Happy December 1st! This year I won’t be publishing a wall calendar with newly made artworks, BUT (!) if there’s interest I will put together a selection of previous pieces compiled into a wall calendar for 2020. 🌟 I will only print out an exact number to those who pre-order from me directly beforehand. Send me a message here on my website or on social media if you would like that!🎄Hoping you have a great weekend.
- 23 apr 2019
- 3 min läsning
I'm currently writing this in my couch with a cup of coffee right beside me, watching the twilight with it's beautiful gradient of pink to blue and the budding trees in the park outside, looking like they're about to burst into bloom. It's officially spring in Sweden.
I've been focusing on many projects recently. My studies, my upcoming exhibition, a book project, learning photography, managing my parents website and the social media for them as well as for my boyfriend, Erik. I'm also collaborating with him on a bigger music project that is particularly close to my heart that I'll tell you more about soon, meanwhile you can check his updates if you're interested.
It's a lot to handle in periods and sometimes I feel like I'm spreading myself thin which can be stressful.
On the other hand, I'm a multipassionate creative and I have to remind myself that's okay to be. Maybe you do too. Switching things up and create music fuels my art-making and vice versa.
I use art and music to express my innermost feelings and I've been exploring different mediums my whole life. When I was three years old I started singing in a choir and I've studied music in different schools since then. I also studied art at a folk high school and I love illustrating. Now I'm attending college and study digital design.
The visual medium has the ability of showing us a small window of a whimsical fantasy world that I love. But
music can create landscapes of sound
that almost make you burst into tears or jump of joy!
To be able to play with and combine these mediums is a dream of mine, like creating films with music and art to escape into a wonderland. This is not a dream that I'm willing
to let go of.
But society is built around specialists, where you're expected to be great in one field and you don't have much room to have multiple passions. You choose your field and stick to it.
As an artist, when building a community - a tribe of people who share your passions and follow your journey it can be difficult to put all those interests in one neat little box, it's certainly a skill to market that properly. One artist I truly admire who excel as a multipassionate entrepreneur is Jonna Jinton who takes stunning photography, creates films, vlogs, blog, paint, create jewelry with her partner and sing. She's truly amazing, to be able to create a brand around her passions and make people feel connected to nature and imagination and make a living from it.
Her example show us that like the specialists have their strengths, so do multipassionate people! If you want to learn new skills don't limit yourself because you've already "chosen" a path. We can all make room for growth and try new things, no matter our age. Those assets can be used in unexpected ways you never could imagine, or just enhance your personal life - like learning photography to take beautiful family pictures and capture memories. Creativity is healthy for all of us and even though you've never tried it, I urge you not to be afraid to!
I do have a tendency to stretch myself in too many directions and this is something I have to work on so it doesn't affect others negatively. I don't want to do many things half bad, I want to be proud of my work. It's important to remind yourself of this and not take on too many responsibilities so you don't burn out.
Are you a multipassionate person or do you specialize in one subject? How do you manage your projects and responsibilities so you don't feel stressed? I'd love to know!
- 5 mar 2019
- 3 min läsning
Uppdaterad: 6 mar 2019
Hi! How are you? It's been a little while. I've been trying to focus on my studies this past week and I'm currently working on a book layout for school. It's a slow process but it's coming along - even though the deadline (Friday!) is a bit nerve wracking. I've been feeling a bit sluggish, maybe it's the late spring blues? Here in Sweden we barely have any sun in the winter, most days are dark and gloomy. Maybe it's taking it's toll on me. Coffee is my only savior haha! Where do you live? I'd love to know! Hopefully you're blessed with more sun than me.
So when I've been working on my assignments, as well as when I create layouts and communicate in my business I've come to reflect a bit around the process of great design and my personal struggle with certain aspects of it.
I truly admire graphic art designers, (and designers in general from different fields) especially now when I'm really trying to learn it. Design can look so effortless, clean and simple, sometimes with only a few well placed objects. I do believe it's something we as a society tend to forget to appreciate. It makes sense because we don't usually notice great design in our everyday life because it works so seamlessly or looks easy!
I've been fascinated by design for quite some time now but when I created something before I went with my gut feeling. I've never been analyzing it until I started studying the subject last year.
Personally it really dawned on me when I started dabbling with typography. I've made art for many years and I feel quite confident with expressing the language of imagery. (Even though I - of course - have so much room to grow!) But then I realized... When you put letters into the mix it becomes a whole new ball game.
I never quite knew what a challenge it is to create truly balanced layouts. This of course is only based on my personal experience, everybody has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Typography seems to be my struggle at the moment. (except for coding which is my worst enemy but that's a story for a different time...)
You have to think of so many details. Spacing, placement, size, genre, not overpowering the image or other elements and oh - don't forget, the letters should be easy to read... And which words do you want to emphasize? The list goes on.
I've found myself sitting with a particular element of a layout or a font for hours at a time. Trying out different sizes, placements for each element back and forth etc. In the end the final result looks like it's the most effortless thing in the world to put together!
It's quite strange, I've been chuckling at the thought a few times!
When a design finally comes together it's so rewarding. I have to admit that I'm the type of person who keeps seeing flaws in everything I create (I'm working on it, promise!) and have this tendency of having a hard time letting a design or an art piece go. Are you similar in that way or do you feel satisfied with your work after you've completed something?
Design is truly a whole new world for me and it's both interesting and challenging. I would recommend to stop and observe design whenever you can. When you see an interesting billboard outside or when you're walking by a great automatic door system! Maybe just take a little moment to se all the little details in Instagrams animated sequence when you're scrolling through stories haha! It's easy to miss. Heck, boring commercials tends to be more fun when you look for the tiny details.
If you're interested in this subject I suggest to watch this lovely little video by the channel GCFLearnFree. It has stunning visuals and is a great start to get some knowledge about the fundamentals of graphic design!
I'll continue on with my assignments now and hope you'll have a wonderful week.
With love <3 /Klara Regina