Muneeza Khan, an artist by passion and heart talks to MOIWrites in this exclusive interview. She is Owner of The Vintage Nerd that lets her express her innate thoughts in the most creative and colorful manner.
1. What inspires you to create art?
Everything that surrounds us, created by the most supreme artist inspires me. The sea inspires my seascapes, the beautiful landscapes around the world inspire my nature studies and the feeling of creating something from a single dot to a design inspires me because of its unknown, magical result. So, I would definitely say my inspiration is a lot of different things all together as one.
2. What type of art have you been creating?
I paint seascapes, landscapes as well as make mandalas and zen art. My product line includes hand-painted magnets and miniature paintings but I also do customized art for clients looking for paintings for their spaces. I’ve also ventured into digital art. I’m a self-taught digital artist as well. I make digital art and then as per the client’s requirement I get it printed for them, on t-shirts, laptop sleeve covers, cushion covers etc. So my arts both manual and digital.
3. What is the story behind the name, “The Vintage Nerd”?
The story behind the name ‘The Vintage Nerd’ is short and sweet. These are basically two words that I associate myself with. I love all things vintage and I’ve always been a complete nerd so put them together and you’ve got a brand by me based on who I am and what I like. It’s very personal to me.
THE VINTAGE NERD is my brainchild and my Art brand that is all about my original, one-of-a-kind art and design work. I’m a mandala artist as well as a seascape and landscape painter with a degree and gold medal in textile print design and visual arts from the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi. The Vintage Nerd was born on April 29, 2016, out of the soul inspiration of sharing my art, my happiness with anyone to everyone who I come across. To me, art has always been a constant journey of learning and growing as an individual. My journey as The Vintage Nerd is on-going and filled with colors and the smell of paints designs with innovative beauty and unlimited experimentation to endless new creations!
4. How will you define Muneeza Khan?
I would say that she’s an artist with a vintage gypsy soul and a Mermaid’s heart. She loves to laugh and live life to its fullest potential because she knows that it is temporary and deserves to be experienced to its utmost potential. She’s hella strong because she’s faced some mighty storms and has survived through them and she’s in love with art, so much that it fills her heart with endless happiness.
5. What challenges do women entrepreneurs face in our society?
There are many challenges that come with the domain. Establishing yourself in your field is never really that easy. The biggest challenge is that most people don’t take home-based businesses seriously. Since it’s a home-based business so marketing is a hassle at times. And thirdly since it’s a home-based business, buyers usually haggle on the price as though it’s a sabzi ka thaila (a roadside vegetable vendor) and not a proper business. These are the top three problems that I personally feel occur a lot. But then problems vary from business to business. This is just from an artist’s perspective.
6. Do you think art is being given its due share in Pakistan?
No, it’s not. I think much like every other field if you’ve got contacts you might get ahead in this field but if you don’t, then galleries don’t give you a chance and finding your place is extremely difficult. Since I have a brand based on art I can also add that people want art for free, if it’s free it’s great but mostly no one wants to pay for a painting. So the art scene is pretty down here.
7. Your advice to the youth of Pakistan?
Recognize whatever your passion is and believe in it and be fierce in making it a reality. You will go places when you join your Passion and belief with fierceness! Good luck.