This month we partner with Ohio-based illustrator Alix Northrup.  Alix is an independent hand letterer, illustrator and designer based in Ohio.  Her pieces tend to focus on bold, colorful and energetic styles that often incorporate layered textures and intricate details.  Her Wellness inspired art is about, "discovering the balance between the internal and external states of being."  Alix says,"Finding a harmonious relationship between these allows us to continue to grow and thrive.”

For a little more about Alix, here's a short Q&A! 

Where is home for you?

I live in a very small, quaint riverboat town in Ohio.

What is your definition of a successful life?

The idea of “success” is something that has changed and evolved constantly throughout my life, so trying to define it is challenging.  Ultimately, a life that is lived fully and without regret is what I strive for.


Describe your perfect day.

The best days are the ones filled with simple things that make me feel happy like beautiful weather, good friends and delicious food. 

How did you get into design?

My father is a fine art photographer.  So growing up, I was surrounded by and exposed to art early on which ignited my passion for it.  I can’t imagine working in a profession where I am not is a need I have carried with me since I was a child.

Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration stems from a wide variety of both tangible and conceptual sources.  Sometimes I pull ideas from songs, movies or books and visuals from nature or vintage ephemera.  Typically it ends up being a mixture of many different things that resonate with me.

What's your dream design project?

I really enjoy creating work that has a strong conceptual basis.  Communicating ideas and emotions visually is what excites me the most about being an artist.

Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you?

These days, the youth of this generation have really been a source of inspiration for me.  Their openness, vulnerability and authenticity is something to be admired. I have great respect and reverence for the brilliant artists and thinkers of the past but for me, I am always looking ahead and trying to soak in new thoughts and ideas.

What was the inspiration behind this design?

The way we approach our day-to-day lives and all aspects of them is so intertwined with our well being, both physically and mentally.  This piece alludes to the ability we have within us to unlock our greatest potential.


In what ways does the theme of Wellness play out in your life?

Finding a healthy balance in my life is something I am continually working on.  Being a freelance artist comes with many challenges that can easily get your health off track and I try my best to counteract this through daily habits and behaviors.  Physical activity, mindfulness and rituals all help me to stay in a good place of well-being.

At the moment, what is your favorite…

Color: Lavender
Food: Ice cream
Song: Smooth Sailing’ - Leon Bridges
Quote: “Here’s to seeking out joy in the waiting, beauty in the ordinary, and hope in unexpected places.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

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