Maike Dietrich

Designer – Berlin

Maike Dietrich is the woman for really big knit stitches. Her colourful chunky knits are eye-catching in their voluptuousness alone and keep you warm through the cold Berlin winters like a loving hug.

What’s the most important sense to you?
Sight.

Why?
Because I’ve had bad eyes since I was a child, and despite glasses or contacts I can never attain perfect vision. So I suppose this sense seems all the more precious to me because it is limited or at risk.

As a creative person, what’s your vision for your personal work?
My vision is to be able to express myself through my creative work and share my pleasure by feeding it into the creation of a great product.

What is your tactic for making the world a better place?
My tactic is debate, consciousness and confidence and also becoming a little wiser the older one gets. Through my work with knitwear I combine modernity with traditional handicrafts and nostalgia and so give impulse for pause for thought, deceleration and comfort in a world where high speed, virtuality, superlatives and globalisation are playing an increasingly important role.

When was the last time you gave back and what did you do?
Listening and giving advice. When is difficult to say; quite often over the last few years. Before that it was usually the other way around: it was usually about my issues and me needing advice.

Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise. Sunrises usually have a unique breathtaking atmosphere about them, with the air of new promise, symbolising the beginning of something being created.

What do you visualise for IWISHUSUN?
That the sun touches you, giving you light and positive energy.

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