In conversation with Misery

Jul 05, 2023 | Collaborations

In this blog post we delve into the life and creative journey of Kiwi artist, Misery.  She shares her passion for art, family, and the inspiration behind her meaningful collaboration with BLUNT.

Tanja’'s creative journey began at an early age, as she immersed herself in the world of art. A love of drawing and painting eventually led her to explore the vibrant world of graffiti and street painting in her teens. The moniker 'Misery' was born during this time, marking a pivotal moment in her artistic expression. Her talent and unique style caught the attention of art enthusiasts, leading to exhibitions, a clothing label and exciting commercial collaborations.

As Misery transitioned into her late twenties, she realised the importance of prioritising her art and being true to herself as an artist. She loved having creative freedom and sought out collaborations that aligned with her values and vision.

“The Water Rabbit umbrella feels uplifting and peaceful. It’s fun, with a few cheeky carrot and daikon characters hanging around the place, but also has a kind of elegance about it which I really like.”

Quote by|Tanja McMillan (Misery)

BLUNT was a brand that captured Misery's interest, leading to the first collaboration in 2019. This super successful collaboration featuring her artwork laid the foundation for the partnership and led to working together again in 2023 to create a second limited edition design.

Collaborating with BLUNT offered a unique opportunity for Misery to showcase her artwork on a canvas like no other. The BLUNT umbrella provided a large, eye-catching space for creative expression and allowed her to maintain artistic freedom while working with a brand that shared her commitment to quality and innovation.

Seeing her artwork on the BLUNT umbrella was pure joy and is like carrying around your own portable piece of art.

For the 2023 collaboration, the inspiration was the Year of the Water Rabbit in celebration of Lunar New Year. Influenced by her Chinese heritage and true to her signature style, the design she crafted boasts a black canopy adorned with bright pops of colour, depicting playful rabbits, goldfish, and vibrant Lotus flowers amidst flowing waters.

For Tanja and her family, the celebration of the Lunar New Year involves gathering her friends and family and indulging in a grand feast. With a shared love for cooking and celebrating, Misery and her loved ones come together to mark this auspicious occasion. It is a time to embrace tradition, cherish family connections, and welcome the Year of the Water Rabbit with open hearts and full bellies.

As Misery continues to embrace her fabulous creative spirit, her art will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on those who encounter it, both on sunny days and rainy ones under the shelter of a BLUNT x Misery umbrella.

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