Continuing on with the Sunday Artist Interviews – many are lined up, so keep checking back, I think we need a few more distractions from the rather scary times we’re all living in right now! I’ve actually been doing these interviews a year now! Here’s Lindsay to tell you a bit about herself and her art….
First of all, who are you?
I’m Lindsay the person behind Slumbermonkey Designs and a designer and maker of illustrated jewellery, stationery and wood gifts. Originally from Norfolk,I’m now based in North Dorset where I’m lucky enough to have my studio in the garden. I work full-time on my business, a decision I made when I left teaching about 18 months ago. I spent over 12 years teaching Art and Design to GCSE level but the lure of being my own boss became too much. Originally I trained as a textile designer and worked in merchandising .
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I knew I wanted to be creative so quite often I would say artist. I loved films too so costume designer springs to mind.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
At college I was doing some screen printing and lifted the screen above my head forgetting that the dye wast here. The whole lot of green goo landed on my head!
What is the hardest part of being creative?
Sometimes it’s the solitude, creating alone in your studio and not being able to bounce ideas off lime-minded people. Also selling your work, being full of optimism at the start of an event and then doing very badly. I feel it can be crushing.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Don’t give up! For me it’s been a slow burn. I lacked a huge amount of confidence and it’s taken me a long time to get where I am at the moment. Also, never compare yourself to others. You have your own unique perspective and artist’s viewpoint.
What subjects inspire you?
I love nature in all it’s forms, so plants, leaves and flowers as well as woodland animals. Mid-century design is another influence. Retro patterns from the 50s to the 70s are a great inspiration.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
Tricky as I have such an eclectic taste! David Hockney is a national treasure. I love Grayson Perry irreverance and finally Angiie Lewins, a contemporary printmaker.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
I have always loved Van Gogh and his use of texture and colour. Sonia Delaunay (1885 – 1979) was an artist that applied her work to a diverse range of projects and used colour and shape extensively. Finally I would have to pick Picasso who completely turned how we think about and create art completely upside down.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
My favourite changes all the time! I’m particularly fond of my leaping hare illustration that I’ve turned into a necklace.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
The last piece I sold is actually a quote that is printed onto a coaster. It’s about sending a hug which is really appropriate at the moment.
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Blue cheese, the smellier the better!
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