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You may have noticed we have a number of new artworks available in the online store by lovely legend, Lisa Dino. This Melbourne gal caught our attention with her cute, quirky characters - that are, as she describes "re-imagined forms of nature with a contrast of soft and vibrant colour pallets". Find out more about her style, and her new works via our interview below!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE?
Ethereal characters and re-imagined forms of nature with a contrast of soft and vibrant colour palettes.

CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH YOUR NEW SERIES, PLANTMAS - WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
The series started as a personal drawing challenge where I would draw a different type of plant everyday for 12 days before Christmas, hence the name ‘Plantmas’. I tend to go through phases with my use of colour but for this series I wanted to display a vast selection of bright and vivid colours. At the time of creating this series, I was quickly growing a passion for plant life, so I felt this overwhelming urge to portray my fascination with nature into vibrant illustrations. This series was an opportunity to do something refreshing, away from my usual olour combinations.

ARE THE CHARACTERS YOU PORTRAY IN YOUR WORKS FICTIONAL?
Most of the characters are made up, but I admittedly tend to borrow photos of real people as reference. I like to reconstruct the human form and try to make each character more dream-like rather than realistic. I sometimes name characters like my piece Miss Teri - she’s a mystery.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WORKED WITH A PASTEL COLOUR PALLET? IS THIS DEFINITIVE OF YOUR STYLE?
I’ve definitely established pastels as a popular theme for myself which I’m totally cool with, but I don’t like to limit myself when it comes to creating new works. One day I’ll feel like painting everything pink then the next day will be chartreuse. The thrill of using somewhat ugly or washed out colours for the sake of being spontaneously creative is both motivating and exciting for me.

TELL US ABOUT HOME:
I’m currently living in Melbourne and work in my home studio as a freelance designer and artist. I enjoy every aspect of working from home, including the times I can just wear sweatpants all day. My workspace is decorated with a jungle of indoor plants and organised craft materials for when I want to step away from the computer.

WHAT INFLUENCES YOU WHEN YOU'RE CREATING?
Some of my works are titled after songs I’ve listened to on repeat and sometimes when I’m just listening to music, an idea will evolve from lyrics I’m singing in my head. Music plays a huge part in my creative lifestyle as it not only motivates me to hustle hard, but also keeps me inspired in a different light as apposed to being inspired by something visually appealing. It could be the reason most of the characters I create are fictional because they stem from listening to music and not from perceiving a person in real life.

WHAT'S THE FUTURE GOT IN STORE FOR LISA DINO?
I’m currently pushing myself to paint and practise more traditional ways of drawing rather than being glued to my iPad. Crafting is still a serious hobby of mine and I’m planning to make my own patterns for fabric so I want to start a series of that which I could turn into wearable art or accessories. Til then, I’ll keep on keeping on.

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