It always happens- I'll find some great new artist mentioned in a lecture or an article and will scramble to jot down their name. Then I forget about them. Now I'm opening my notebook and digging back to finally look up those names with stars next to them.
Lisa Congdon keeps getting mentioned in my illustration classes. I had never heard of her before. Finally I checked out her website and see she does a ton of stuff, including plenty of hand drawn patterns and typography. Her pattern work is very asymmetrical and charmingly lopsided. There are a lot of bright colors with black and white linework. There’s something of a folk art vibe to it.
Lisa also keeps a blog about her process. One post about “owning it” jumped out at me. I was pleased to find out that Lisa didn’t formally study art in school (neither did I until doing the post-bacc program I’m in now) and spent years feeling like an “imposter”. She writes about finally claiming and internalizing the title of “artist”. I’ve been bothered by those feelings as well; its so good to know other people have gone through the same thing.
I didn’t listen to any of her podcasts but look forward to revisiting her site and learning more about her work. Today I’m really glad I opened my notebook and looked up this name with a star next to it.