We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily Grace Nolan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lily Grace, what role has risk played in your life or career?
You have to take risks. Full stop! Period. End of Story… I remember back in the early stages of when i decided to really dive into freelance design and illustration full time, I was nervous about putting myself out there, worried about optics, if people would “like” things, etc, then i got some great advice: “Just try it, no one really cares.” It was a harsh reality check from an artistic colleague of mine, but it really has been a helpful sentiment that’s helped me evolve as an artist.
When you’re looking to make a change in you career, or you’re trying something new it’s only natural to be nervous, but i have really learned to trust my gut when it comes to taking risks. Things move fast nowadays and this can be an ally, we can often times try something, get an outcome and move on, for better or for worse.
My roots as an artist remind me that it’s good to experiment and get messy and really, that’s all risk-taking is.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love to experiment, but through and through, I think my art represents the child inside of me that was inspired by Calvin and Hobbs and Arthur Books, undoubtedly creating a style that’s part comic-style, part Y2K, and definitely neon. I always am seeking to create a narrative in my work, and if I am making a physical product I try to be as sustainable as possible and educate my audience about it. I’ve learned that by looking at art as a loop, or cycle, you can create a more ethical business model. When I print, I look to use better ecological supplies, if i get packaging , i look for small business and sustainable packaging options, and I try to ship and receive things through USPS. I think this helps me remain motivated to keep making, because I am not just working with giant, faceless, mega corps, rather my work is part of a positive feedback loop that keeps interest in sustainable materials and local business up! As i move forward in my career, I want my art to be more public service focused and incorporate my passion for educating and living for a sustainable future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I am from Boulder, and its a great place to visit but if someone was stopping through we’re headed to North Boulder! This area of town is a little off the beaten path have some really fun things. North Boulder is host to antique shops, local food stops, and one of my favorite places…The Boulder Sport Recycler. There’s also Gateway Fun Park, where go-carting batting cages, and fun awaits. I know it sounds corny, but this area has a true-local vibe and is a great place to walk around for the day!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom! My mother is my best friend and we’re close, like Gilmore Girls close. My mother has been a great example, she’s a strong, smart, independently capable woman who has given me advice, laughter, and tough love. All of which have help me become a more self-confident and self-reliable person. Without her, i couldn’t have gotten this far.