Meet the Maker: Saba Tadele
Today on Meet the Maker, we get the chance to take a peak inside the brain of Saba Tadele. I've always been drawn to the powerful negative space in her work, and she opens up on how her heritage influences her design, along with art being a part of her life for as long as she can remember.
Everyone has a different path to finding their creative rhythm and becoming an artist. What got you started?
I was brought up in a home where I was exposed to creativity early on. My father had been painting since he was a child in Ethiopia selling his paintings on the streets to provide for his family. When he came to Sweden he was an architect and still painted from time to time. He exposed me to a new world of art and design and even though I loved going to art exhibitions with him I never thought I would become an artist myself. I work as a freelance graphic designer on the side and although I love working for my clients, I wanted to create something for myself. Something that really spoke to my soul on a deeper level and that is how I started painting abstract expressionism. Little did I know that it would take me on this amazing new journey.
I really love your Instagram bio of "artistically speaking". That phrase really evokes your colorful work with negative space well. Where do you draw inspiration from?
For me creating art and sharing it is a very intimate thing, because I am truly artistically speaking about things that are going on in my mind and sharing my story with every piece that I make. I am inspired by nature, architecture, poetry, feelings, literature, world events, etc. All of this gets mixed up in my mind and released in my art. As I see my art evolving I also realize that I am influenced by my mixed background. I use bold colors that I think come from my Afroasian side and then the negative space and simplicity of the typical Swedish/Scandinavian aesthetic. These are cultural influences from my childhood and I can see traces of them in my art.
Where would you like to see your artistic career in the next 5 years?
5 years from now, I wish that I can share my art with more people, hopefully have a better (bigger) studio space where I can work more freely. I would love to do more collaborations with inspiring people in the creative industry. I love architecture and interior design, so I wish I could incorporate my art into these passions somehow. I also hope to give back to the less fortunate in some way, maybe some creative projects for kids in Ethiopia? I love to dream big and I am the type of person that has new ideas all the time, I definitely need to learn to start focusing on one thing at a time, so that I can work more actively to attain these goals.
When you're not painting, what are you typically up to? Any other interests?
When I do not paint I work as a freelance graphic designer and I am also a mother of 2 children. So I try to spend as much time as possible with my family when I have spare time. I also love reading books, writing, photography, refurbishing furniture and gardening. I am a very introverted person who really loves solitude, so just taking long walks by myself and reflecting on the simple things in life is one of my favorite things to do.
Last but not least, who are some artists and makers out there that you think we should know about?
Actually my whole art journey was very much inspired by the many talented artists on Instagram and I will always be grateful for their support. The art community is the best and I am so glad I can be a part of it. I could make a huge list of talented artists, but I will mention of a few of my favorites:
Ingrid Knuti (@iknuti): Love the texture and amazing color combinations she uses.
Melanie Roach (@huskandfloe): She has an amazing talent and the simplicity of her abstract art is so beautiful.
Lindsay King (@lindsay_king): Her work is so serene and calming. Love her minimal aesthetic, just gorgeous.
Karina Bania (@karinabania): I think most people that are into abstract art know her already, but this incredibly talented lady was one of my first inspirations and I am always drawn to her art (and words).
Jennifer Gauthier (@jennifergauthier): Not only is her work amazing, but she is such a sweet person too. Her art is so deep and evokes so much emotions.
Bonnie Gray (@bonniegray): If you love a pop of color, you have to check out Bonnie's beautiful art. Every time I look at her work, I have a smile on my face!
Kandyce King (@kandyceking): An amazing artist and supporter of other artists. Love the mix of soft and playful color choices she uses.
And the list could go on and on...but I will stop here! Make sure to check them out.