How would you describe yourself?
Here we go: People call me Lea and Ulrike, sometimes Kaline, Ulme or Mama (and countless nicknames people have given me over the last 42 years). I’m a late person living in a country of on-time people, I’m a creative dervish, I’ve lived on an island where I moved when I was 14-ish without my family.
In my head numbers and letters have colorful representations (a phenomenon called graphem #synesthesia), I LOVE music concerts and festivals and I love love love to dance.
I don’t like eggs and green is a difficult color (but I’m slowly making friends with it). Sometimes I carve spoons, sometimes I sew, draw or dig holes into soil and I grow my own vegetables. I’ve got three rides and I’m dreaming of a long long bike packing trip with my family in the summer.
Besides doing other things I’ve studied German Literature, Politics and Psychology and am now accidentally working as a potter which is in my eyes the fucking best thing in the world!!!!
Three words that describe your style:
Colourful, playful, whimsical.
Doing/wanting too many things at a time, sometimes impatient and hard to stop.
What you wanted to be as a child?
I wanted to be a farmer and draw children's books.
What's your favorite children's book?
I still thrift a LOT of children's books. Mostly from the 60s/70s/80s because I love how kids books were illustrated during that time. Some favorites from my own childhood are: The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle, Theodore and the Talking Mushroom by Leo Lionni, The Apple and the Moth by Iela & Enzo Mari, The Golden Apple by Celestino Piatti and all books from Michael Ende, Astrid Lindgren and many many more…
Favorite things about Oeuf:
The whole universe, sense and use of colours, design language and all the small details that make them very different from other brands.
Ulrike's house designs are featured throughout our much-loved organic Pima cotton and organic French Terry styles, available here. They will also be featured throughout our baby alpaca and Merino wool styles, which are coming October 21st.
Kids names and ages:
Mika, 13, and Felix, 10.
How would your kids describe you in 3 words?
I just asked them and this is what they said: "Warm, funny, creative" from Felix, "My wondeful Mama" from Mika.
What's your most cherished family activity?
What’s one thing you would tell your younger self?
You don’t have to be afraid. (When I was a kid I was scared of so many things.)
Where is your happy place?
It's not a physical place, I’m carrying it with me all the time and it crawls out in certain moments.
What's your favorite activity?
Crafting (whittling/carving, knitting, sewing, baking and sometimes building crazy costumes. I’m a DIY person from head to toe and always hungry to learn new things. Next thing I wanna do is weaving. I want to make my own carpet and also want to learn how to make baskets), listening to and collecting music, concerts & festivals, gardening, cycling and swimming.
Favorite place to visit (with or without kids) and why:
The forest and the sea because they make me feel like home.
What’s your favorite thing about you?
That I’m always thinking positive and that I totally live in the here and now.
All images provided by Ulrike Lea Moormann.