5 Questions to... Leah Duncan

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   A while ago I bought a beautiful teatowel by the fabulous Leah Duncan. 
   It was so pretty that I couldn't get myself to use it so now it's in a frame on 
   my wall. I've been following Leah's work ever since and am very proud to 
   announce that now you can read this interview with her on my blog! 

   Can you tell a little bit about who you are and what you do?
   I’m an illustrator, surface pattern, and textile designer. I live in Austin with 
   my husband, our dog Oslo, and our two cats Prince and Mr. Lucy. I sell my 
   work online as well as in boutiques internationally and work with other 
   retailers to produce goods using my work. I love pink, sweet tea, sunshine, 
   and anything that is 100% linen.

   What or who inspires you?
   I am inspired by nature, my surroundings in east Austin, the smaller moments 
   in my life, and relationships. I’m also an animal lover, so I often use them in 
   my work. I love giving them personality and relating them to each other, their 
   environment, and life in general. Color is also a huge inspiration and may be 
   the single most important part of my compostitions.

   What does your work process look like, any specific techniques or 
   combination of techniques you prefer?
   My work always starts on paper with an ink pen. Then everything is scanned 
   into illustrator for coloring. I sometimes use collage or gouache if I’m in the 
   mood for something a little more organic. I also machine stitch my work from time to 
   time to add a little bit of texture.

   How do you promote your work and do you have a 'best tip'?
   The best thing I’ve ever done is join Etsy. It’s been the single best way for 
   people, bloggers, and editors to find my work. I do craft shows from time 
   to time and have just started to attend larger tradeshows for licensing my 
   work. Other than that, I think the most important tip I can give is to just 
   keep at it, find your style, and don’t be afraid to put yourself ot there.

   What would be your dream assignment?
   I’d love to illustrate an album cover for Arcade Fire! Other than that, my
   dreams are coming true every day.  I’m very lucky to make a living doing 
   what I love and I’ve had so many “dream” opportunities come my way. Just 
   seeing my work out there puts a smile on my face.

   If you'd like to see more... visite Leah Duncan's website, blog, webshop 
   or Etsy shop!
   Thanks so much Leah, for your time and for making such lovely work!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for letting me know about Leah Duncan :-) Love her colours.


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