting I did in memory of my late father; (“I’ll Always Have Someone Watching Over Me”) makes the list as well. I also created two pieces that I have donated to charity. “On Route To Uhuru” was part of a silent auction for Warriors for Willow to raise funds for research to find a cure for MSD while, “Every Drop Counts” is a piece that is part of a Surge event to raise funds to invest in communities through safe water and sanitation solutions.

What kind of stories do your artworks tell?

The majority of my pieces tell stories of my travels and the people I see and meet along the journey. I always have a camera close, to capture moments that touch me. I then use these photographs to narrate the stories through my art. I have also completed a few commission pieces where I narrate stories that are dear to my clients by turning their family memories into works of art. Companies also ask me to create art that represents their core values.

Who or what inspires you?

Travel! I have always been fascinated with traveling. I feel so enriched every time I visit a new destination and am able to experience how the local people live, their beauty, love, ambitions and how they protect their siblings, families and their nation. It is in such moments that I feel inspiration: Like the little girl I photographed on our farm with her cupcake, the beautiful woman behind “Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize“ and my husband while roaming the streets of Havana. I am also inspired to create art for philanthropic people and organizations. I also often visit other artists in their studios as they continually inspire me and I hope that I would be an inspiration to an artist out there as well.

Do you think that in the future, most design pieces on the market will be made from recycled items?

The hopeful side of me is screaming YES. I personally hope to contribute to increasing this practice, and amazingly, lots of companies, cafes and restaurants are joining me in this effort as well. This December, I will be exhibiting at WILD Coffee in Salmiya, Kuwait. This is an effort to increase awareness around recycling and show more coffee connoisseurs the beautiful artwork that can be created from coffee capsules. Clients who commission work from me sometimes bring their own sentimental pieces they could have thrown away. What I am doing is only a drop, if we all took part, we could create a recycling ocean.  It’s a matter of asking, “How can I help to reduce, reuse and recycle?”

 

Mariska Nell will be exhibiting her art in Kuwait. Experience her unique creations this month at WILD Coffee in Salmiya. Follow @WILD.Kwt on Instagram for updates. Visit Mariska’s website for more on her work at www.designbymariska.com. Follow her on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Youtube: @DesignbyMariska.

According To Mimi, Wild Coffee Bar

According To Mimi, 17 December 2017

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Wild Coffee Bar by Mimi

When I heard about the WILD Coffee Bar (@wild.kwt) hosting art pieces, I was intrigued and decided to check it out.  Now, I’d never been to the WILD cafe before and had no clue that such a place existed just mere minutes from me, tucked away in a corner of Salmiya.  A hidden gem, if you might.The artwork displayed is by Artist Markisa Nell (@designbymariska) and she’s actually also featured in this month’s Bazaar Magazine (From Trash to Treasure).  If you look closely, you’ll see that the artwork is made from recycled material (coffee pods, drink cans, etc).  I love that!

The barista who served us was bubbly and a delight and after placing our orders, we took a seat indoors to wait.  I’d ordered the Spanish latte, delicious, while the better half had a gingerbread latte which had a beautiful mix of spices, perfect for Christmas!  Also, ask to try some of the WILD’s popular items – the Açaí Bowl, V60 slow brew coffee, the muffins and cookies and of course the Spanish latte.

The cafe has a lot of off-the-wall touches such as a handwritten menu on a large roll of brown paper, a mix of different knick-knacks like a surfboard and my favourite, a camel crossing sign!  Beautiful lights both inside and strung outside as well, just added to the cosiness of the place – definite hygge vibes!

I believe the artwork is only on display till tonight, but if you do miss the art display, check out Mariska’s work on her Instagram on @designbymariska.  Mariska makes custom pieces for clients who would like to use some of their recycled items to create art that showcases their family memories.  Either way, do pass by the cafe if you’re in or around Salmiya.  The WILD Coffee Bar is a cool and quirky hangout spot that should be on your list.

Amirah Ji, A Great Cup of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

Amirah Ji, 1 December 2017

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A Great Cup Of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

I do appreciate a poetically placed cup of coffee. Some ricotta pancakes to go with my first cup to start me off on the first few chapters of my read. Maybe some cozy egg sandwiches and a cinnamon latte once I’m a little deeper into the plot and (sighs)…. just writing about it is giving me a fuzzy and warm feeling inside.

There’s an Art Meets Coffee Exhibition Series running at Book Munch Cafe in Wasl Square and it’s just the kind of place I’d like my poetically placed cup of caffeine and munch. Especially because Mariska Nell chose to showcase her artwork in such a wonderful setting!

Her work is composed of repurposed Nespresso Capsules. The outcome is glorious and the images are stirring. Just the concept of experiencing a Cafe transformed (even a little bit) into an Art Gallery is an act of universal justice especially if it leads to the five times, award-winning Cafe being laced by conversation-inducing art. Mariska Nell’s creations succeed at that.

Mariska is also exhibiting at Our Space in the Lamborghini Building on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai for your viewing pleasure.

Khaleej Times, Khaleej Times hosts spectacular Art and Headlines exhibition in Dubai.

Khaleej Times, 26 November 2017

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“Khaleej Times’ hosts spectacular ‘Art and Headlines’ exhibition in Dubai.

Khaleej Times, the nation’s oldest English Newspaper, hosted a collaborative art exhibition ‘Art and Headlines’ at Andakulova Gallery on November 16, 2017 at DIFC, Dubai, UAE.

The exhibition showcased 13 iconic pages of Khaleej Times from the last four decades — an intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by exemplary artists.

The artists portrayed their interpretation of the front page in various types of art – conceptual, functional art, acrylic painting, watercolour, conceptual, charcoal painting, graffiti, and mixed mediums.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Yasser Al Gergawi, Director of Cultural Events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development; Vipul – Consul General of India; Charitha Yattogoda, Consul General of Sri Lanka, and Dato Yubazlan Haji Yusof – Consul General of Malaysia.

Speaking about this unique idea, Vinay Kamat, Editor, Khaleej Times, stated, “There is a thin line between news and creativity. News inspires art and art inspires news. Khaleej Times‘ initiative brings the blur into focus, showcasing the unique contribution of newspapers to art and art’s own stamp on newspapers. The influence of news makes art contemporary, contextual and impresssionistic.”

Speaking about this unique concept, Ravi Raman, Senior Vice President at Khaleej Times, said “These are truly special pages both of Khaleej Times and the nation, we are truly pleased to see talented artists create their renditions of it.”

The artists at this exhibition come from diverse cultures and nationalities. Through the language of art, each artist can express and share their uniqueness with the world.

Speaking about this exceptional concept, the artists stated, “Khaleej Times has provided a unique platform to us to display our distinctiveness and imaginations in the form of our varied creations.”

Natalya Andakulova, Owner/Founder of the Andakulova Gallery, stated, “Andakulova Gallery has always striven to bring the richness of Central Asian art to art lovers and the general public of this region. We are pleased and honoured to host this unique event in collaboration with Khaleej Times. I think this initiative will go a long way in building bridges between the Central Asia and MENA regions.”

Khaleej Times’ art exhibition was supported by The Art of Shaving, unrivaled products that elevate shaving from an act to an art and Canvas Magazine, a premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab World.

Asad Raza Khan, International Markets Leader, The Art of Shaving stated “The Art of Shaving is proud to be associated with such a fantastic event. Khaleej Times has been one of the pioneer’s in media in UAE and it is nice to see them come together with local artists to celebrate the history and heritage of UAE via headlines and art. UAE has a rich history which many people are still not familiar with and this is an innovative platform for many people to learn more about this wonderful nation and its journey.”

Artists names and specializations

– Ms. Sana Sajan, a modern contemporary and Islamic calligraphy artist, used acrylic and mixed medium for her art and recreated Oil struck in new Dubai well –  27/02/1980

– Ms. Minisha Bhardwaj, a charcoal and portrait artist recreated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, becomes Dubai Ruler – 5/1/2006

– Ms. Mariska Nell, a recycled products and mixed media artist recreated GCC first meeting is held – 26/5/1981

– Mr. Thankachen Kumaran, an artist specialising in architectural, contemporary, and abstract recreated Dubai Metro launched – 10/09/09

– Ms. Elizabeth Bruce, specialized in portraits inspired by colours, light, recreated World’s largest Dubai Mall opens – 4/11/2008

. Ms. Zaahirah Muthy, a mixed media artist specialising in feet painting, recreated Khalifa inaugurates world’s largest plant, hails Shams 1 as an outstanding achievement, dated 18/03/2013

– Dr. Yaser Habrawi, a portrait artist, recreated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa becomes President – 4/11/2004

– Ms. Muneera Al Abbadi, a mixed media artist recreated Khaleej Times is born- 16/4/1978

– Mr. Charlie Villagracia, specialising in conceptual, surrealism, and acrylics recreated Emirates airline is launched – 24/10/1985

– Ms. Mrinmay Sebastian, specialising in watercolours and realistic work recreated Dubai Canal unveiled – 10/11/16

– Mr. Ahmed Rukni, an acrylic artist recreated Burj Khalifa is inaugurated – 5/1/2010

– Ms. Kasia Dzikowska, specialising in watercolour and acrylic recreated UAE announces ‘Mars 2117’ project to establish first mini-city on Mars – 15/02/2017

– Ms. Rafah Abdul Razzak, drawing, oil painting, acrylic charcoal, graffiti, and watercolour artist recreated Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum wins UAE’s first Olympic gold – 18/08/2004 “

Khaleej Times, Art meets Coffee at this quirky cafe

Khaleej Times, 21 November 2017

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Gulf News, Time to get happy

Gulf News, 13 November 2017

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Kobo Art, The Art of Recycling

Kobo Art, 16 October 2017

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What Else GeorgeTHE ART OF RECYCLING with Mariska Nell.

About Mariska Nell 
Mariska Nell is the artist and Interior Designer behind Design By Mariska. As an artist, Mariska’s work focuses on combining art and recycled materials to create something beautiful. Where some see empty soda cans and Nespresso Capsules as items that should be tossed into the trash, Mariska sees art. It is for this reason that Mariska Nell started creating art that combines painted portraits and recycled materials. She creates pieces that have been commissioned by her clients as gifts or for their personal collections.  Her work has also been entered in competitions and auctions where proceeds were donated to charity.

Mariska Nell

Nespresso Capsules and soda cans were just a beginning of what Mariska has been able to repurpose using her art. Shopping bags, bottled water caps and even candy wrappers have all been part of the pieces that she creates to tell the stories of her subjects.

In one of her most recent creations, Mariska paints a portrait of a renowned Dubai based radio presenter and his two daughters. She then adds an emotional element to the portrait by creating a jigsaw puzzle effect using shredded pieces of paper from their favorite milk box.

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“I want to create art that captures memories, that can be touched. I start with painting portraits of my subjects using photos that I took, and then I add a third dimension of depth and texture using actual recycled materials. This is often the emotional part of the artwork. This way my work is both a piece of art and also an emotional memorabilia.” Says Mariska.

On 17th October, Mariska will be collaborating with Patagonia to exhibit her work in a private show hosted by ZSI Trading LLC. The exhibition, which will be held in Al Zarouni Building in Al Barsha, will then open to the public on Wednesday 18th October (9am – 1pm) and Thursday 19th October (1pm – 5pm).

“In this exhibition you will see a lot of paintings that represent the personal stories of my subjects. The painting tells you who the subject is and the background tells you the rest of the story” Says Mariska. “Many people come to me because they want to immortalize a memory. They might have a photo of their wedding day and together I find items that mean a lot to the couple and use these to create a piece of art that is unique.” She adds.

“ZSI is honored to work with Mariska Nell and support a local environment project. We truly believe that art and recycling brings together a great concept, change minds and inspire people.” Said Dewald Van Der Wath, the General Manager of ZSI Trading LLC

“When we met Mariska, her art spoke to us. She is able to see a deep meaning in items that other people would throw away. In this exhibition we hope that more people will see that it is possible to recycle and repurpose in very creative ways. And that more artists will be encouraged to share their art.”  Says Lillian Kithia, the Executive Director of SPARK Publicity, the agency that handles Mariska’s publicity.

Follow Mariska Nell on Instagram @DesignbyMariska

Public Exhibition showing:

Location Al Zarouni Building, Office 305, Al Barsha.

Wednesday 18th October (9am – 1pm)

Thursday 19th October (1pm – 5pm).

Mariska will also be hosting workshops for adults on 19th October at 10am and for children on the 19thOctober at 4pm.

Workshop Details:

Book a your place in a workshop with Mariska Nell.

Reservation is mandatory – info@designbymariska.com

Adults 19th October at 10am

Children 19th October at 4pm”

 

Sabco-UAE, The Art of Recycling Art Exhibition with Mariska Nell

Sabco-UAE, 12 October 2017

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Mariska Nell, Recycling Queen

“Where some see empty soda cans and Nespresso Capsules as items that should be tossed into the trash, Mariska sees art. It is for this reason that Mariska Nell started creating art that combines painted portraits and recycled materials.

Nespresso Capsules and soda cans were just a beginning of what Mariska has been able to repurpose using her art. Shopping bags, bottled water caps and even candy wrappers have all been part of the pieces that she creates to tell the stories of her subjects.

On 17th October, Mariska will be collaborating with Patagonia to exhibit her work in a private show hosted by ZSI Trading LLC. RSVP by October 14th on info@designbymariska.com or dewald@zsicorp.com

The exhibition, which will be held in Al Zarouni Building in Al Barsha, will then open to the public on Wednesday 18thOctober (9am – 1pm) and Thursday 19th October (1pm – 5pm).

Mariska will also be hosting workshops for adults on 19th October at 10am and for children on the 19th October at 4pm.”

Arabian Gazette, The Art of Recycling Art Exhibition with Mariska Nell

Arabian Gazette, 16 September 2017

Thank you to Arabian Gazette for this wonderful article, The Art of Recycling Art Exhibition with Mariska Nell

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Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize

“Where some see empty soda cans and Nespresso Capsules as items that should be tossed into the trash, Mariska sees art. It is for this reason that Mariska Nell started creating art that combines painted portraits and recycled materials.

Nespresso Capsules and soda cans were just a beginning of what Mariska has been able to repurpose using her art. Shopping bags, bottled water caps and even candy wrappers have all been part of the pieces that she creates to tell the stories of her subjects.

In one of her most recent creations, Mariska paints a portrait of a renowned Dubai based radio presenter and his two daughters. She then adds an emotional element to the portrait by creating a jigsaw puzzle effect using shredded pieces of paper from their favorite milk box.

“I want to create art that captures memories that can be touched. I start with painting portraits of my subjects using photos that I took, and then I add a third dimension of depth and texture using actual recycled materials. This is often the emotional part of the artwork. This way my work is both a piece of art and also an emotional memorabilia.” Says Mariska.

 

On 17th October, Mariska will be collaborating with Patagonia to exhibit her work in a private show hosted by ZSI Trading LLC. The exhibition, which will be held in Al Zarouni Building in Al Barsha, will then open to the public on Wednesday 18th October (9am – 1pm) and Thursday 19th October (1pm – 5pm).

Mariska will also be hosting workshops for adults on 19th October at 10am and for children on the 19th October at 4pm.

“In this exhibition you will see a lot of paintings that represent the personal stories of my subjects. The painting tells you who the subject is and the background tells you the rest of the story” Says Mariska. “Many people come to me because they want to immortalize a memory. They might have a photo of their wedding day and together I find items that mean a lot to the couple and use these to create a piece of art that is unique.” She adds.

“ZSI is honored to work with Mariska Nell and support a local environment project. We truly believe that art and recycling brings together a great concept, change minds and inspire people.” Said Dewald Van Der Wath, the General Manager of ZSI Trading LLC

“When we met Mariska, her art spoke to us. She is able to see a deep meaning in items that other people would throw away. In this exhibition we hope that more people will see that it is possible to recycle and repurpose in very creative ways. And that more artists will be encouraged to share their art.”  Says Lillian Kithia, the Executive Director of SPARK Publicity, the agency that handles Mariska’s publicity.”

Express Gulf News, Expat donates painting for treatment of child in US

Express Gulf News, 6 September 2017

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Dubai: A Dubai resident’s painting of a child she met during her trek to Mount Kilimanjaro will be auctioned in Louisiana in the US on September 15 to raise funds for the treatment of a three-year-old American girl who suffers from multiple sulfatase deficiency (MSD).

MSD is a condition that affects the brain, skin and skeleton. Symptoms include deterioration of tissue in the nervous system, which can lead to movement problems, seizures and slow growth.

Dubai-based South African expatriate Mariska Nell learnt about the little girl Willow Cannan and the campaign to save her two months ago when she met her parents Amber and Thomas at a restaurant in Ireland where she was holidaying.

The meeting

“It was very crowded. A couple were kind enough to offer my husband and me two empty seats at their table. As it turned out, they were Willow’s parents who were travelling the world to raise funds for research into this degenerative disease. I was touched by their efforts and wanted to do something myself. I decided to donate my painting of a child I met at Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for Willow and MSD,” said Nell.

Shedding light on her artwork, she said: “Last September during my Mount Kilimanjaro trek, I stopped at a local shop where a young girl wearing a bright coloured dress caught my attention. She was very friendly and bubbly. I fell in love with her and took her photograph. When I returned home, I could not take her out of my mind, so I decided to paint her picture.” Nell took six months to complete the 91x61cm painting in acrylic. It’s a masterpiece in monochrome colours – black, white and grey.”