Maria Kirk Mikkelsen

portrait Maria Kirk Mikkelsen

“I am a Danish designer, researcher and educator. I am passionate about design and especially about how we design. My expertise lies in the intersection between Colour and Material Design, Design Methodology, Aesthetic Practise and Education. I currently work as Teaching Associate Professor at Design School Kolding where I teach Colour and Material Design as well as conduct artistic research.”

Contact: hallo@gemakker.com

Education:
2019-2020 University Pedagogy, University of Southern Denmark
2017 Certified NCS Colour Adviser, NCS Stockholm
2015-2016 Certified Process Consultant, Go-process og VIA Århus
2009 Projektledelse, IBC Kolding
2002-2003 Design Academy Eindhoven, Man & Well-being, The Netherlands
1999-2004 Design School Kolding, Textile Design
1996-1999 Teacher’s college of Art and Crafts, Art department

Design Work:
I am before all a design-practitioner and in that capacity I have executed many designprojects. Soon you will be able to find more information about the projects on this website.

Artistic Research:
2019-2020 Narrating Material Aesthetics; Artistic Research Project at Design School Kolding. The project explores how the material designer creates aesthetic narratives. The project is part of a larger ECCO funded project. The project is described in the publications: ‘Tell it all with Leather and Stripes’ and ‘My Quest for Beauty’.

2018-2019 Colour Theory meets CMF, Artistic Research Project at Design School Kolding. The project explores how classical colour theory can be expanded to take into account the three aspects; material, shape and light. The aim of the project is to create a didactic tool that can be used in colour education for design students, as well as by students in individual projects. The project is described in the publications: ‘Seven Colour Contrasts Materialised’ and ‘Colour Matters’

2015-2016 Composing Colour Harmonies; Artistic Research Project at Design School Kolding. The project explores colour harmonies and how they can be created in design processes. Definitions on harmonies from colour theory and procedures from practising designers are tested and formulated as methods. The aim of the project is to create a didactic tool that can be used in colour education for design students, as well as by students in individual projects. The project is described in the publications: ‘Palet. Den ufuldstændige samling af metoder til udvikling af farvepaletter’, ‘Colour Combos. Methods in design education’ and ‘A Colour Palette Methodology

colour and material composition
Artistic research presentation

Publications:

Mikkelsen, M.K. (2019) ‘Tell it all with Leather and Stripes’ in ‘What is the matter?’ Designskolen Kolding

Mikkelsen, M.K. (2019) ‘My Quest for Beauty’ in ‘What is the matter?’ Designskolen Kolding

Mikkelsen, M.K. (2019) ‘Seven Colour Contrasts Materialised’, ICA-B Colour Symposium 2019

Mikkelsen, MK (2019) ‘Colour Matters’, Designskolen Kolding

Mikkelsen, M.K (2018) ‘A Colour Palette Methodology’, Cultura e Scienza del Colore – Color Culture and Science Journal, 10, pp. 53-58

Mikkelsen, M.K. (2018) ‘Colour Combos. Methods in design education’, Colour-Culture-Science, p.121-127

Mikkelsen, M. & Mikkelsen M.K. (2016) ‘Cultural Diversity – a strong didactic design tool?’ In this place, pp.200-207

Mikkelsen, M.K. (2015) ‘Palet. Den ufuldstændige samling af metoder til udvikling af farvepaletter’, Designskolen Kolding

Mikkelsen, M.K. (2013) ’At væbne sig med usikkerhed’ i Hansen, F.T. ’Kan man undre sig uden ord? Design- og universitetspædagogik på kreative videregående uddannelser’. Ålborg Universitetsforlag

Mikkelsen, M.K. (2013) ’Da jeg skar hovedet af’ i Hansen, F.T. ’Kan man undre sig uden ord? Design- og universitetspædagogik på kreative videregående uddannelser’. Ålborg Universitetsforlag

Design Work and Artistic Research

I divide my work into Design Work and Artistic Research. Both areas contain process and aesthetics, but in different ways and to varying degrees. I define Design Work as having a design solution that has a functional or emotional value for a number of users. For this work, I often use design methods that involve users. In parallel with this type of work, I also have a practice of a more experimental nature. Here I explore materials, form and colour in relation to concept and aesthetics. These projects do not always have a functional value, but they are means to gain knowledge as well as a constant training, a way of staying fresh in the dialogue with the conceptual and aesthetic aspects of design. I strive to show these projects at Exhibitions and share findings and reflections in publications.

Portrait photo by Katrine Worsøe