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: 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!

dröm sessions: Nathalie Lété

For this dröm session, we’re featuring Nathalie Lété!
We absolutely love the mish mash of clashing bright colours she works with.

She works for brands such as Monoprix, Issey Miyake, Bourgeois.
She also collaborates regularly with many brands (both in france and abroad), such as Astier De Villatte, Vilac, and Anthropologie.

You can find reoccurring throughout her works, themes like toys, birds, flowers, and of course Paris!

In this interview, she lets us in to her world of imagination, and introduces us to her love for collecting vintage objects, dolls, and fairy tales, here we go!


Hi Nathalie, Please introduce yourself!
I am born in 1964 from a Chinese father and a German mother.
That is perhaps why you can occasionally find asian motifs, mixed with folk imageries from eastern european countries reflected in my works.

I’ve been transforming everything I touched since a very young age, and enjoy mixing themes and techniques in a joyful effervescence until today.

After studying fashion design at “Art Appliqués Dupérré School”, and then lithography at “Beaux Arts De Paris”,  I began to create drawings, paintings, ceramics, knitted and sewn dolls, children‘s illustrated books, silk screens, carpets, and textiles.

little red riding hood
The little red riding hood


When did you draw/paint your first illustration, did it started when you were young?
First I would like to explain that I don’t feel as an illustrator because it is very complicated for me to label myself as an “illustrator” , I don’t like it at all to be honest. in fact I want to keep the freedom as an artist would have, that means being able to do what I like to do, onto any mediums.

I usually paint what I feel is right, and thereafter when the paintings are finished, I propose them to my publishers to do some products with them. Sometimes i take in some special commissions, but if I feel the subject has strayed too far away from what I do naturally, I’ll reject them and say “No”. I don’t want to make drawings which are not fluid and natural for me, it must be something that I believe in or I would feel that I’m not honest with myself.

I paint since I’m little girl. I’ve always liked doing something with my hands. I didn’t thought that it would be possible for me to create a living out of this passion. But an astrology predicted of my future when I was 18, and told me about me working/leading as an artist life. It was interesting seeing none of my family or relatives were artists. I had absolutely no idea then.

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Nathalie Lété’s atelier

What started your passion in illustrating? What is the driving force behind your drawing passion?
My passion in drawing and painting started because I feel this is the only thing I like to do. I also like dancing, and moving my body, in fact I’m not very sociable, I prefer to shy away, to be alone and work than to be outside with friends. It had always been like this ever since when I was young, so this is my way of life. I feel good when I create something. Everyday must be to be a good day, a day of creation.

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scarves

dolls

We see that a lot of animals in your artwork, do you have any pets? If so, please introduce them to us.
I have 2 pets myself. My dog “SPIKE” the dachshund and two canaries (which unfortunately have no names). I also have many stuffed animals and toys which are like part of my small family!!

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Nathalie Lété’s dachshund, Spike!

Can you introduce us some of your favorite/comfort/happy food/drink?
I don’t drink alcohol at all, otherwise I would have a headache, so I love to drink water, tea (like herbal tea). I love Chinese food. I was always accustomed to eat Chinese food, because of my Chinese father. I specially love sweet pork, In fact sweet and salted foods are my favorites.

I love also Japanese food because it is healthy. At home I cook everyday. I have two teenagers, and my daughter likes to eat vegetables, and fruits. She loves to take care of her body, so I try to cook very healthy food. I love to finish dinner with a fruit salad in same way I love smoothies and milkshakes, especially with coconut milk!

nathalie plates
Which country are you currently living? Can you describe your surroundings and environment from where you live? Is it inspiring?
I have always lived in France, near Paris. As a child, I lived in the suburb of Paris, and then when I was between 20 and 38, in Paris.  Still at 38, I live in Ivry which is just one street outside from Paris.

We live in a old factory rehabilitated in lofts. We bought 3 lofts ten years ago: one is our house, one is my studio and the third belongs to Thomas Fougeirol, my husband’s studio (who is also a painter). In between all 3 lofts are a garden full of cats and a few dogs, it is very inspiring to live here amongst the green. I like to be in Paris, but I’m always happy to come home, especially after afternoons when feeling tired.

When I was a kid, I lived near a big park and was always walking in the park with my dogs and my mother. I love to be in the nature, I love cities too but only as a tourist for short moments. I definitely need the nature and its greenery.

As a kid, I also spent much of my holidays with my grandmother who lived in Bavaria, Germany. It was a beautiful village that was near lakes, I loved the souvenirs I have from that place.


nathalie's favourite object: bambi
Nathalie Lété’s favourite object: bambi-bureau

What is a typical day like for you from the moment you wake up?
I usually wake up early, the same time as my kids, so can be 6.30 or 7 o’clock.
I have my breakfast with family and read my emails at same time. I would then go out with Spike, my dog, clean the house and do the laundry, and I’ll be at my studio around 8.30 or 9 o’clock.
 
I would also then feed my canaries, and then work on my projects until 12.30.

I have lunch with my husband at home for an hour, and work again until 6 o‘clock.

After walking with my dog, I head to the post office, come back home and cook with my daughter Angele who is 16.

At 7.30, we have dinner, and watch TV. At around 10 o’clock, I take a bath, and go to bed.

This is my normal week day, I’m very regular throughout. On weekends, we walk in the forest in the morning, and watch many movies (we love all sorts of movies in my family!) and I try to take things slowly and take time to read magazines.

What are some of your favorite item/object from our studio, things that you love very much?
I love my toy collection and also my stuffed animals. I love also the light in my bedroom and in my studio, the light from the windows is very important for me.

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Nathalie Lété’s stuff toy collection, and her room


Nathalie Lété’s toy collection

Do you have a favorite Nathalie Lété creation?
i love specially all my work i did around the theme of butchery I did 10 years ago, that is the reason why i want to continue this series. I also like the last wallpaper “forest” I did in collaboration with DOMESTIC very much.

Forest Wallpaper
Nathalie Lété’s favourite work

Lastly, is there anything that you can say to encourage all new artists/illustrator out there?
I would say..work work work.  It is rather difficult to say more, because we are all different. But in my case I always tried to be honest with myself and to do the things with love and tried always to do my best in everything.

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Selected Nathalie Lété's products are also available at the little dröm store. Signed copies of her book “Bric A Brac” are available at the little dröm store, every copy has a different illustration!

nathalie lete's signed book!

nathalie lete's signed book!

nathalie lete's signed book!

masthead: yamaguchi

DRÖM SESSIONS

featuring :: Yamaguchi Yohei (Japan/Singapore) ::

Happy weekend to all you drömmers!

dröm sessions" is something that we recently decided to introduce to our blog. We hope to seek out and feature some of our personal favorite artists/designers/crafters/creators, to share a little insight of what they do and also what goes behind their work(s).

To start with, we’d like to feature Yamaguchi Yohei, a Japanese artist currently residing in Singapore. At first, we were thinking if we should edit his answers, but we thought to ourselves: “You know what? Let’s leave them unedited, his replies are endearing and adorable as is!”


Please introduce yourself.
My name is Yamaguchi Yohei.
I am a native Japanese guy from Hokkaido in Japan. I am a certified language teacher, teaching Japanese to people here. At the same time, I am also doing some freelance illustrations for clients in Japan. My favorite food in Singapore are Economic rice and dessert, Chendol. My hobby is traveling around Asia countries.


Why do you love what you do?
I think drawing is a good communication tool for building good human relationship. Sports and music are as well. Using my drawings, I can communicate and connect with many people around the world. I always think my drawing is like my business card or identity card. For example, when someone ask me “who are you?” I can say “I’m an artist”. They see my drawings, they see me.


What started your passion in illustrating? What is the driving force behind your drawing passion?
I couldn’t remember exactly. I started having this great passion in drawing at a later age, compared to many people who might have started at a young age. I think probably anger, misery, some desire or when I feeling very negative about my life that make me draw. I would not draw if I’m completely happy and satisfy with my life. I just want to draw for people who wants to see my drawing. Guess drawing is my identity. I want to know people, so I use my drawing to make friends and connect to the world.


How long have you been living in Singapore?
I have been living here since Feb 2010.


Has living in Singapore changed you in anyway as an artist?
Singapore changed me a lot. I feel more relax here compare to the always fast paced Tokyo, and I can draw very freely now. Because no one and nothing here gives me stress.


How does is feel to as a Japanese illustrator/artist living in Singapore. Is these a huge cultural difference?
Living here, drawing here is great. Singapore is a stress free country compare to Tokyo. Culture differences? Yes of course I experience that all the time.  But it does not hinder or affect the way I draw or how I draw.


We understand that your wife is a Singaporean, has she influenced or inspired you and your art in any way?
She is my number one fan! I always draw for her. I might not draw anymore if she says she does not want to see my drawing one day.


What do you hope to say or share with the public with your illustrations. Is there a message behind your illustrations?
I hope many people can see my drawings. Actually I always enjoy looking at peoples’ reactions when they look at my drawings for the first time. I don’t think too much when I started drawing, inspiration and feeling just come out naturally. I don’t have any special message for the public. I just hope everyone will love my drawings. That’s all.

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Selected artworks, collectively titled “It’s not dinner” is currently being exhibited at the little dröm store.

14 May to 31 May
(we’ve extended the exhibition to another extra week!)
The Little Drom store
7 Ann Siang Hill Singapore 069791
Tel +6562255541

open Daily 12pm - 8:30pm
except Thursday 12pm - 7pm
& Sunday 1pm - 7pm