Take 5 minutes to get to know one of our Fabulous Kreo Home artists Lisa Kearney from The Little Things Design.
Who? What? Where?
I am Lisa Kearney, I am 25 years old. I work full time as a Graphic Designer in Geelong and have been running the Little Things Design for around a year now. I have always loved art and Graphic Design. At school they were hands down my favourite subjects and really the only two I cared about! When I was at school I thought very seriously about becoming an artist. I remember being told at school “painting is a hobby, no one makes a career out of it though.” That kind of made up my mind for me, and I happily continued to study Graphic Design instead. I know have a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Multimedia as well as a Diploma in Visual merchandising. I loved both courses and my studies have really come into play with the Little Things Design.
What inspires your creations and ideas?
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! There was even a stage when I was about 5 or so where I insisted I was going to be a 'professional present wrapper' after I saw the christmas gift wrapping station in the city! (Glad I moved on from that one!) 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's your favourite product you produce?
Definitely my original artworks. I love producing original artworks because you never know what your going to get. Graphic design is creative, but in a different way. It has a lot of limitations, especially in the “real world”. You’re given a brief and you have to nail certain aspects – brand guidelines, specs, looks and colours. Sometimes it’s nice to have that direction but other times it’s hard to tone it down if you’re feeling particularly creative. Painting is a good outlet because it’s the opposite. Half the time I don’t even know what a piece is going to look like when I’m starting, I just know what colours I want to incorporate and have a rough idea of what colours I want where.There are certain things I can control and I have learnt how particular paints and colour work, but then at times the colours move and have a mind of their own..I love that!
So what's next for your brand? Anything exciting coming up?
I am always thinking of other ways I can be creative but it’s a fine line between wanting to expand on what I do and losing touch with the work I originally started with. I love producing original artworks but realise it is not something everyone can afford or even have space for. I like to think of other ways people can enjoy my designs at an affordable price point which is why I released the prints. For the future I would love to have my designs used to produce homeware products such as bedding, cushions and towels or even move in to fashion and fabric design. So many things are possible and my mind is constantly filing away 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 on a new colour scheme from spring and summer so keep an eye out for some new fresh colour combo's!
Check out Lisa's amazing work here!