Events in the world would have us believe that we're becoming more fractured, more divided... but it's connection and community that will see us through. One of the best parts of running an independent store is that we get to meet makers from all walks of life who are doing their thing, honing their craft and putting passion & energy into everything they make. We get to fill our shelves with unique, handmade products which then make their way into your homes, and to welcome people into the store to learn more through workshops and collaborations. This relationship with makers brings Century to life! We began the Ten Minutes With series while our bricks & mortar shop was closed in lockdown. Since then, we've featured lots of makers. So pop the kettle on, find a cosy spot and get lost in inspiration for a while.
This week, we're sharing a glance into the world of Maria Rikteryte, whose work is made to cultivate wonder, and perfect for these days...
Who are you and what do you make?
My name is Maria and I am an Edinburgh-based creative. I create work that invites you to look within and deepen your connection to your higher self and the world around you.
What’s the best thing about your workspace?
The fact that it’s at home! Also natural light, plants, books and other little objects that inspire me to create.
Where do you find your inspiration online? And your inspiration in real life?
My inspiration comes from life itself – its magical mysteries that fill me with awe, and leave me stuck for words.
I also love looking at and get inspired by other artists’ work online. Especially those in other disciplines - writers, jewellers, interior designers, etc.
What's helping you through at the moment?
Regular meditation and yoga practice, reading and crafting are helping me stay sane and relaxed.
While online orders and lovely, encouraging messages from my customers are keeping me positive and hopeful for the future.
I try not to push myself at the moment, and take one day at a time.
What are you most looking forward to?
At the moment I am most looking forward to starting some new exciting projects.
Thanks so much for sharing your words and photos, Maria. We are sold out of Maria's work at the moment, but you can head over to her website to delve into her universe... expect intricate drawings, designs for dreaming, and beautiful works of art that can only inspire positive things.