Etsy Store: Lazy Little Things

29 10 2008
East Austin resident Lillian G’s Etsy store, Lazy Little Things, is a goldmine for all of you t-shirt collectors. Her designs are funny and unique, and many of her shirts are recycled, too! Gotta love that. We haven’t actually bought any of her wares just yet, but we are excited about the idea of getting a “little thing” in the mail along with our package. She says she is an obsessive collector of all sorts of things, and a purchase from her store comes with the promise of an extra little something she found somewhere. Who else gives you FREE stuff!? Lillian isn’t just a one-trick pony. In addition to t-shirts, she has all sorts of wild postcards for sale, each amazing in their own right. We particularly love her Indefinable Dementia postcard. Let’s support our local artist, guys! Who doesn’t want a T-Rex t-shirt!?

EA: T-shirts and postcards are the name of your game — what drew you to these mediums for your creations?
Lillian: A few years ago, I started making small postcard-sized collages and I got super into it. I became obsessed with the idea of making one a day, and while I was making one a day for myself, I was also making these collages, postcards, and mail gifts for friends. I started making silkscreens around the same time and similarly, began to print shirts for myself as well as gifts for friends.
EA: We love getting things in the mail and have a pretty nice little collection of postcards ourselves. What’s the awesomest thing you’ve received in the mail? Postcard, or otherwise. What is the farthest a postcard has traveled to be with you?
Lillian: It’s hard to say the very best thing the postperson has ever brought me, but a package that really stands out in my mind was one I received about a year ago from my good friend Emily Jo Cureton. She sent a big box full of a ton of surprises, including a collection of the daily New York Times crossword puzzles that she had completed over the past few months, a really great blue and pink striped sweater (which has since become one of my favorite articles of clothing), a bag full of pompoms of a variety of colors and sizes, a Mighty Tiny record player (the world’s tinniest records player!), and some cut outs from drawings she was working on. It was a treat to say the least.
I think the furthest a postcard has travelled to me is from Florence, Italy to my humble abode in Austin. I got it a few weeks ago from my sister who is staying there right now.
EA: Your profile says you collect things. Please elaborate! Keys? Books? People? What’s your largest collection?
Lillian: I collect a lot of things: little things, brightly colored things, tiny plastic toys, nuts and bolts, glass jars, old photographs and slides from other people’s family vacations, pompoms, kid’s science books with lots of pictures, American Heritage books, $1 records, anything related to or looking like a watermelon, neon hats, cigar boxes… I have an incredibly difficult time parting with objects, so I have a house full of bits and pieces, scraps and snips, nicks and nacks, this and that, not to mention odds and ends.
EA: Your t-shirts rock our socks off. Where do you get your ideas for the design? Which is your favorite?
Lillian: Most of the images are based on things I’ve found in books. For example the T-Rex print is based on a picture in a book I have about “the natural history of dinosaurs” and “Mouth Pains” is an enlargement of an image from an old medical text book. Some aren’t from another source, like the bubbles print. That’s from a “bubble drawing” I made and then scanned it and increased the contrast.
I think the “Mouth Pains” shirt is my favorite. I think it looks funny to see a person wearing a shirt with a big head on it, I imagine them with two heads stacked on top of each other and the fake head on the shirt is a lot larger than their actual head. For some reason that seems funny to me. Also I like this shirt because some people, like my mother, are utterly repulsed by it. I just think it is unexpected and funny to see athis picture on a t-shirt.
EA: Do you ever feel sad after you’ve sold something you created? Like, “oh! bye dinosaur t-shirt! I hope you find a good home.” Or is it more like, “yay, now someone else can love you too, dinosaur t-shirt,” or are you more sane then we are and refrain from making emotional attachments to inanimate objects?
Lillian: I connect emotionally to object all the time, maybe that’s why I have such a hard time throwing things away. With the t-shirts, I’m not sad to see them go, I’m happy and flattered that somebody wants to wear it. It makes me feel really good when people are interested in the things I make. Also, the beauty of silkscreening is that I can always make more prints of the images.

EA: Finally, do you feel that East Austin has influenced you and your work in any way? What brought you to this neighborhood in the first place? What’s your favorite East Austin place?

Lillian: Hmmm, I’m not sure about East Austin specifically influencing my work, but living here has been great. I moved to the neighborhood when my friend was about to move out of her amazing house, so she left and I inherited this happy home full of cobwebs and white drapes. I live next to the Oakwood Cemetary, which is perhaps my favorite place on the east side of I-35, either there or my front porch.

Thanks Lillian!

If any of you guys out there know of any East Austinite designers with their wares on Etsy, please let them know that we are looking for more people to talk to. They can e-mail us at eastaustinite@gmail.com

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30 10 2008
connie

what a zany lady! i bet she trains, physiologically.

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