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Artist Sabine Marcelis on creating for Miss Dior and what keeps her inspired

In celebration of the relaunch of one of the world's most iconic fragrances, Miss Dior, Dior Beauty has created a particularly special experience. Dior is hosting an art exhibition, wholly inspired by Miss Dior at none other than the famed Le Château de La Colle Noire. Running from October 15 to November 1, 12 female artists from around the world were given carte blanche to reimagine the Miss Dior bottle.

New Zealand native Sabine was among the 12 names selected for this special execution. The artist, who has a deep fascination with manipulating light took inspiration from the Miss Dior bow to create her unique piece. Currently based in Rotterdam, Sabine created a sensual and telling interpretation that heralds the femininity and joy of Miss Dior. Here, we connect with Sabine on her Miss Dior artwork, what drives her creativity and why her days never look the same.


What is something most people don’t know about you?

I studied economics before getting bored and moving onto design.


What drives your creativity? Where do you draw inspiration from?

I am just very hungry to learn and try and challenge myself, my team and materials and production processes. Without that hunger, I think I would stop. Nature and technology equally inspire me also. To take inspiration from natural phenomena and capture that through the use of technology in to design pieces.



What was your particular inspiration for the piece you created for Miss Dior?

The iconic bow. I wanted to create a visually striking piece which celebrated and drew all attention to the bow. It’s as if the ribbon has been blown out from the bow and dances around the bottle to both frame and balance it is space.


What do you want people to take from this particular work?

I always strive to make people curious. I would want people to really wonder how on earth this is made and how it can be balancing the way it is. It is a playful piece, so I hope people take away both a sense of wonder and a sense of happiness.


What does a day look like for you? Are there daily rituals no matter what you are working on?

I am not big on routine. Every day is different and that’s exactly how I like it.


How do you create a dialogue between objects and audiences?

I always hope to create a moment of wonder, to design pieces which make you want to take a second glance. Static pieces which are not experienced in a static way, because of the way the light (both natural and artifial) interacts with the work, it is experienced differently from all angels. I think this creates a dialogue as there is a curiosity form the viewer and an offering from the work itself.




Why do you choose to work with resin? How is it different other mediums you’ve worked with?

My work always stems from a fascination with something and I have been fascinated with manipulating light for a long time. Materials which allow for manipulation of their transparency and reflective qualities are the most interesting to work with when playing with light -which is why resin and glass have been my materials of choice.


What do you most admire in other artists’ work?

The ability to push limits. Creative brains have so much power; To break boundaries and push limits with that power is the most exciting to see and witness.


What is your proudest achievement?

My solo show in the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion just before the pandemic. It was such an honour to have my work presented in this iconic architectural masterpiece. I will be launching the exhibition catalogue in October in the pavilion and can’t wait to go back again!


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