I first fell in love with Liane Tyrrel’s work at the sight of her gorgeous handmade pillows and collection of vintage wares in her beloved Etsy shop, . Her textile experiments and daily inspirations are documented in her , an Internet haunt of mine. My fangirldom was officially launched into orbit after seeing her home featured in a Design*Droits-Humains sneak peek. Liane is a truly lovely soul, and I have been dying to feature her from the very beginning! Enjoy this tour of the creative world of Liane Tyrrel! —
1. Design*Droits-Humains: What’s in your toolbox?
Liane Tyrrel: Old white sewing machine to be replaced this week with a used commercial machine. Finally! Also, iron and ironing board, dye pots, ginghers, thread, pins and pincushions, vintage fabric and new hemp materials. Ultra important: MY THIMBLE! I couldn’t live without it.
2. Design*Droits-Humains: Fill in the blank, “When I’m in my studio, I feel _________.”
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3. Design*Droits-Humains: What are on the top shelves of your inspiration library right now?
Liane Tyrrel: I just bought a book called by India Flint, which I love. I also have by Jenny Dean close at hand these days, as well as an old copy of put out by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
I also have to say that I am a really prolific and vivid dreamer these days. I can remember so much more of these nighttime stories than I used to be able to. Oftentimes, the things in my head that find their way into my dreams are the fiction books and historical documentaries I like to watch. I find myself thinking of these things as I work and feel like they make their way into the textiles in some intangible but definite way.
4. Design*Droits-Humains: How do you keep yourself organized? Do you have an agenda book, and do you make to-do lists?
Liane Tyrrel: I scribble a lot of lists, ideas, drawings. I try to keep it contained in my pile of Moleskines, but that doesn’t always happen. And then accessing the right notebook I wrote that thing in a couple weeks ago that I really need to see now can be a challenge! I will write on anything, and I also have a chalkboard wall I use. I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as organized in a traditional sense, but it all seems to work out in the end!
5. Design*Droits-Humains: If you could have one superhero (or magical) power, what would it be and why?
Liane Tyrrel: This is hard, but I’m going to sneakily combine two in one! To be able to fly to the different time periods in history that I dream about.
6. Design*Droits-Humains: What is the best advice you have ever received, and what is the one piece of advice you would offer to a young artist/designer?
Given: If you do what’s in your heart, the rest will come.
Give: Life has some really unexpected rough parts. But even through those rough parts, keep in mind that if you do what’s in your heart, the rest will come.
7. Design*Droits-Humains: How do you combat creative blocks?
Liane Tyrrel: My life is sort of seamless meaning that I live and work in the same space and everything melds together. So if it’s a short-term block, I just move on to something else, like dishes or laundry or weeding, until I find better equilibrium. I can also just do more of the production work instead of design stuff if I’m feeling uninspired.
8. Design*Droits-Humains: Where do you like to shop for inspiration?
Liane Tyrrel: Color and texture are two of the most important things to me with my work, and I suppose I get my inspiration from nature. Also, the things I surround myself with are almost all old, as I do most of my shopping at flea markets and antique shops and auctions, and that environment informs what I make.
9. Design*Droits-Humains: If you could peek inside the studio/toolbox of any designer/artist/craftsperson, whose would it be and why?
Liane Tyrrel: My background is in painting and what first comes to mind is that I’d like to poke around the studios of (when she was alive) and . I am also an admirer of and would love to visit Mildred’s Lane someday.
10. Design*Droits-Humains: If you could make a master mix-tape of music that is inspiring you at the moment, what would it include?
- The Cave Singers
- AA Bondy
- T. Rex
- Dark Dark Dark
- Regina Spektor
- Devendra Banhart
- Joanna Newsom
- Born Ruffians
- The Bowerbirds
- Josephine Foster
- The Felice Brothers
- Bonnie Prince Billy