Tonight, we bring to you Lillian Harris of Lillianka, a one-woman enterprise devoted to making calendars, greeting cards, purses, totes, sachets and other personal accessories and home decor items. Bright, stylish colors and bold patterns with a classic feel. If you want to find Lillianka before the Thaw, you can visit The Merchant Co. at 656 Congress St. – if you want to find Lillianka online, you can visit these links here:
-Lillianka on Etsy
As you know, the Big Thaw is wild about Maine artists. So when TWO of them get together to make something beautiful we are besides ourselves. The first two pictures above are examples of work that was born of a collaboration between Lillianka and the graphic prints of Eliza Curtis of Morris & Essex. Simple, colorful and wonderful to look at. More, more, more!
It seems the more we are asking artists about their mother’s influence on their work, the more and more information we are getting about how important a role motherhood is in developing creativity in children, teens and later adults. We asked Lillian how her mother affected her love of handmade, and this is what she had to say:
“My mother has been an integral part of my work in so many ways! First she taught me to sew on her sturdy Bernina that she bought for herself in the early 1970s. As a kid I went with her to craft fairs where she sold her handmade dolls, my introduction to the world of craft fairs.
The second way she has influenced my work is by instilling in me a sense of confidence in my own work. There have been numerous times over the course of developing my business and my work when my confidence has wavered (i.e. what the h**l am I doing with my life?!?) and she has always been there to remind me to follow my heart. If this is the work I love then its the work I should be doing. The rest will follow (and it has).
Finally, she is my most honest crtic. She will tell me outright if something is not right from a design flaw to a poor choice of fabric. I go to her for an honest opinion. Thanks, Mom!
Annnd, we found out that Lillian’s mother is also the lady behind her business card and logo design. Aren’t mothers wonderful?
See more of Lillianka’s line of products by visiting her at The Big Thaw on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. 10-4pm. Two floors of artists, craftspeople and vintage sellers!