October 26, 2009

elisabeth dunker : artists who blog

Elisabeth's blog: www.finelittleday.blogspot.com
Elisabeth's websites: www.lula.se, www.studioviolet.blogspot.com
Elisabeth's shops: www.finelittleshop.bigcartel.com, www.studioviolet.se

Why did you decide to start a blog?

I liked the thought of building a mini universe on a webpage. From the beginning I was so thrilled just to see a photo I'd taken appearing on the web by pushing a 'publish button.' I was also intrested in knowing if what I made could be interesting for somebody else.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I like the poetry in awkward word order sentences. I had a Swedish sentence that had followed me for a while "lilla mina barn." When I started the blog, I wanted to use that sentence but when translated (I wanted the blog to be in English) it didn't sound so good: "little my kids." "Fine little day" sounded better to my ears.

How has blogging affected your work as an artist/designer?

Very much I think. Before I started blogging, I was a book and magazine addict, and I had subscriptions to at least five magazines going on at the same time continuously. But the amount of pictures I consumed then was nothing compared to what I consumed after I discoverd the big treasure of pictures on the Internet. When I started blogging, I also started to produce a larger amount of pictures/photos myself. I believe that this consuming and making have had a large affect on my 'seeing.' In what way exactly it shows in my work is not easy to say, but I'm sure that it has had a big effect.

What are your favorite artist/designer blogs? Why?

Favorite artist today: Claire Loder
She's incredible, I love her playfulness and aesthetics as a whole. Not only her ceramics but her web identity too.

Favorite blog today: http://miekewillems.blogspot.com
They have such good taste!

Do you have any advice for artists/designers who are starting a blog?

For me the main focus is to have fun. It sounds like a cliché, it is a cliché, but if you have fun it will be good anyhow.

What has been the most positive and inspirational aspect of having a blog for you?

The communication with other people + the confirmation and the feedback. I really appreciate that people take the time to comment.

What do you find the most difficult/most rewarding part of having a creative profession?

The worst part is that you work too much, and if you are a freelancer like me, you never know if you will have enough money for the next month. The best part is that you work doing something that you really love.

Other than your blog, what has been the most effective way for you to promote your art/design?

Oh, I can't think of anything else I've done to promote myself... But I have a website, and that is promoting too of course. I've also, or my work has been in magazines and books, but that is nothing. I've been active in other ways that said "yes" and mailed my files.

How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

I don't. I'm often unbalanced. Sleep too little, eat unhealthy in periods, don't work out as much as I should. I can be quite manic and work way too much. My balance is depending on how good my economy is and how much time I have to do nothing, as for anyone else I guess.

What would you like to accomplish by the end of 2009?

Better economy. That sounds boring but it's true. But also, I would like to make something for me, using my own name again. The last time was was quite a while ago. What, I'm not sure of yet.

Thanks Elisabeth for sharing your thoughts with us! (Doesn't she have a lovely studio!)


chelsea said...

i loved this interview. i really appreciate elisabeth's perspective and can relate to her thoughts about being a freelancer. her photos are so achingly beautiful.

Susan Faye said...

What a fantastic mini universe Elisabeth has created and is sharing with us!! Each photo has a simple beauty that is luscious.

Jennifer said...

I enjoyed reading this interview. :)

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, thank you so much. So nice to get to know Elisabeth a bit more. Splendid interview! /J.

nath said...

ah, it's always good to read more about Elisabeth, i love to read her blog and admire her work and photography.

gretchenmist said...

great interview ~ love the insight. thanku :)

jen said...

i love elizabeth's work and her aesthetic. wonderful interview!

MamaShift said...

I love her aesthetic too. And it was, indeed, interesting to read about her life as a freelancer since I lived that, too, as a translator.

jokemijn said...

i like her way of thinking, recognize the manic periods. And what a lovely studio she has!

stephanie levy said...

Thanks for all the nice comments about the interview! Yes, I also love Elisabeth's unique aesthetic, so poetic!

Laura said...

a great glimpse into the life of an exceptionally creative person. thanks to both of you for sharing.

RedorGrayArt said...

i really related to this interveiw and the stunning images with it...you always have such wonderful artists to explore~elk

Milady Productions said...

what a fine little day it is! i love this lady and her work. i feel like i just had a little conversation with her! thank you!

Letter Paper Flower said...

Great interview - I love to hear about people's creative process and inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I can relate to what she´s saying too. I´m so curious to see what Elisabeth will do next, it´s always exciting to see what she comes up with. Thank you for a great interview, Hanne.

mick statham said...

great interview and what an awsome studio.

Kristina said...

What a great interview! Super questions for someone a lot of us feel we know allready ;o)

Daryle Dickens said...

Boy I have a lot of reading and catching up to do. I just discovered this this great blog about artists who blog. This recent interview with Elisabeth offers a lot of insight and inspiration for an artist thinking of blogging.

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Loré Loré said...

Such beautiful images! i gained alot from the interview, thank-you.


Haley said...

Her studio is beautiful--easy to see her concocting her work here--she has such a wonderful design aesthetic; love the marriage of clean, thoughtful visuals with clever ideas.

haley wulfman

Rona Chang said...

what a treat. i find elisabeth's work so refreshing.

dahlhaus said...

Great interview of Elisabeth! I'm always in awe at how she creates little faces and characters out of found objects. And the ceramics... I do hope to own one of those sometime!

Denise Scicluna said...

lovely interview. and yes that studio is amazing!

Natalie said...

Great interview. i love Elisabeth'w work and I'm so jealous of that light-filled studio. Studio Violet's ceramics are so adorable!

l_hebden said...

Ohhhh, that studio! Gorgeous! All that light...lucky girl.

kanishk said...

enjoyed reading this interview. Work from home India


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