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Kristen Drozdowski is a hand letterer and illustrator based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Working from her plant filled studio, her creations are inspired by a combination of bold patterns, gentle symbolism, and inspiration from nature. We got to work with her this month to help us bring our theme of Wellness to life!
For a little more about what inspired this artwork, her process, and her life, here's a short Q&A:
What is your definition of a successful life?
Living a life filled with purpose, passion, connection and creativity.
Describe your perfect day.
Things that make my day feel perfect are sunbeams coming through the window, having time carved out for art making, connecting with people I love, being outside in nice weather and feeling energized.
How did you get into design?
When I was in high school I got my first design job! :) Ever since then I knew I wanted to be an artist / designer and pursued that direction in college.
What is your definition of a successful life?
One in which you feel proud of the work you are doing. Where you are able to make a living doing what you truly love to do. Having a group of family and friends that love and support you.
Where do you find inspiration?
Nature, self-inquiry, shapes around me, relationships I have with others, yoga, mindfulness and energy awareness, colors that make me feel calm and happy.
What's your dream design project?
A book. :) Also, almost every project I get to make these days is a total dream. I am so happy for the opportunity to do something I love every day.
Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you?
I am really excited about multimedia designers, painters and mural artists who are putting out a lot of amazing work and energy right now. Ashley Mary, Lisa Congdon, Kristen Texeira, Ellen Rutt, Alex Proba, to name a few.
What was the inspiration behind this design?
Our delicate relationship to nature that requires respect, tenderness and kindness.
At the moment, what is your favorite …
Color: I’m starting to not fear blue, which I have used rarely until recently. Cobalt blue and periwinkle are exciting to me at the moment!
Food: When my husband makes soup from scratch.
Song: I can’t stop listening to a song called ‘Alberto Balsalm’ by Aphex Twin
Quote: “Let your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears” I saw this somewhere, but I am not sure where or who said it, but I am really feeling it right now.
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