FEATURING: Laura Ljungkvist
WHAT OR WHO DO YOU FIND INSPIRING?
I’m inspired by everyday things like, supermarket shelves with canned goods, airline safety onboard brochures, hardware stores, pharmacies, tags, tickets, boxes, packaging, NEW YORK CITY, art material and a stationary stores, a color, a restaurant, a menu, a door, something old, something new, kitsch, and much more….
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVE PROFESSION?
I have been creating things all my life. Growing up it was what I loved to do more than anything. Art school turned my hobby into a profession. I started freelancing right out of school in Stockholm Sweden, and I moved to NY 5 years later and established myself here. Got the title “author” when my first children’s book was published in 2001. I am so very fortunate that creating/working is still my favorite thing to do.
WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST THING YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH PROFESSIONALLY?
A few years back I found myself in the odd situation of being represented by people who were not the right fit for me. At that point I was particularly productive but none of the things I produced went anywhere. It was a very, very difficult time and it’s really the only time in my life when I have questioned my own ability. With some help, I found new literary representation and within a few months I was back with multiple new contracts and restored self confidence.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL TO YOUR SUCCESS?
There are some editors and art directors I have been fortunate enough to work with in my career who has “let me go” and "do my thing". It takes a strong, confident, generous professional to do that. Often those jobs end up being career altering. Here are just a few that I had the pleasure of working with on such projects:
Owen Phillps - The New Yorker Magazine
Susan Slover - Susan Slover Design
Michael Kaye - Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Tyler Brûlée/Helen Pippins - Wallpaper Magazine
Brian Bergeron - MoMA
Sharyn Rosart - POW!
WHY DO YOU LOVE ADHESIVE?
I am embarrassed to say I’ve only been a couple of times. I never have time to
go! When I am not working I am with my family but I am always delighted when I get the invitation emails. It’s such a genius idea! Just the name (who came up with that?)
Why ADHESIVE&CO came up with that Laura! Thank you!
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