Lost Children Found: Tina Mose

Words - Rebecca Mery Photos - Evan Mery and Courtesy of Artist

Melbourne Music Week is just around the corner and Melbourne Arts Club is getting involved in the action, by way of a pop-up gallery at the Lost Children Found showcase. Headlined by World’s End Press, Lost Children Found is a night of music and art – the kind that comes with a sense of ‘I’m doing something good for the world’ alongside every beer you drink.

Profits from the night of music, pop-up dining, good drinking and an art showcase will benefit the Lost Children's Project, an organisation empowering communities and putting education and a promising future within reach for children in need.

Five Melbourne Arts Club artists will be involved in Lost Children Found, each taking a turn chatting to punters and creating art live at the event. We’ll be chatting to each artist in the coming week or so, starting with Danish-born illustrator, Tina Mose.


What have you done so far today?

I work up quite early, went to yoga and got ready to meet you guys in Melbourne. I live in Jan Juc so I took the train up. I actually love the train – always lots of different characters.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by kids and how their imagination works. I wish that we still could see the world the way they do. I love airports – I'm addicted to buying flight tickets so I travel a lot, and I find a lot of my inspiration from traveling and seeing different cultures. But most of all, I find inspiration in my memories.

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Your work exudes Scandinavian vibes and a child-like playfulness – what draws you to these themes?

I grew up in a small fishing town on the Danish west coast, and on hot summer days my mother and I would ride our bikes down to the water. We could sit for hours on the dock watching the fishermen coming in from shore. I can still remember the smell from the boats oh, they stank!  The whole town would light up when the fisherman were on land for a few days. Most of my themes are inspired by childhood memories.

What were you like as a kid?

I was a tomboy. I hung out with boys, played ice hockey and climbed trees. I always came home with my new clothes torn apart and with scratches on my knees – my mom could not get me to wear a dress. I loved my drawing books and Barbie dolls too; I could sit for hours drawing. Often my mom had to check on me because I would be so quiet in my room busily drawing.


Do you listen to music while you work? If so, do the tunes ever seep into your work?

I'm always listening to music when I draw, I can’t concentrated without music. It sounds quite stupid but after growing up in a house with the stereo always playing, I feel something is missing when there is no music. We didn’t watch that much TV at our childhood home, but we used to play a game where my mother would put on a vinyl record and my brother and I would have to guess the artist, album or song and score points for most correct answers. I have a lot of good memories through music and that is the main reason I listen to music when I draw – to recall memories. I use my memories as the theme or inspiration for my art.

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What's your creative process like? Do you have a routine you stick to?

I don’t have a routine, but I prefer drawing during the night with earphones and loud music. I have a better focus when I am on my own. I often get a lot of ideas at the same time, so I start by writing them down and then doing quick sketches before I draw them up. Right now I’m working on this new concept and I am stitching up the clothing on my characters. I’ll make a colour combination beforehand, and do a few stitches on some waste paper.


Melbourne Music Week is imminent – will you be checking out any events or artists in particular?

I will of course be at the Lost Children project and I’d love to do the Tram Jam but it is sold out. I think I’ll check out Video Killed The Radio. There’s so much good stuff, so I need to take a closer look at the program. You will definitely find me in Melbourne most of the days that week.

If you weren't creating art, what would you be doing?

I always wanted to become a doctor, but somehow I ended up in the creative industry instead. One of the teachers from my final year at college told me she bet that if she met me five years after graduation I’d be studying something creative and not medicine. I would love to meet that teacher today to ask how she knew.


If you had entrance music or a theme song, what would it be?

Haha, that’s a hard one. I sometimes visualise that my life as a film and I try to think of a soundtrack for it – I love music I think one would be ‘Love It Or Leave It’ by Asaf Avidn. I have seen a lot of things, and I believe in the song ‘Love It Or Leave It’.