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Profile • Eryn Lou

by Akosua Adasi
We talked to the designer behind our latest stickers about the role of art in her life, her various inspirations and her ultimate comfort food.
Who is Eryn Lou?
I’m currently an Illustration student at OCADU in Toronto. Hobbies include taking photos, rearranging my apartment, attempting to learn how to skateboard, and playing dress up.

What’s your morning routine?
I get myself ready for the day, and then I make myself tea and a smoothie with granola and catch up on the news while I eat. If I’m working from home, I start by tidying, playing music loudly and burning incense. I always take time to settle into the space - I find it helps me focus.

When did you first really that art was something you wanted to pursue? What drew you to illustration over other forms of “fine art”?
I have always been geared toward the arts - illustration felt the most exciting and fitting for me. However, I don’t limit myself to creating illustrations; I feel that the skills I’m strengthening at school will benefit me in other artistic practices as well.

Do you see yourself as an activist? Do you feel that your work ties into that?
I’m certainly interested in activism, but I don’t see myself as an activist - I don’t think I’ve earned that title! I’ve made some work that I feel engages with politics, and I’m interested in making more work that explicitly addresses it.

collective growth #illustration

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What is the most rewarding part about being an artist? The most difficult?
It’s a fickle beast, sometimes frustrating, always full of possibility and play. The uncertainty of freelancing can be intimidating, but the community and the work is a delight.

#WeartheChange is about making a commitment to sustainable and ethical consumerism, whether it be through secondhand/vintage shopping or supporting ethical brands. How do you #wearthechange?
I almost exclusively shop secondhand/vintage, and frequently swap and share clothing with friends.

Inspirations?
Lately I’ve been inspired by Patti Smith, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eleanor Davis, Aidan Koch, Joan Miró, Louise Bourgeois, Motonaga Sadamasa, the silhouettes of Comme des Garçons, 1970’s interior design, and always my friends.

What are you currently listening to?
As the season changes, I’ve been listening to Nico, Tanya Tagaq, King Krule, Mitski, Pleasure Leftists, The Slits, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, and a lot of podcasts.

What is your comfort food?
The aforementioned smoothie with granola, or yam fries!



Photo of Eryn in thumbnail captured by Alyson Hardwick

 

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