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Designer Spotlight: Asa Gilland

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hello, my name is Åsa Gilland, I’m a Swedish illustrator and surface designer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I started out studying fine art and interior design and later worked for many years in graphic design/packaging design.

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Perfectionism is not something to strive for, it is a sure buzz kill for creativity. There will always be people with more skill, better technique, more original ideas, so you need to let go of every though that your work doesn’t measure up and carve out your own little spot for yourself. Take every opportunity to learn something new, if it tickles your interest, go for it. Continue to try to learn new things, to approach the unknown with curiosity and an open mind.

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

I will try to force myself out of my comfort zone, take a course, a workshop, anything to get a new spark.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I have embraced the digital side of art with an enthusiasm that continues to puzzle my kids. I am old enough to have started out at a time when all work was done manually on a drawing table using mechanical pencils, tracing paper, a scalpel and my trusted Rotring pens. I can sometimes get a pang of nostalgia for those times but then I remember what happened when you spilled coffee on your work or made a drastic mistake that could not be easily undone. I was absolutely giddy when my employer at the time brought in computers into our graphics department, revolutionary. Nowadays I am the tech geek in our home.

At the moment my best design aid is my Ipad which I gifted myself on my last birthday. I commute a lot and spend much time in the Jakarta traffic and it is a great little thing to bring along to make good use of the time. At home I work mostly with vectors but also dabble with acrylics and gouache.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? FAVOURITE APPS AND PROGRAMS

Procreate is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Normally I work in a combination of several programs, Affinity, AI and PS, and every now and then I bring out traditional media. My design process is fairly straightforward and usually begins with amassing an abundance of reference photos and inspiration. I am not a person who sketch, mostly because I find that it suits me better to dive straight in. I find that the hardest part of the design process is editing, weeding out the excess stuff that I inevitably end up having. I admire minimalistic, clean artwort, but tend to go the opposite route. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

Recently I collaborated with Linoluna, an Indonesia boutique store concept, to create a range of kid’s cushions and posters for their new children interior line:  http://linoluna.co.id/designer/asa-gilland/ . I had a blast working on this project and was really happy with the final products. I also very much enjoyed creating some greeting cards for Trader Joe’s and a coffee cup series based on the traditional Indonesian shadow-puppet legends.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I like having a mix of small and big project, variation is the fun part. The dream client can sometimes be something of a surprise. It’s not necessarily always the most well-paid projects that linger as favorites, but the fact that the client is someone with whom you can collaborate and share a vision with.

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

If forced to chose I’d be alright with a drawing pad and a couple of ink markers.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I walk a lot and love observing people around me, a lot of my work is inspired by my Swedish background as well as cultural themes of my adopted country. I spend a lot of time browsing and collecting vintage photos and posters that later potentially becomes inspiration for new work.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

I have a great admiration for the works of the Swedish designer and artist Stig Lindberg. He had such groundbreaking ideas for his time and his work still feels very contemporary.

When I’m long gone, I hope people remember me for being brave when it counted and compassionate when it was needed.

Designer Spotlight: Adrienne Vita

Hello, please introduce yourself:

Hi, I'm Adrienne Vita and I'm an artist from Portland, Oregon.

If you could give your 10 years younger self one key piece of advice or an insight, what would it be?

To never doubt yourself or compare yourself, to keep at it and have loads of fun in the process. It's all about the fun!

 

When you feel stuck or in a design rut, how do you get yourself out of it and back on track?

Honestly, taking breaks and stepping away when you are frustrated with a piece you are working on. If it's a longer than one day rut, I think taking a break out of town for a weekend. A change of scenery can help. Long walks, hanging out with friends, daily meditation - just keep yourself uplifted in any way you can. The main thing is to not take the rut too seriously. All things pass.

What are your favourite design tools?

Paints, paintbrushes and awesome paper.

How would you describe your design process? Favourite apps and programs

I tend to stay off social media so I can get in my bubble and create. I love to listen to music or podcasts while I work. I record my dreams, I write and do lots of thumbnail sketches for ideas. Dance party breaks are a must.

What are some of your favourite design projects to date? 

I really loved this zodiac sock. I'm always pleased when a client picks the mystical stuff and wants to run with it!
http://www.sockittome.com/women/knee-socks-women/zodiac.html

Who are your dream clients or what is your dream project? 

Chronicle Books and illustrating a children's book. Maybe even write and illustrate. I've always wanted to have my repeat patterns on a clothing line too. Working with Hallmark and having some cards in their line would send me over the moon.

There has been an art supply sanction imposed and designers are only allowed to possess 3 items/tools, what do you choose?

Brush, paint and paper.

Where do you find inspiration?

Nature, long walks, meditation, mutual artist friends I admire, vintage, photography, fashion and music.

Who would you say the greatest designer is?

Gosh, I never really have favorites because they are so many to admire but I've been into Charley Harper's work and David Hockney's paintings lately.

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me as an artist.

Where you can find me:

adriennevita.com

@adriennevita on instagram

@adrienne_vita on twitter

@adriennevita on pinterest

 

FolioFocus Week 3 Roundup!

What a wonderful week of patchwork geos, for some of you out of your comfort zone, but you manage to pull through and made wonderful designs!

Here are a few from Instagram and Facebook and our Gallery can be found here: flickr.com/groups/foliofocusaw16/