We caught up with talented Canberra artist Paris Lomé to find out how she gets her creativity flowing and what life is like living in the country’s capital. When she’s not scooping up spoonfuls of hot curry or devouring chocolate, you can usually find this young lass with a paintbrush in hand. Her illustrations are filled with whimsy, movement and life like representations of everything from a cute wedding portrait to a tea cosy covered kettle. We were so baffled to find out during this interview that Paris is only 19!! Seriously, her talent with a brush and sincerity behind her work is just wonderful. We love hosting her at our Rummages ~ please never leave us!!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Paris Lomé, I am 19 years old and I love chocolate way too much, it is basically my version of coffee! I am a watercolour artist and illustrator and I’m currently creating away (and eating chocolate) in Canberra.
Why do you do what you do? I simply love watercolour painting, drawing and all things art related. Art has always been a part of my life, coming from a family with a history of passionate oil painters. I have never had proper structured drawing lessons, but my family have been an incredible help being the ones who have taught me how to draw and paint. While going through school I never thought I’d be able to have an income or career from my artworks, yet for just over a year and a bit now, I have! I am very grateful to have the circumstance I do which allows me to do what I do which and supports me to take part and help others through volunteer work. Basically, I do what I do because I have a beautiful support through family and friends and I just love to paint!
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? Jasmine Dowling found on instagram @jasminedowling her graphic designs, photography and overall personality portrayed on her account is oh so gorgeous and glamorous, her account just makes me want to dive into my work, which great! Jamie Beck also found on instagram @annstreetstudio Jamies photography is just so stunning all I want to do is paint all of her photos. So much inspiration from these two ladies! Both these women through their photography and art forms inspire me to create, I have almost made it a habit to check their instagram feed in the morning, to get me all inspired and ready for a day of work and painting. There are many more who inspire me too, but you would be reading for days if I told you them all!
What excites you? Good curry and naan, travelling, road trips, chocolate, a good book, wood fires, fresh air on early mornings while camping, old movies, that moment when you’ve broken out of creative block and you can just paint and create without reserve for hours! The list goes on…
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? I personally love the relaxed setting of Suitcase Rummage, which results with everyone being very relaxed themselves and happy to chat and purchase a nice thing or two. The organisers on the day (shoutout to you guys!) are always super helpful and nice which sets the day off to a great start once arriving.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I like to make my shopfront Paris Lomé Artworks my own in various ways. Firstly, with labels and signing so customers can see easily what items cost what. There is a special little sale section which is only available at my suitcase rummages. I also have little freebies which my lucky lovely visitor get if they come and visit my Suitcase Rummage store front. There’s nothing like a freebie – I’m definitely one of those people who collect business cards and free things from general shop fronts… I’m not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing!
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? Bring a picnic blanket to use as well as your suitcase to display things on/in. I use a vintage suitcase which was my Mums and a little striped blanket from Ikea as my two main set up pieces for my stall. I have found keeping things simple (less is more) is very handy for a suitcase rummage set up. I also bring a keep cup with tea or coffee from home and snacks, because I get hungry. My last suitcase rummage I also brought along a lovely friend (@lvhmakes) who was a huge help, giving me a chance to pop to the bathroom.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? More suitcase rummages!! I’m also going overseas to America in September this year for a month which I am very excited and grateful for. Hopefully I’ll find some exciting inspiration in all the museums over there. I’d love to experience living possibly in America or the UK in the future. I have always been interested in editorial illustration so hopefully there will be some of that waiting for me to work on in the future too. Working as an artist I take each day as it comes, I am always prepared for the reality to go and apply for “a real job.” Ideally the future holds more painting and volunteer working for me, but we’ll have to wait and see.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? Canberra is place most people view as a little boring, but there is actually a lot of sweet things to do here. One of my favourites is visiting the National Portrait Gallery, they have some of my favourite artworks on display there. After a trip to the Portrait Gallery there are countless cute cafes hidden around Canberra to discover. These are two little relaxing things I really enjoy to do in my city Canberra.
Where we can we find and follow you? You can find me on instagram @paris.does.art and my website www.parislomeartworks.com
You will find Paris at our next Canberra Rummage in October!