As captivating as her solo work is, Isa’s group projects are just as astonishing. Her involvement with The Weird Crew, a team of ten artists coming from Germany and Austria – of which she is the only female, has allowed her to mesh her style with that of the other members, fusing their different backgrounds into a number of hypnotizing artworks. “When I paint with the ‘Weird’ boys, it is challenging at first, because everybody has their own artistic mentality, but once we figure out what we want to do, it’s great fun. Collaborating with other creative people can be amazing. Teamwork is the perfect way to grow and learn.” It’s the same team spirit that also defines the work Isa does for her and her husband’s company, Wald und Schwert. When she discovered how much she enjoyed making illustrations for clients, they decided to mix their talents and combine her illustration with his graphic design skills to create their own brand. Soon enough, their roles were intertwined and now they’re both working in all aspects of the company, including branding. At times, keeping the balance between solo projects and their shared business is tough. But working for people who trust the couple’s ideas and satisfying their needs is what ultimately makes this joint venture “super relaxed and fun”.
Most importantly, Wald und Schwert provides Isa with many more outlets to release her creativity, while maintaining her signature style. One day she’ll be crafting quick-witted ads and the following she’ll be making printed paper goods, from invitations to cards and posters. When she’s not spending her nights painting on canvas, listening to music and drinking coffee, you’ll probably find her working on a digital project with her beloved wacom cintiq pen in hand. Or you might even see her relaxing at the Kaffeehaus, her favourite place in the city. Naturally, she finds inspiration in its vintage atmosphere, which immediately carries her to another era. Besides, this is what made her fall in love with Vienna in the first place. “What I love the most about Vienna is the fact that you can travel back in time but, at the same time, the city somehow stays young and modern.” If you don’t happen to visit the Austrian capital any time soon, you may instead catch a glimpse of Isa’s surreal universe through one of the large murals she’s now preparing in Brussels and Luxembourg. Dream away as you let the acrylics show you the way. ■ http://www.frau-isa.com | @frauisa
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