Inspiration Lab


Brook & Lyn
September 2, 2014, 4:00 am
Filed under: Craft

As you’ve probably guessed by now I have a total weakness for craft and I’ve been wanting to do some woven pieces ever since I fell madly in love with the work of Brook & Lyn, husband and wife artist duo based in…yes, you’ve guessed it: Los Angeles! ;-) I always think it’s so inspiring to see old technics used in a modern way and their work is definitely that! Their use of colour and texture is just sublime!

See more: http://brookandlyn.com

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Austin Kleon – You’re a hero!
September 1, 2014, 6:55 am
Filed under: Books

I do feel a little overly dramatic thanking people I have never actually met (and probably never will meet) for bringing me back to my senses. And that right here on my possibly deceased blog. But I really have to thank this brilliant guy. If you haven’t already read his books you should click STRAIGHT in to Amazon (or whichever bookstore you prefer, I’m not in their pockets ;-)) and buy them. I read “Steal Like an Artist” a while back and kinda forgot its’ brilliancy (SHAME ON ME!) but on a recent holiday to Barcelona I stumbled upon his latest book “Show Your Work” in a museum shop and thought it might be a lovely holiday inspirational read and I was right! Seriously, my first thought when I had read it was: I HAVE TO GET BACK TO BLOGGING!!! And here I am. So thank you Austin, I know you don’t answer e-mails (says so in your book) so I’m just gonna put my humble thanks right here :-)

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Go see his fab TED talk from a few years back too.

And I’m gonna go ahead and “steal” this chart from “Steal like an Artist” for a coming course on originality…ofcourse paying my credits to the man ;-)

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Lil’Ol’Lady quit!
August 31, 2014, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Craft

I realise I’ve been a bit of tease about getting the blog back on track, empty promises and what have you!?!? But now I REALLY will do my best because it’s for my own good. You see I quit my job to be an independent designer and to do exactly what I want. I don’t know yet where this will take me, but my greatest fear is having regrets when I’m 85 thinking “what if?” so I took the leap. Cause it’s better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all. And you only live once! YOLO! That’s why I made this promotion piece to celebrate my decision. The  inappropriate diet theme is a comment on the stuff I would do if I knew I would die tomorrow, I would eat cake, sweets and bacon and drink lots of wine and cocktails :-)

So I hope you all out there will take a leap too. And whatever you do, live well and go out with a BANG! with no regrets!

See more of my work: www.lilollady.com

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Mel Ramos
April 7, 2014, 8:48 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Bless me Blogosphere for I have sinned. It’s been 1 year 1 week and 6 days since my last post. You will have gone elsewhere for your daily kick of inspiration by now, and this blog might be a digital desert. But I shall try to resuscitate it and lure you back nevertheless. I’m gonna use the cheapest trick in the book for that: naked ladies! But not just any naked ladies (this is a respectable blog you know!) the naked ladies of the amazing American artist Mel Ramos. I just love the way he comments on commercial culture, consumerism, branding and the fact that sex sells in his work. Or maybe he’s just a dirty old man? Either way I’m a BIG fan :-)

See more: http://www.melramos.com

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Nick Lu
March 25, 2013, 7:09 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Look at the these wonderful illustrations by Nick Lu. He also does wonderful lettering but I’m so in love with his illustrations. Some of them are rough naive shapes with lots of texture and others are very detailed with loads of colour. I am loving the versatility!

See more: http://nicklu.com

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Lovisa Burfitt
March 22, 2013, 6:55 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Chances are if you’ve been in an H&M sometime in the last couple of years you’ve seen the work by illustrator Lovisa Burfitt but maybe you didn’t know who she was so I want to pay her proper credit cause I LOVE her work. The illustrations are so rough around the edges but still super beautiful and feminine. I love that contrast! The difference in strokes and textures make these work so well.

See more: http://www.lovisaburfitt.com/

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TYPO Berlin 2013
March 21, 2013, 6:52 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Typography

OK it’s official now and I can shout it from the rooftops: I’M SPEAKING AT TYPO BERLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!….as you can probably tell I’m slightly exhited about that ;-) I go there every year with my students and I can’t believe that THIS year I’ll be there to speak. Quite daunting, but also really REALLY awesome! Come watch if you’re there Thursday at 3 pm.

Check out the impressive list of speakers. It’s win win for me really, as there will also be lots of other speakers that I want to see. Like Kate Moross and Jessica Walsh just check out the fab work below.

See more: http://www.katemoross.com/

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See more: http://www.sagmeisterwalsh.com/

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