Artsy Hooligans | Laura Blythman
I have been a fan of your work for a long time, it is so colorful and fun! What is your favorite part about creating these magical pieces? The brainstorming, the process or the final masterpiece?
Well my favourite part would definitely be starting the cutting my painted paper and assembling process and then watching how my idea appears. It often evolves from my initial sketch into something similar but different and better. I get an awesome burst of creative adrenaline and happiness when an artwork starts to come together. Sticking each little piece down is a slow slow and sometimes tedious process, but satisfying once finished!
You use many colors in your work but do you have a favorite color to work with?
Yes definitely, I can’t deny my love for pink, neon pink, peach, neon peach, pastel pink, pastel peach, and so on…
How did you get started in designing and illustrating?
I’ve been designing, illustrating, and creating product in some form or another since leaving university with a BA in Graphic Design 12 years ago.
Over the first 7 or so years I worked as an in house designer for some major companies and dabbled in freelance design as well as always creating my own art.
After I had my kiddo Alexander 5 years ago I have focussed solely on creating my own art and products as well as collaborating with some ace brands and also doing the occasional freelance design work.
Do you have your own artwork all around your house?
Yes, I do! Is that embarassing? Oh well.
I also have LOADS of art and objects created by many creative friends and artists I love. My house is full of colour and fun.
Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?
I’m inspired by colour palettes, nature, flora, fauna, dreamt and imagined landscapes, shadows cast by layered paper…
Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to be creating more art, exhibiting my art more and I’ll hopefully release yearly collections of products and things that I produce. Also, I’ll hopefully have staff! Help with the day to day running of my business, freeing up more time to just be creative. I love what I do. I see so much potential and possibilities in every collage or artwork I make.
A physical shop / shared studio space would be amazing too!
And I hope Alexander (my 5 year old) and I will have a dog. A curly haired dog of some sort.
We see many collaborations with cushions, clothing, and shoes on your Instagram, what is your favorite collaboration thus far?
I absolutely LOVED collaborating with The National Gallery of Victoria on a Kids festival workshop inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei. Thousands of kids came along and it was the most heartwarming and positive experience. Also, I have loved my collaborations with Rollie Shoes, Such Great Heights and Jimmy Cricket! Its awesome seeing my artwork bring such awesome products by amazing Aussie labels to life.
Do you create everything by yourself or do you have any help?
I do all of everything by myself in terms of creating the art, running my business etc. But, of course some products are manufactured by others.
When you create, do you have a plan or just go with it?
I feel like I am actually really bad at planning in general. I think it’s a side effect of being a bit time poor. I feel like I am always just making it all up as I go. When I’m creating art, I do tend to go with the flow a bit. I’ll start one work, get tired of it and start another. Gradually I will finalise things, but a planned timeline doesn’t really exist. Unless I have very serious pending dealings looming. Like now! I have about 10 works I need to create for customers and exhibitions coming up over the next few months.
If you were to create a piece right now what would it look like?
Hmmmmm, I have the urge to create a collaged rainbow coral reefy magical world.