This month’s art is by Latin illustrator, Flávia Mayer. Flávia illustrates feelings and thoughts through bold imagery — from serene women to wild tigers, her artwork approaches complex themes such as mental health, our connection to nature, to the universe, and our deepest selves. She hopes this illustration serves a reminder that "we have all this love inside us, and by cherishing that and taking care of ourselves, we can blossom into beautiful flowers."

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

Where is home for you?

I live in Bristol, England, but I’m originally from Brazil. I love living in the UK but I do miss the nice weather!

What is your definition of a successful life?

For me, success is not about having the perfect job or lots of money. These things are important, sure, but more important is to have time to do what truly makes you happy. So a successful life would be a life where I can have a balance between spending time with friends and family, working with what I love and taking care of myself. Not that easy, I know!

Describe your perfect day.

It would start with having a lie-in, for sure! Then probably a good breakfast with pancakes, going to the beach with my family and friends, reading a good book and having a swim in the sea. Maybe watching a film in the afternoon cuddled up with my boyfriend, and cooking a nice meal. Lots of food and lazing around I guess!

How did you get into design?

I have loved drawing since I was little. I used to sell my drawings in school! Then one day a friend of mine suggested that I should study Graphic Design to combine my drawing skills with something more practical (because I’m quite a practical person and Art seemed a bit too abstract for me). And that was it! I think if she hadn’t suggested it I would have ended up studying astrophysics or something like that.

Where do you find inspiration?

Ooh, everywhere I guess! Nature is a big inspiration for me, as well as going to museums or simply walking on the street. I also love spending time on Pinterest and Dribbble when I want to look for more specific inspiration, there is so much good stuff out there!

What's your dream design project?

I have so many projects I’d like to do! Right now I would like to illustrate a Tarot deck. My friend teaches a tarot course and we’re going to make our own deck – hopefully a project for 2020!

Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you?

There are so many! Lauren Hom has always been a great inspiration for me to follow my own voice. Studio Muti illustrations are something out of this world and I always looked up to them. Elizabeth Gilbert and Julia Cameron are both great thinkers and can help a lot when you get a creative block, or even just to keep your mental health in check.

What was the inspiration behind this design?

What I wanted to say with this illustration is that the power to find wellness comes from within us – that’s why the flowers are growing from the figure. Finding wellness won’t happen if your mind is not set to it, only if it comes from inside us. The human being is so amazing, so powerful: when we believe in ourselves and our uniqueness, we can achieve so much. So I wanted this illustration to be a little reminder that we have all this love inside us, and by cherishing that and taking care of ourselves, we can blossom into beautiful flowers.

At the moment, what is your favorite…

Color: Peach

Food: Does hot chocolate count?

Song:  La Flor Y El Río by MiraMundo


"Let everything happen to you

Beauty and terror

Just keep going

No feeling is final."

- Rainer Marie Rilke

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