I’m continually honored and blown away by all the companies, businesses, and entrepreneurs in the ballet/dance world. There’s truly such a sense of support, encouragement, and kindness. Doing this blog series, Getting to Know, has only further embedded this feeling, as I’ve had so much fun speaking and communicating with each of the companies that’s I’ve highlighted on the blog. Today’s blog is a practically beautiful one, as I share my Q&A with the artist behind Pointebrush , Margot Hallac. From custom commissions, hand painted prints, and so much more, Pointebrush truly captures that elegance and beauty behind the world of ballet.
1. How did you get involved in the dance world?
I started dancing when I was about 3 years old. My mom was a dancer, not professional, but a serious dancer. In fact, she actually named me after Margot Fonteyn. First I was training in a small school then I enrolled in what was at the time the only professional and pre-professional ballet school in Hong Kong, which is where I grew up. It was called the Jean Wong School of Ballet and that’s where I danced until the age of 12 or 13. When things began to become more serious I realized that I was really just not happy. At the time I was doing the RAD method, which strongly emphasizes the importance of yearly examinations. I felt uninspired, as the whole academic year focused on one exam. I’m not sure if it still this way, but for me as a child I was unable to find the joy of dance because of this. As a kid, I learned lots about technique but there seemed to be nothing musical or inspiring about it. I really only discovered the joy of dancing as an adult.
2. When and why was Pointebrush created?
Pointebrush was created around the same time I came back to ballet. I was working as a graphic designer, which I still am, and I wanted to go to hand illustrations. Most graphic designers spend all day working on the computer doing typography and very rarely using your hands or doing anything artsy. So I wanted to go back to painting and creating art for myself. I started trying different techniques and experimenting with them. I found that ballet was one of the most inspiring things to me and it was what I wanted to paint most. I began illustrating some of the ballerinas that I found to be the most beautiful then I would share my work and tag the dancers and/or companies. Overtime, my name began to snowball and it began an amazing journey. I truly never thought that this hobby would turn into something bigger . I’m excited to continue to keep building on creating beautiful things for both dancers and non dancers as I continue to find things that inspire me.
3. What are your most popular products and paintings?
Products include Paperie, that features notebooks, journals, greeting cards, and stationery. There’s also home decor which includes Art Prints, Original Art, Posters, Pillows and even Drinkware. Plus, you can even dress and accessorize with shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, phone cases and bags.
Check her out!
Be sure to follow Pointebrush on social media and check out the website, which features home decor, apparel, accessories, and so much more! As usual, links can be found in the pictures and italicized words above so you can shop in just a click. It was truly such an honor and joy to Chad with Margot Hallac . She is just as lovely as her artwork!
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