06. Metraeda

01. How would you define Metraeda?

The name ist a mixture of Tetraeder (a triangular pyramid) and geometry because I only use geometrical forms, mostly triangles, to build my artworks.
Street art is art for everybody. There is no curator, no entrance fee, you can do whatever you like to make the world a little brighter and colourful. It is such a pleasure when other people are delighted to find my artworks or even are inspired to be creative themselves.

02. How did all begin? How long have you been with this?

It began a few years ago. I visited a big street art exhibition and was really impressed by all the amazing artworks. I made new friends there and was given lots of stickers as presents. That was the point when I decided to start street art by myself. I wanted to give something back.

03. Why do you attaching stickers?

When you start street art, stickers are the easiest thing to begin with. By now I also do lots of other stuff, like paste ups, paintings, lasercuts… At first, I cut stickers out of foil (I still do this when I have the time). Later on I started printing photos of my own works, such as paste ups in the streets, as a sticker

04. An interesting anecdote?

I was in Dubai a few years ago. There isn’t a single sticker or graffiti anywhere. Living in a city where every lantern, street sign and electricity box is full of stickers, this was a big contrast for me. Art makes such a big difference. Dubai was so clean and…boring… I was glad to be home again. It’s art that gives a city charm, identity and uniqueness.

05. How do you see the sticker culture? Is there really subculture?

Yes, of course. There are so many different types of sticker. There are people who print stickers and stick thousands of them anywhere. Others only create handmade stickers (styles made with foil, drawing, etc.) and carefully place them at well-known spots. There is also a lot of sticker trade. At first, I was overwhelmed and also overburdened to cope with all the requests because I only had my handcut stickers and it costs a lot of time to make them. And then you get these huuuuge packages from other artists and feel bad that you only have a handful to send back. So printing stickers is a good way to distribute more. Anyway, I like the handmade ones more.
I also really like making collaborations. We regularly meet for crafting evenings where everybody is cutting stickers and we create big collaborations for the streets.

06. Do you considerer this movement like an art? What do you try to transmit with this?

Yes, most of them, even the printed ones, are art. They make the whole world a little more colorful. And it’s a good way to distribute messages, such as “say no to racism” or “refugees are welcome”.

07. Anything new in mind?

I have always something new in mind 😀 I only need more time to implement all plans.

08. Farthest place where do you have gone? Where would you like see your stickers?

Thanks to Instagram and the big trade between artists, you can find my stickers literally all around the world (Russia, America, Asia…). To be honest, I haven’t traded that much so far, so you have to be lucky to see one in other countries. If you asked me a week ago, I would have said I’d love to see them in London but thanks to a good friend you can find them there too, now.

09. Some advice for the people are beginning in this art?

Respect other artists, don’t stick your stuff over other stickers (except the racism ones) and just do it. Do what you like, explore yourself, there is no curator on the streets.

10. Someone who had been a reference for you?

There are lots of artists who inspired me, far more than I could mention.

11. Whom would you offer next month?

I recommend “Rubinski Art”. He makes amazing collaborations out of different stickers, I really love it!

Do you have anyting to say? Greatings and thank you?

Thank you for having me, thanks to “Creep Kollektiv” for naming me and to all my friends, especially in Düsseldorf and Cologne for inspiring me.

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