The event at the Millerntor Gallery in Hamburg happened a while back but we'd love to present you a special gem, anyway. Something that was designed during this charity event by Viva con Agua. The Berlin-based artist Julia Benz has transformed our La Sardina DIY Edition to a black and white dream! Read on and get to know more about Julia and her design.
Tell us something about yourself.
Hi, my name’s Julia and I live and work as freelance artist in Berlin. My main focus lies on painting and illustration.
How would you describe your art?
I think every artist’s got a lot to say about his work, and I think there are many ways to describe my work. I’d say my paintings are mostly colorful, huge, and “loud” as they often appear quite dominant due to the colors. I think that’s what most people like about my work – the colors. Sure, I work with themes and worlds in my paintings, but in general I restrain myself from talking much about it. Everyone should take a look at my images and come up with something personal with what they see. That’s okay and way more interesting.
When I don’t paint, I like to illustrate in a very opposite, but balanced style. I like portraits of people, it’s quite delicate for me. And I like to use black and white here.
And when I neither paint nor draw, I’m sitting on a skateboard deck and designing it in black and white, other times in color, and sometimes the result is quite plain and geometric. Designing a deck makes me feel free and I can get all wild with my graphic style.
My dog Ponyo compensates for that. She’s my companion and we’re a great team. She really balances everything and I can calm down during our daily walk.
It’s a black and white counterpart of a design I did back then on a wall in the Millerntor Gallery. It means that after 10 hours of working with color and trying to bring it on the wall in a way that it makes sense, I enjoyed designing the La Sardina DIY peacefully at night in the hotel to calm down.
The pattern is a combination of floral elements and simple geometric forms. Those are typical in my skateboard designs and are also elements that start to appear frequently in the images I make on canvas. A typical Benz design, so to say. Everything’s there except for the colors, maybe.
How do you like the La Sardina DIY and designing it?
I like the La Sardina DIY a lot because it feels great and has a simple but chic design. I like the detachable flash a lot.
Do you have any advice for DIY beginners concerning our camera?
Not really because it’s easy to handle. Just get it started!