Rugs, paintings, posters, calendars, bags and more! What Micke Lindebergh’s been up to lately

Rugs, posters, calendars, bags! It’s certainly been a multi-disciplinary couple of years for Micke. It’s allowed the illustrator to constantly learn and challenge himself in a new way to deliver such a variety of outputs. “It’s all about imagination and problem solving,” he adds. And working with textiles and interior design has allowed him to stretch these ideas further. “This may sound silly,” he goes on to say on the art of working inter-disciplinarily, “but I think I was exposed to the idea for the first time when I went to Japan. I went to the giant Snoopy shop in Harajuku and you could literally bring Snoopy into every aspect of your life, hyper product design!” He saw Snoopy furniture, clothing, utensils, car seats, sculptures, books, prints, sweets, food and so on and so forth. But importantly, Micke finally goes on to say: “Snoopy taught me that anything is possible.”
The project saw Micke collaborate with BVN architecture and Designer Rugs to finalise the design and consult on the colour palette. He started out, however, taking out some fine nibbed Posca pens and sketching out a few thoughts of the what the rug could be. The final design isn’t that different to these original sketches; the sense of rhythmic freedom still intact but executed with a refined elevation on the tufted rug. And there’s plenty more in Micke’s portfolio. Recently, he’s worked on a calendar with Kentaro Okawara and Kris Andrew Small – an annual project which has now become a tradition for the three contemporary artists.
They first worked together when the Tokyo-based Kentaro came to Sydney for an exhibition. But with all the travel plans in place and with no hopes of working physically together for a while, Micke says, “it was extra nice to make something together, and it made us all feel more connected to the world.” The pair additionally created a poster together in the midst of lockdown last year and Micke says of this fruitful ongoing partnership: “I love working with him, he is a genius.” With busy past times, the future is also bustling for Micke. With a new exhibition Flower Show at the Sydney gallery 93 Bourke Street, Micke is busy painting for the show opening in April 2021. He’s also working with a Japanese brand to do more textiles, and learning how to woodblock print.