Meet Lisa, graphics designer by day and self confessed Netflix addict by night. Lover of pizza, a glass of Moscato and a classic pair of black boots. I second that sister. She is also the artist behind The Little Things Design. Lisa creates 100% original abstract paintings with a strong focus on colour and shape. I especially love that the art style allows for viewer interpretation. Each piece tells a story and enables you to make your own connection. Her collection of prints are highly sought after and grace the homes of many, and it’s not hard to see why. I admire her creativity and her ability to turn her passion into a fundable hobby, all whilst maintaining her professional career and being a total boss lady. I have asked Lisa to share more about The Little Things Design with BWL readers.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CREATE THE LITTLE THINGS DESIGN?
At first it was just a way to keep myself busy. I had recently finished university and was looking for a full time job. I had a lot of time on my hands, so I decided to get them a little dirty – literally! (Paint evvverryyyywhere!) I had always had an interest and passion for abstract painting. I started painting small artworks, and then requests from family and friends came rolling in and I thought, “hey…maybe I should try making something of this!” I started up my Instagram page, my website followed shortly after, and the rest is history!
TELL BWL READERS A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR ARTWORK AND PRINT DESIGNS
I would describe my paintings as abstract. I use a combination of acrylic paints, inks and resin. I find painting very relaxing and love that my style is very unpredictable. The colours flow and move on their own, so you often don’t know what you’re going to get! While painting is where my business started, over the years, it has developed and is now it is predominantly made up of prints. Original art is special, there is nothing quite like owning something that is 1 of a kind – but it also calls for a higher price tag. Painting is not a cheap process, and can cost the artist hundreds of dollars in material costs alone. This led me to come up with a range of prints; I wanted to offer my followers something that could still add a pop of colour to their wall, without a high price tag. Having a degree in Graphic Design meant that I was able to create 100% original and colourful backgrounds by taking sections of my artworks and combining it with other design elements on the computer.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I draw inspiration from everywhere. There are so many ways to be creative. I have literally considered working in pretty much any career where I get to design things and work with colour. For years I was going to be a fashion designer, then an interior designer, then a wedding planner, then an artist, then a graphic designer; the list goes on! I appreciate colours and design features in everything from fashion and homewares to architecture and nature. Finding inspiration is continuous, that is one switch that never gets turned off!
WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE LITTLE THINGS DESIGN?
God, I wish I knew! Although, what would be the fun in that? For the future, I would love to have my designs used to produce homeware products such as bedding, cushions and towels or even move into fashion and fabric design. So many things are possible and my mind is constantly filled with ideas, but working full time as well as running The Little Things Design can be quiet time consuming – there aren’t enough hours in the day! I am very lucky to have such supportive friends and family who always lend a hand. I am currently working a new range of prints which I am hoping to release later this year.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF BEAUTY?
I think that beauty is a really hard word to define because it’s so objective. What one person finds beautiful may be entirely different to another. It is hard to comprehend how one thing could be so appealing to one person and so unappealing to another, but I think that’s the key to really understanding beauty; it is literally something different to everyone. From a design point of view, creating an artwork that everyone would find beautiful is an impossible task. Instead, I create pieces I find beautiful and just hope that others will find beauty in what I have created also.
YOUR BEST BEAUTY TIP?
Your brows are sisters, not twins! HAHA!