We love sharing new beautiful art with you and we know that you will just love boutique design studio LYKNA.INK, founded by artist/designer Lyn Gowin.
Built on a love of conceptual design, an eye for the unique and a passion for making art more accessible, Lyn takes a modern approach of experimenting with both traditional art methods and digital technology, to create premium statement art prints.
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I sat down with Lyn and chatted all things art, inspo and design... scroll down to check it out and you might just need ALL of these prints in your house by the end, I know I do!
Can you tell us about LYNKA.INK and what led you to becoming an artist?
I have worked in Fashion for over 10 years but was always drawn to the graphic/illustration aspect of the business rather than actual garment design. Having always illustrated and painted my own art on the side as well, it was after having my daughter that I decided to focus on these passions outside of the fashion industry. The light bulb moment for LYNKA.INK came when creating some wall art for my daughter’s room. When friends showed interest in it, it opened my eyes to sharing my work as quality editions so more than one person could enjoy it.
How would you describe your art?
I like to think of my work as thoughtfully considered art and design. Every design has its reason & own evolution. My work tends to be quite minimalist, graphic and modern. I am a less is more kind of person and this definitely comes through in my work. I am passionate about making my art accessible, yet retaining its exclusivity, and that is the key concept of why I chose to create my work as limited edition art prints.
Each print is archival grade, and stamped, signed & numbered by me. Currently the first collection holds 100 editions of each design, but I plan to reduce this number to 50 with the next collection.
Can you tell us about the creative process you go through when creating your pieces?
It all starts with pen, paper and lots of random sketching. I am old fashioned in that respect and even though my art is digital in final form, I never sway too far from my love of traditional art methods of hand illustrations and painting.
So for me its all about experimenting in the studio. Sometimes an idea just has better impact as purely digital work and other times I will mix the two together for a more organic feel.
Where did your love of art come from?
My love of art definitely stems from my mum who is also an artist and graphic designer. From an early age my artistic side was always nurtured and in particular I was encouraged to think outside the square when being creative. I think exposure to the modern, abstract & cubist art my own mother was inspired about and painted herself, strongly fuelled a similar love for this art within myself.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My ideas are so random and just come from the everyday…my surroundings – basically anything! It can be the lines of a building, the composition of an interesting photograph or just something I am looking at broken down to it's simplest forms of line & shape. Very often as well, I love the idea of just putting a line or shape on paper and seeing where it takes me. I like to think these pieces are more guided by emotion and how I am feeling at the time.
Who are your favourite artists/designers/architects at the moment?
I love uncomplicated yet thought provoking design and am drawn to such artists & designers. I really like the French artist Frederic Forrest’s work. His unfinished sketches seem so complete at the same time. I really also admire Melbourne artist Caroline Walls and how she stays so true to her subject matter whilst reinventing it all the same with each new collection.
What can we expect from you next?
I am currently working on my next collection which I plan to release later in the year. I kept my first collection quite broad but with this next release of art prints, I am keeping it tightly curated to what is my design handwriting. I am really enjoying experimenting with different mediums and can’t wait to share the finished concepts.
I recently showed my collection at Melbourne’s Décor + Design show which was an incredible experience and confirmed a really clear vision for LYNKA.INK. My next focus is the Finders Keepers market in Oct where I look forward to showing my work to the public outside of the trade show arena.