EP. 07 - Laxmi Hussain

 
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Laxmi Hussain is a Londoner, Visual Artist and a mother. Her work is now mainly focusing on the colour blue which she uses to explore the woman’s body in a very raw and honest way. I am very happy to introduce you to Laxmi, if you don’t already know her, as she is an important figure in my journey as an Illustrator. Back in early 2016, discovering her simple and powerful drawings on Instagram gave me the courage to start sharing mine as well, through “100 drawing a day challenge”. Overtime my portfolio developped and my career as an Illustrator started. I hope you’ll be as inspired by her as I am. Enjoy the interview!

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LAXMI’S QUOTES

I love that working in one colour, you can achieve so much if you just strip everything back, and think about how you are going to overcome the challenge with the limitations that you have. 
— ON THE POWER OF A LIMITED COLOUR PALETTE
Art materials are so expensive. As a child, if your parents can’t afford all the materials that you want, you just become very clever about it. You simplify. If a pen is all you have, you make it work. And then when you do end up getting them, you really value and appreciate them.
— ON CHILDREN RESOURCEFULNESS
 When you loose the most important person in the world to you, you somehow become fearless. You are determined that whatever you are going to achieve in this life, is going to somehow happen. When I lost my mother, I subconsciously turned my art into what I want to do for the rest of my life, and it pushed me further than I’ve ever been in my creative career.
— ON OVERCOMING GRIEF THROUGH CREATIVITY

TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE

  • Growing up in West London in a Filipino-Indian family

  • Her early interest for drawing

  • Pursuing Architecture at university

  • How she decided to focus on the colour blue

  • Her intentional art material purchasing process

  • The importance of ink in her work

  • Teaching drawing workshops

  • Her subscription box

  • The importance of mindfulness in her creative philosophy

  • Intentional consumerism as a mother

  • Navigating loss and grief as a creative


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