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We feature some of our favorite Etsy artists in our September catalog, including Eden Some‘s abstract black ink drawings! Read our interview with the artist behind the Manjuzaka Etsy shop, and see more of this Morocco-based artist’s work…

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What’s your history as an artist?

I think I was born to be an artist. When I was in primary school in Hong Kong, the art teacher only taught us how to use traditional black ink for calligraphy. I didn’t have much interested in that. Honestly I hated the black ink when I was a small boy, especially when all I saw was traditional ink wash paintings with foggy landscapes and trees on a mountain.

Then one day, I got this idea that I could turn my hatred into love, and make black ink drawings that were somewhat conceptualized and abstract, more like contemporary art. I started to paint quite lot in the Summer of 2010, and it was just like volcano exploding. It was never my intention or plan to “become a professional artist.”

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What has been inspiring you, recently?

I don’t search for inspiration intentionally. I’d rather just wait for it to come naturally.

I live alone in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It has been one of the most inspiring experiences in my life. Moving to this country has been so meaningful. Days here are always full of stimulation and magnetism. The most difficult thing to explain is why I love it so much. I simply explain: ” Morocco chose me.”

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Is there a central theme or philosophy behind your work?

I believe each painting has its own theme and the concept within. Sometimes I have absolutely no idea what am I painting about. It’s more of a mystery. And it’s up to the viewer.

Some people tell me that my artworks are “full of emotion.” It’s always surprising and wonderful to hear what people see in my artworks. It may be related to their life, their philosophy, their memory… This makes the work feel worthwhile.

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Is art your hobby, your job, or something else entirely?

I never define it. “It is what it is.” I don’t care about the title. I have no problem with “a country man who know to paint.” But it doesn’t mean that I paint to prove the value of my existence, otherwise I’d just be “using” art.

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Do you have a personal motto?

“Most of the time I can’t remember what I’ve ever painted…”

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Eden Some‘s abstract ink drawings are featured in our September catalog, and on westelm.com. You can see more of his work on Etsy.

Read about all of our catalog-featured Etsy artists here!

Images: Eden Some and west elm

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September 3, 2013

Oh I am so excited to see Eden’s work here! I’ve been a fan of his for awhile on Etsy and have grown to know his work and love his style. This is such a treat for the world of West Elm and I am sure for him!!!!

Thank you !

Anita T.

September 16, 2013

Congratulations to Eden! His work has made a deep impression on me since I discovered his shop on Etsy about a year ago. His paintings are full of movement and energy. I am happy for him to be chosen as the featured artist!


October 27, 2013

Absolutely love his work. There’s something almost scientific about it…yet so ethereal. It truly makes me stop and contemplate. I’m a seller on Etsy and have been a fan of his for a while…congrats to him being a featured artist!!

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