We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Hirway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My grandfather used to say “it’s not the things you do that you regret, it’s the things you don’t do”. That’s always stuck with me and is a phrase I especially remember when I find myself afraid to do something. It’s funny, but I think I’m afraid of regret now.
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 went to art school for college, majoring in Fibers and Art History and after a few years, I realized the textile design work I was doing wasn’t making me happy and decided to go back to school for Fashion Design. I have always enjoyed having a career in Fashion and also creating my own work. I’ve come to learn that it’s important to me to have one foot in each world, fashion and art, in order feel like I’m satisfying the different creative parts of myself. My creative path has been one of exploring different mediums but with the same goal in mind – does this reflect who I am? My brand, Larsen & Lund, original started as an upcycled leather bag company but as my priorities and interests shifted, I have shifted the brand to instead be a vehicle of showcasing the art that I make. My focus has been illustration and ceramics but the ceramics are what I’m really excited about right now. The possibilities feel so open and endless. At the beginning of the year, after feeling like I’d hit a plateau with the ceramic pieces I was making, I started experimenting with surface textures and glazes. This was all because of a solo show that I’d seen at the gallery Nonaka-Hill, of the artist Masaomi Yasunaga that really inspired me. Before that I’d always only used two glazes and two variations of clay, mostly just to have some parameters for myself. After taking a workshop on sculptural glazes, I began making my own glazes at home, creating rich textures and craters. To me the final vessels look as though they’ve been unearthed from an ancient civilization. They give a feeling of a myth or story which I find really exciting.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Assuming there wasn’t a pandemic happening, and staying home and seeing no one wasn’t the responsible thing to do…if I had a good friend visiting I think this might be my loose itinerary for us: – Breakfast as Amara Kitchen (with a GF/Vegan CC cookie as a breakfast dessert!) – Coffee and vintage shopping at my favorite local shops: Little Ripper + Sisterwife – Architectural tour of a Neutra house (which I’ve never done!) – Early morning hike to the Griffith Observatory with a coffee/snack break at Trails cafe – a photo/sketching trip to the Desert Gardens and the Huntington Library for some true Dr.Seuss inspiration – Dinner at Cacao Mexicatessen followed by ice cream at Scoops in Highland Park – Lunch at Senoratown with some downtown shopping and then a leisurely walk to the Arts District to see what exhibit is at the gallery Hauser & Wirth, and then a cocktail and snack at Manuela – Visit the Getty Villa with a dinner stop at the Malibu Farm Pier Cafe -Picnic at Occidental College (their grounds are beautiful and like a park)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Starting from an early age, my parents were always very encouraging of any creative pursuits I had. That is something I’ve never taken for granted. They both worked in science and medical fields but had an undiscovered artist hidden inside them. I think they encouraged my creativity so that they could get some sort of glimpse of the path that they felt they weren’t able to take themselves. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over ten years and during that time I’ve made some incredible friends who have been really supportive of me and my projects. There are more people than I can probably name, but to my LA friends who are artists and designers in their own right – thank you! Finally, my husband Hrishikesh has been a huge well of support and encouragement. I consider myself as pretty cautious and risk adverse and I appreciate that he has been a cheerleader, supporting me to make big, scary life decisions that help me realize my creative goals, even when I might not know what they are.