Mixed media artist Martina von Isla Del Se talks about her art and her life. Embroidery

Martina Lerede is a creator behind the name Isla Del Se. It is a great pleasure for me to speak to Martina. A very sensitive and confident mixed media artist. She creates thought-provoking works of art. Her collection is called The Temposcopium and consists of various portable clocks and wall clocks that convey a message about time – an opportunity for a recipient to concentrate on the present moment. Martina also creates calligraphy in the form of rows of letters. This is part of a larger mysterious story that you can find on their website. Be sure to visit them too Instragram,

Image by Martina Lerede. All images in this post © 2019 Isla del Se

How did your life influence your art?

I’ve started creating since I was born. Reality is a partial experience that I’ve always felt a bit tense. For me, art is primarily a way of living and experiencing the world, it is my calling, and a calling is not something you choose, it calls you and the more you ignore it, the louder calls them at you. That actually happened to me. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and a real pleasure doing what doesn’t exist, but building my relationship with art got a bit complicated. I have always heard everyone say that I could never have lived with art and the decision to become an artist would have doomed me to social failure. And in the end I believed that. Attending an art academy after graduation was what I longed for the most, but also what scared me the most. I wasn’t strong enough to believe in myself. Then I decided to study at the university and study psychology: I felt lost and thought that at least that way I would have figured out what to do with my life. Perhaps that was a pavid choice of mine and admitting that it’s not pleasant, but it’s still not a choice that I regret at all. Studying psychology really helped me to know myself and that strengthened me. In the end, I dedicated my diploma thesis to the study of the psychological process in the creative process: I wanted to understand who an artist really is and why I was so afraid to become one. Psychology has also given me valuable tools to look into the depths of life, where I usually find the raw material par excellence for my work. So we can see it as an example of a bad choice that puts you in the right place. There is a time for everything in life.

The Temposcopium Panta Rei has been embroidered entirely by hand with carefully selected and recycled materials.

What is your creative process? What are your self-care routines?

My creative process is full of demons. I call demons those flattering voices in your head that always have something to say about your worth, the value of your goals, and your ability to pursue them. The more valuable something is for you, the more merciless demons speak to you. My demons, for example, burst out when I stand in front of a blank page because the ability to express myself creatively is deeply connected to my identity. When I experience a creative block, it never happens because I lack inspiration. I usually never run out of ideas, instead I have too many, an uncomfortable situation when demons fill every effort to convert something into pain with uncertainties: the fear of failure, the fear of undeserved success, the fear that that Result is not as perfect as your expectations and so on. I have spent so many years believing that what my demons told was my own belief in myself, but knowing them all and giving them a name. I realized that this is not true: my demons are of course part of me, but they do not complete me. When I hear them chatting, I know that I can challenge them and prove to them that I have done something wrong and what I am capable of. A tireless inner search has helped me and still helps me a lot. I think the solution to our problem is always within us. We just have to believe that we deserve it.

What do you advise young artists who are on the way to find their way? Who inspires you

started to be serious about the perspective of “becoming”
Artist i firstly
dealt with the difficulty of legitimizing myself to express
me. Our society
has an ambivalent relationship to art: the artist’s work is
but also admired
often viewed as useless, unproductive, and rather selfish.
Internalizing this
Beliefs are shameful for an artist. But I think an artist is
Someone who has
the gift of access to a more symbolic dimension of life
others tend
Neglect and be able to direct it into something tangible
others can
experience, create the chance of a feeling and awareness
what didn’t exist
In front. So you shouldn’t believe those who say that
World not
need art. With a
artistic talent doesn’t mean that you can pour anyway
Visions into reality
without effort. This is the hard part. It’s easy
for a young artist
Losing motivation compared to another successful past or
artists present.
When I look at other artists’ works, I look at their bodies
work in its entirety,
Tracking its development over time; watch like others
Artists had started
finding out how her art was influenced by her life
me this realization
your voice is a long process where it’s ok to experiment, too
Fail. You need
to experience yourself, to find your voice, and to experience questions
for mistakes and
Art through which
is the movement with which humanity sets off
spiritual dimension of
So life is a tension, an uninterrupted search, maybe endless. I
don’t think an artist
has ever found his or her voice once and for all, he or she
had been looking for it
restless and that made him or her an artist.
Beyond Your Efforts
Result if you decide to dedicate yourself to realizing yours
Calling you are
inspire other people to live their own true selves. This is
not selfish,
because the world needs happy people because frustration
leads to many
Problems otherwise. In addition, only if you do what you are
born for you
Give the best of yourself to others.

What is your perspective on the artist career? Is a career really important? Should the artist sell his art?

earn money
Art is a worrying topic for me. On the one hand, I want to
don’t have to sell
my art because i would rather experience art than purpose
per se
without the risk of making it a means for a second purpose,
which most
Time is money. It would be shameful. Anyway everyone needs
Money to live; knowing
that I could make a living by working my hands, my heart
and all my mind
would surely make me happy and fulfilled. But to be honest, it’s me
still very bad
to sell myself. I’ve spent the past few years finding that
Just show courage
starting my job and being able to fulfill myself because
is a
Opportunity to get my work to send their message, that’s what
Art is for. purchase
Art is not just about owning something anyway
about the support of
The artist’s work is a way of saying, “I appreciate what you do,
please go on
it “. That’s nice.

what do you
Create as an artist? What is your artistic message? What is
the importance of your
Art? Do you have a kind of mission statement?
What is your ideal
Lifestyle? What would you change in your life / in the modern age?
human lifestyle?

I look at
My art is a psychological and poetic exploration of life. I am
naturally inclined
to see what lies behind the surface of life in its highest form
forgotten details,
I tend to question what exists and experiment with new symbols
Connections, i
I mostly do metaphores with any medium I can work with. My
Work is encouraged
by the idea that what we are aware of is also about it
we are only one
However, a small part of what exists is often all that we restrict
us too
Experience. So we only live partially because we live on earth
Surface of life
and from us, secretly neglecting what lies behind
Shaping our decisions and
Determine who we are. This lack of attention often protects
us in pain though
impoverish us, let us live roughly, incompletely.
If I
I took my desire to devote myself to the art that I have
Motivation in the urgency to give this person in hiding a voice
World, forget it
and denied. For example, every tempo scope is an opportunity to do so
Question about
the real meaning of time, beyond our common belief. We are
used to
Experience time as a measurable dimension, that’s why we are all
our wrist and a watch in our homes; We consider time as a donkey
around strapped
the millstone of our life and so we believe we have it. But is
Time really that?
Is this the best way to use it? Every tempo scope is one
Question everyone
artwork by me is a question, a chance to doubt reality
to find it
ever richer and deeper, with the aim of realizing it in reality
Wholeness with our
conscious experience of it.

Thank you very much, Martina, for the wonderful inspiration and the insight into your perspective. I can’t wait to see it Your new artworks and letters,


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