Artist Colony // Lisa Currie
Lisa Currie makes me laugh, smile and relate towards pretty much everything she scribbles down on a piece of paper. Her very witty and truthful words + her "Ooh that's so Lisa Currie" drawing style = some pretty clever creations. Lisa has created three activity books which I just can't wait to get my hands on. She creates free resources so you can have some fun with a cup of tea and an oversized jumper. +++ lots of other fun stuff! Go check out her blog/website here, her instagram and contact her here.
As always, here is my interview with Lisa!
The most interesting experience that has happened because of being an artist is/was…my books are made to be doodled over and sometimes I get to see what people do with them. Strangers on the other side of the world who it feels like I’m collaborating with, having a conversation with on paper… in a way. It’s weird but great.
Do you ever get artist block? What do you do to stop it?I do feel stuck at times… sad or overwhelmed. Going for a walk is always a good idea. Cooking some food. Hanging out with someone else’s dog. One thing I’ve learnt this year is that you don’t need to feel “motivated” or “inspired” to work. The people who are doing great things rarely feel fired up about it before they begin each day. They just begin. And then sometimes the magic happens…
I’ve been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert that talks a lot about this!
Your favourite thing about your job?Spending a lot of time reading books about interesting things and writing in my journal… trying to grow in different ways and thrive in my own skin. I get to do a lot of that since my books are about optimism and self reflection.
Your least? Working alone is my least favourite thing, but also my favourite thing. Luckily I work at home and my housemates are great and keep me sane, but it can get lonely being in a workplace of one and having to motivate and organise yourself every day. But then sometimes I decide to spend the whole day in the sunshine reading a book and nobody asks me why I didn’t come into work that day, so that feels nice. What other interests do you have outside of art? Yoga. Reading books about why humans do the things we do. Being vegan. Building a mini golf course in the backyard with things we’ve found at the op shop.
Why did you decide to make activity books?I was running a blog called The Scribble Project and one day Perigee found the blog and emailed me to ask if I’d like to make a book. I said no thanks. Just kidding. I said yes PLEASE. I love making prompts that can maybe help people be more self reflective and think about their world or themselves in a more playful way.
5 facts about you… 1. I live with four friends and a dog named Charlie. 2. I write in my journal every day. 3. Vegemite toast is my comfort food. 4. I don’t like to wear makeup. 5. Fresh cut grass is one of my favourite smells.
Who/what inspires you?BOOKS. Lately I’ve been reading books about feminism, veganism, optimism and essentialism… all the -isms.
What music do you listen to?Today I’ve been listening to old Nelly Furtardo songs. Do you remember her? I’m like a biiiiird.
Thank you Lisa for being apart of Artist Colony. Love your work!
Thanks for reading, you lovely people.