dröm sessions: Not Tuesday

Good Friday drömmers! It’s time for some weekend inspiration! For our latest dröm sessions, we chat with Sydney based stylist Rachel Wightman, better known as Not Tuesday! We go behind the scenes with her to talk about the creative processes behind her very awesome necklaces!

Visit http://www.thelittledromstore.com/session-14-not-tuesday/ to read the full interview.

Not Tuesday’s neck pieces are now available at the little dröm store as well.


But we must say, it’ll be a wee bit hard to make a final selection because every piece is that wonderful, and from all the shapes and colours to choose from – it’s best that you pop by and have a look at her gorgeous collection in person and take your time to decide.

dröm sessions: Hanna Konola (Finland)

This March’s dröm sessions, we had the opportunity to catch up with Finnish illustrator – Hanna Konola! Hanna uses the most quirky and somewhat unexpected pairings and combinations from the colour palette, her illustrations are so simplistic yet so complex both at the same time. We stumbled and fell in love with Hanna’s works when we saw them at Tokyo in indie stores such as Galerie Doux Dimanche & Uguisu.

But now let’s go beyond & dig deeper into Hanna’s creative brains as we interview her, let’s go!

Check out our full interview here.

This February’s dröm sessions calls for Swedish illustration goodness! This session, we speak to Swedish illustrator/artist – Camilla Engman! Let’s start our little adventure with her as we find out a wee bit more about her as we go behind the canvas of her art pieces.

Distant Friends, postcards - a collaboration with Ana Ventura

A collaboration between Camilla & Elisabeth Dunker

Pia König’s and Camilla Engman’s collaboration

Camilla’s little collections of odds & ends.

One encouraging advice Camilla left us with – “Have fun! Don’t try too hard to find your own voice, it will come when you least expect it if you just let go.”

Read our full interview here: www.thelittledromstore.com/session-12-camilla-engman/

This February’s dröm sessions calls for Swedish illustration goodness! This session, we speak to Swedish illustrator/artist – Camilla Engman! Let’s start our little adventure with her as we find out a wee bit more about her as we go behind the canvas of her art pieces.

Distant Friends, postcards - a collaboration with Ana VenturaDistant Friends, postcards - a collaboration with Ana Ventura

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREA collaboration between Camilla & Elisabeth Dunker

Pia König's and Camilla Engman's collaborationPia König’s and Camilla Engman’s collaboration

8plasticcollectionwoodCamilla’s little collections of odds & ends.

One encouraging advice Camilla left us with – “Have fun! Don’t try too hard to find your own voice, it will come when you least expect it if you just let go.

Read our full interview here: www.thelittledromstore.com/session-12-camilla-engman/

dröm sessions: Lullatone (Japan)

Firstly, let us say how much we loooove Lullatone’s music, actually it’s beyond words to describe how much their music inspires us. If you’re feeling beaten up, lousy and just want to hide inside a den to run away from nightmares, Lullatone’s tunes will teleport you immediately into a sphere of comfort that will soothe you into believing in dreams again. “Pajama Pop” is a whole new wave & genre of music that Lullatone has designed and created. We have so many favorites from all their past albums, and we can’t contain out excitement any longer, so here’s sharing our latest dröm sessions with Shawn & Yosihmi – also known as Lullatone.

"I don’t know if child-likeness is so important to creativity. But, I think that optimism and believing in potential are."


Read our full interview over at our site here
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dröm sessions: Donna Wilson

For our latest dröm sessions, we speak to Donna Wilson! I’m sure she needs no introduction at all! Personally we’ve been fans of her craft/work, we remember going crazy after seeing her launch of her cushion cloud range, we wanted every single one of them! That was years back, and now this year – 2013, marks Donna Wilson’s 10 years anniversary! How time flies!

Read the full interview here.

Stay curious and inspired as always, drömmers!

dröm sessions: Ingela P. Arrhenius

You’ve seen the series of brooches that Ingela had designed for us, now we go behind the scenes to speak to Swedish illustrator – Ingela P. Arrhenius for our latest dröm sessions! And yes, this is how Ingela looks like :)

"I’ve always loved the style of the 50´s and 60´s. I love the colors, the compositions, the ceramics, the patterns, the books – everything from that era. And I always have." – Ingela

Ingela shares with us little nugget bits of creativity and what inspires her. She also introduced us Primus, her pet dog, Doesn’t he look like a sweet little lamb secretly disguised as a dog!

Click here for the full interview.

dröm sessions: Lili Scratchy

We catch up with French illustrator – Frédérique Bellier, better known as Lili Scratchy! Read our full interview with here over at our website here.

" I would tell all aspiring illustrators out there that having the sensibility is more important than the technique.
 To feed your spirit, with readings, exhibitions, movies and music.
 Keeping your eyes & ears open very big!!!” ~ Lili Scratchy

Lili Scratchy’s badges and postcards are also available at the little drôm store!

dröm sessions: Polkaros

For the month of March, we spoke to Singaporean lifestyle product & zakka designer, Ros Lee also known as the amazing Polkaros! Polkaros is and has been working/living in Japan for many years now. In this interview, we find out from her what creativity and courage is all about, especially when she made the bold decision to relocate herself to another country of a different language and culture to pursue her dreams.

For all you MT Tape fanatics that have yet to set foot on any MT Factory tours, Polkaros also shares with us her magical experience she had at the MT factory tour and also at the MT hotel!

Read the full interview over at out website here!
http://www.thelittledromstore.com/session-7-polkaros/

To all Polkaros fans, her lifestyle zine is available and for sale at the little dröm store, it comes with a Polkaros totebag too!


dröm sessions: Beci Orpin

Read our full interview with Beci over on our website here.
For this month’s dröm sessions, we speak to Australian designer, Beci Orpin! As visual junkies at heart, we definitely went gaga crazy over Beci’s Orpin love for collecting and creating. Her great sense of mastering the art of orchestrating all that palette of psychedelic colours, and ability to harmonize all the eclectic elements within her work(s) is definitely a jaw dropper. It is definitely no easy feat for us, but they all seem so effortless for Beci. So here’s a little bit of what goes behind her magic.

For those of you who might be thinking of visiting Melbourne, Beci actually shared some of her recommended favourite places in this dröm sessions!

dröm sessions: Beci Orpin

Read our full interview with Beci over on our website here.

For this month’s dröm sessions, we speak to Australian designer, Beci Orpin! As visual junkies at heart, we definitely went gaga crazy over Beci’s Orpin love for collecting and creating. Her great sense of mastering the art of orchestrating all that palette of psychedelic colours, and ability to harmonize all the eclectic elements within her work(s) is definitely a jaw dropper. It is definitely no easy feat for us, but they all seem so effortless for Beci. So here’s a little bit of what goes behind her magic.

For those of you who might be thinking of visiting Melbourne, Beci actually shared some of her recommended favourite places in this dröm sessions!

Gemma drawing for her exhibition mural at Chapter, Cardiff.

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Happy December all you drömmers! We’re sure Gemma is no stranger to many of you, you might have already stumbled upon her works on magazines such as Frankie and Anorak.

We all know her illustrations never ever fail to put smiles on faces, they could possibly chase all your Monday blues away too. Occasionally, we’ve even had customers giggling to themselves quietly at a corner while browsing Gemma’s products over at our store.

And so, especially to all you pug lovers out there, this month we speak to UK illustrator Gemma Correll!!

#1) Hello there Gemma! We’d like to know how did illustration became a part of who you are, what started your passion?
As a child, the things I loved to do most were read books and draw pictures. My parents had some cartoon books, like The Far Side and annuals by the British cartoonist Giles and I’d spend hours reading those. Even though I didn’t completely understand them, I loved the combination of text and image with humour. I’d collect old notepads and make my own “books” and I wrote and illustrated a page in my church newsletter every month for nearly 10 years. At school, I used any project as an excuse to draw cartoons and I entered lots of competitions, too. I knew very early in my life that I wanted to draw and write for a living.

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Cartoons for Emirates Airlines In-Flight magazine 2

#2) Seeing that you always draw up something daily, we’d imagine you’d have heaps of sketch books/pads by now, how do you decide/choose which illustrations get to see the light of day? What inspires you to illustrate the way do?

Yes, I have lots of sketchbooks. I love them. I think they’re the things I would save first (apart from the Pugs and Anthony, obviously) if my house was on fire. I keep the ideas until they fit a particular project, or sometimes if I really like an idea and I have a bit of spare time, I’ll draw it up ‘properly’. My style is very quick and intuitive, I like to get my ideas down onto paper in the simplest way possible.

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#3) What are some of your favorite tool/object from our studio, things that you love very much?

My favourite things are really just the simple necessities- my sketchbooks, paper, pens and pencils and inks. My chair is pretty comfy, too.

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#4) Do you have an all time favorite Gemma Correll illustration/project piece/product?

I guess it would have to be my “Pugs Not Drugs” illustration. Even though I am kind of sick of it now, it is my most popular image and it’s really helped my work get noticed, especially since it’s been printed on various different products, including T-shirts and tote bags. It’s a couple of years old now (I drew it in 2009) but it’s still popular and it reminds me of Mr Pickles, because sales of the tote bag helped me raise the money I needed to buy a pug puppy!

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Gemma and Mr Pickles



#5) What are some of the things you do to cheer yourself up, or to relieve you from any ideas block? Any favorite places you’d visit or some of your all time comfort food that do the trick?

We have a local café that I love to visit, we are friends with the staff and they always cheer me up while also providing me with much-needed caffeine. I also like to go for a walk- if it’s not raining- with the pugs or have a look in some secondhand “charity” shops in the neighbourhood. If I’m having an ideas block, I often read some magazines or the newspaper, somewhere comfy, with my sketchbook next to me. That usually helps!

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Gemma Correll badges for Made By White
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A snippet from Gemma’s What I Wore Today collection

#6) Your husband, Anthony Zinonos, is also an illustrator, how do you both inspire and encourage each other? It’s always heartening to know that your partner is also in the same industry, that way, both are able to better understand and share each other’s woes and joys as artists. (Our puggiest congrats on your recent wedding too btw!!)

We both work in the same studio, so it’s nice working together in a comfortable silence or with some nice music and being able to bounce ideas off each other.  Our illustration styles are very different- mine is cartoon-y and he does collage - but we share a similar sense of humour which comes across in our work in different ways. It’s great to be able to help each other with the less-fun bits of being freelance, like accounts and admin, and we both understand that freelance hours are not the standard 9-5 but encourage each other not to overwork and to take breaks and eat proper meals!
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Screenshot of Anthony’s Website.
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Anthony’s “15 slides’ zine”, available in his online store here.

#7) What are both of your biggest aspiration as illustrators, do you & Anthony have any future plans to collaborate or perhaps even set up a design/illustration studio?

We are always talking about collaborating, but we never have time. I guess we’ll do it one day. We would both love to live in America somewhere and have a big open plan studio but I don’t know if that will even happen, realistically.

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An embroidery for “Ceci n’est pas un Pug” at Land Gallery PDX

#8) Your super adorable pugs, Mr Norman Pickles & Bella must be such bundles of joy to have around your studio! Do they bug you at all while you are working, secretly hoping for some treats and walkies? How are you able to resist their adorable silly faces? We know we can’t with our pugs around, we’re often very easily distracted by their subtle acts of emotional bribery. What are some of their quirks that often amuses both you and Anthony?

Usually, when we’re in the studio, the pugs will sleep in their baskets. Mr Pickles sometimes wants to play and it’s hard to say no when he looks so cute. He also likes to jump up on my lap while I’m working which is lovely but it’s not very easy to draw with him there! They are both so entertaining though, I love having them in the studio. They’re always making funny little noises. They have a basket each but Bella will often go and sit on top of poor Mr Pickles in his basket.


The tao of pug

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Mr Norman Pickles


Visit Mr Pickles & Bella’s blog here! Or add them as your facebook friends if you’d like.

#9) Do you travel overseas frequently? Would you by any chance, ever pop by to our little sunny island, Singapore?

I do travel quite a lot. I’m very lucky. I’ve never been to Asia though (or anywhere further east than Cyprus, in fact) and I would absolutely love to visit Singapore. It looks beautiful.

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Exhibition at Small Stuff 4 at Bird Gallery, Launderhill (Florida)

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INKYGOODNESS exhibition at Custard Factory (Birmingham)

#10) Lastly, is there anything that you can say to advise or encourage all new/aspiring illustrators out there?

I always encourage aspiring illustrators to work hard and persevere, even though it can seem like an uphill struggle at times. You really have to love what you do. As they say, genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration.

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Mural for Comma exhibition (Oxford) with Mr Pickles basking in the sunlight!

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If you’d like to bring a piece of Gemma Correll’s awesomeness home, hop on over to our store! We’ve got a couple of Gemma’s products stocked at the little dröm store. For your (almost) daily dose of Gemma’s wit, visit her blog here!