Joining us from England is Libert forrest. Libert chats with Mark about how the pandemeic has hit her village a few hours from London.
No wonder she’s been working in the branding space for the past 30 years running an office in New York and Sydney. Her specialty? Helping people recognize who they are — so others can. Dubbed brand psychologist by Time Inc. when her agency launched People Weekly magazine in the Australian market, she’s continued her consulting after selling the agency as well as speaking and running her signature NY Brand Lab workshops across the US, Latin America and Australia. www.maryvandewiel.com
Fast forward to 2016: One day, this NY-based brand consultant landed in the middle of Mexico, picked up a brush and a can of black house and started to paint floor to ceiling for the first time in her life. It turned her world upside down. Always the incurable doodler, those damn doodles refused to be doodles anymore. Hello, Black Line Crazy. Following a successful exhibition in Australia and Mexico, her first public art installation, What Were You Thinking, was unveiled last September in the UBS corporate bank lobby at 1285 Avenue of the Americas.
Van de Wiel recently launched the first online design shop for the Black Line Crazy Limited Edition Collection. It started with messenger bags and totes, with each piece based on a signed original painting. Now it includes the Wool Collection featuring one-of-a-kind hand woven pieces made by master craftsmen in Mexico. www.blacklinecrazy.com
Listen to Liberty, Mary and Mark here: