Over the next coming Sundays I shall be posting my own artist interviews with some of my favourite people who reside in this multitalented world of art… Today we have the the wonderful Lynsey Harris to answer a few questions… over to you Lynsey!
First of all, who are you?
Hiya, my name is Lynsey Harris & I’m a coffee fuelled designer maker based in the West Midlands. My business is called Lynsey Luu which consists of quirky jewellery & playful gifts for truly awesome people!
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
Well I originally wanted to be a veterinary nurse thinking I could just play with all the animals all day haha! That changed when my dad mentioned about having to put down the very ill pets & that I pass out when I see injections. So that was a no go! Luckily I’ve always loved drawing & getting messy with paint.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
Ermm, nothing’s really coming to mind apart from having to hide in-between my display boards at one of my stockists for the photographer from the newspaper Express & Star. I was being interviewed & they wanted some shots of me by my work. The photographer made me pop my head out from my display & get in weird positions while there were customers watching! To be fair the photos turned out great despite the awkwardness I felt haha
What is the hardest part of being creative?
There’s a few things but it’s mainly self doubt & it can be lonely working from home on your own. I’m part of a handmade community that helps with any doubts or struggles, I think we’re all in the same boat so it’s good to chat online with them. They’ve helped me so much with my business, they give great advice & pick you up if you’re having a down day.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Find a creative community of your own to bounce ideas around & support each other. Help & encourage others when you can because we need more kindness in the world.
What subjects inspire you?
I take a lot of inspiration from nature whether thats drawing animals like foxes or using dried flowers in my resin pieces. I’ve recently been expanding my animal designs as well as creating larger resin pieces. Im always on the look out for new things to draw or make. The other side of my work includes being cheeky & hopefully getting a few giggles from my customers. My greetings cards can be very hit or miss due to some of the profanity but you can’t win them all! Haha
Some other things that inspire me include Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, horror/sci-fi films & video games. There’s also anything completely silly like Vic & Bob, Bottom & Blackadder.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
Jo Burgess from Patternoium – her drawings are so detailed & I love the thought process behind them. I look forward to seeing what else can come from her wacky mind!! They don’t call her Wacky Jo for nothing! 😉
Katie Abey – now she’s uses ultimate colour, positive vibes & she’s puntastic! (I love a good pun!) Katie creates a variety of products that all put a smile on your face plus she loves Harry Potter, what more could you want?!
Laura Slade Art – OMG her paintings are amazing! She painted me an otter dressed as Harry Potter!!! Need I say anymore? Her pet portraits capture the cheeky personalities of each animal, you can see it in their eyes. Im saving up for her to paint my two pups!
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Salvador Dali – His work has always been a love of mine with his weird & wonderful surreal paintings. They give you a sense of escapism, somewhere to explore when the real world doesn’t seem appealing.
Roy Lictenstein – Bold colour & strong lines! LOVE IT! I do love a black outline to define a piece especially if there’s a couple of bold colours to follow, you’ll see hints of that throughout my work.
Escher – Another weird & wonderful artist with his impossible rooms & tessellating animals. I love how he brings chaos in his artwork but also there’s a sense of order to it that brilliantly contradicts itself.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
There’s something so beautiful about beetles & I kinda like that they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. It makes them more appealing to me so I had to make one.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
A cosmic foxy chops necklace <3
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Mature cheddar, you know the kind thats so mature it starts to crumble? Yeaaa that!
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