photos by: Kenneth Grzymala
Name: Lillian Farag
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Current City: Brooklyn, New York
College (if applicable): Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Current Employer/ Recent Clients: Textile Designer, Macy’s Private Brand
What’s your favorite project you worked on and why? My favorite project so far would fall somewhere in-between my free-motion embroidered pillows and the sketchbook I submitted to “The Sketch Book Project” this past January.
I love working in new ways with different materials, so illustrating while sewing on fabric spurred so many ideas for future projects. It allowed me to be really creative with embroidery which was different than anything I had done at the time.
The sketchbook project was fun because I was able to create something that wasn’t limited to one medium. I had complete freedom on how I wanted to fill the book, so I created small collages using paint, glitter, thread, paper, fabric, plastic and other random things. Pretty much anything I found different and interesting to work with, I threw it in there somehow. (You can check it out here: http://www.arthousecoop.com/library/4628)
What are you doing when you’re not working? I am a constant thrifter/ flea market go-er. I love searching for anything that can inspire my work, my closet, or anything that is different and can possibly be turn into something great. Oh, and eating of course. I am the least picky eater. I love all kinds of food, luckily there is a lot of that around here.
What keeps you motivated on a daily basis? Living in New York, and constantly meeting other artists who are doing things that are amazing definitely inspires and motivates me. I love it when an opportunity comes up to collaborate with another artist. Its forces me to step away for a moment and focus on something new and different, which I think is important for personal growth, and will hopefully be inspiring to others.
What do you think is a main factor that got you where you are today? Networking is a big part. Keeping true to what you like doing/creating.
Even though I have a full time job making prints for another brand, I still make time on the side for my own work and continue to develop my style.
What do you have coming up for the future? I am currently in the process of developing my own line of products/prints. It will be launching in the near future, and I am really excited to see it take flight.
Check out www.lillianfarag.com for official launch date.
What would you tell a friend visiting your city for the first time? Manhattan is overrated, come to Brooklyn.
Any words of wisdom? There is something I always say that seems to make people smile….
There are good ships, and there are wood ships,
there are ships that sail the sea.
But there are no ships like friendships,
so may there always be.
Website: Lillian Farag
product photos by: Ian Alexander Adams