Jelly: Did anyone or anything particularly inspire you for this?
Mariana: All my inspiration came from the birthplaces and stories behind the coffees. Everything that I learned in my research for this project was my biggest inspiration without a doubt. It’s amazing how this little bean means so much to so many people! Even the colours of the packagings were inspired by their origins and distinctive flavours.
Ethiopia Harrar grows on an arid and mountainous landscape and it’s much lighter and flowery than the Robusta — so I used shades of ocres, orange, yellow and light brown to transmit this.
Uganda grows near lakes, low mountainous landscapes and lush vegetation and it’s more intense and deeper, with notes of chocolate — this translated into darker browns, deep greens and blues.
Jelly: How would you describe your artistic style generally?
Mariana: Detailed. Details are the thing that gives me most joy. Working on detail upon detail, things so small that nobody else notices — and Nature also hides a lot of details that can’t be seen with the naked eye. I love when people tell me they can’t see everything at first glance when they look at my illustrations. And that they need to look a second and third time so they can discover everything. Details with a bit of magic is my style.
Jelly: What are you currently fascinated by and how is it feeding into your work?
Mariana: I’ve been coming back to one of my main inspirations — the work of Ernst Haeckel. I’ve been looking into is work a lot again and it’s a major inspiration in my latest personal project called Imaginarium. I love creating new flowers and shapes, and this personal project shows a mix of things that exist in the real world (like a jellyfish) but have forms and colours that come from my own imagination.