Positive quotes and colorful inspiration, count me in! The beautiful hand cut letter quote art of Lynn Giunta is the perfect addition for any room in a colorful home. The level of detail, texture and depth within her work is out of this world. All of the thought and love that goes into her pieces is fantastic, it’s seriously like if your mom were to whisper words of love and encouragement to you! She doesn’t yet have a website or online shop, but she does sell her art directly from Instagram, if you see something you like shoot her a message. Be sure to follow her instagram account, not only for beautiful eye catching colors, but positive inspiration.
Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
I have always been a maker. My mom was the Girl Scout leader and I have really fond memories of always making and crafting Girl Scout projects. I made houses for my barbie dolls; the whole month of January we would set up a card table and make felt and sequin decorations for the next Christmas holiday. I was very lucky to grow up in a household that encouraged making everything by hand. To this day—I try to make as much with my hands as I can before having to finish up digitally.
I was very lucky to get a job with Hallmark Cards right out of college. I have spent a career learning from some of the most talented and inspiring artists you can imagine. 5 years ago, as my 3 boys were growing up and going to college, I realized I was going to have more time on my hands. I started wondering–what kind of art do I make that hasn’t been requested by someone else? Hallmark hosts a maker art fair once a year and I decided to participate–to see what I could make that others might like to buy. I was very into doing tissue paper collage at the time, so I started out with that. As I have continued along I have introduced different kinds of painted papers and patterns into my work, but it’s always been about cut paper for me.
How would you describe your home decor style?
Our home style is modern eclectic. We have my art as well as art by friends hanging on the walls. We also have some cool funky skateboards hanging in a couple rooms of our house.
What inspires you when you get in a rut?
I do get into a rut! I try to not do word quotes one after another–so I will challenge myself and try to do an abstract or an animal. I’ll tell myself I have to pick a completely different color palette or do a piece that uses a dark color for a background instead of white. I try to always be thinking in the back of my mind–what do I want to make next? Because if I’m already thinking about it, I start to have a game plan even before I sit down. I also eavesdrop to hear what people are saying and when I hear a good phrase I type it into my notes so that I have a list of words that I want to design. You will also see that I have lots of visual inspiration hanging in my studio–pieces that I have done as well as pieces by my friends. When I look at those it reminds me of how lucky I am to get to play and have fun–it makes me want to jump in and make something else.
What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
COLORS–I love color!! I especially love pink. So sometimes I have to tell myself that I have to design something without the color pink. I think I have a some favorite colors that reappear in my art quite a bit–mustard, orangey red, aqua blue, neon pink and brown or black. But I also really like doing work that only uses one color, black and white. Many times I start out a piece just by pulling out colors and selecting the color palette.
Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
You can see from the photo what my home studio looks like. I have a room in our basement that I have slowly taken over. I have plastic tubs that I store my collage papers in—I separate them into red/pink/yellow, blue/green, brown black. I included a picture of my pasta bowl that i use for leftover letters and scraps that i cannot bear to part with. Sometimes i find just the right scrap in there to complete a piece.
Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
There are a lot of awesome creators out there!! I am inspired every day.
Nate Williams (n8w) is someone I have followed forever and his work inspires me just as much today as 10 years ago. It’s full of imaginative illustrations, lettering and amazing color.
Clover Robin (clover_robin) is someone who really inspires me with her mastery of collage–she is so good. She includes just the right amount of detail and her work is like no other.
Terry Runyan (terryrunyan) is a friend of mine that is such an amazing illustrator–she puts so much personality into her creations. She also does Youtube videos about finding your own creative voice. She inspired me to try and make something every day at lunch–I don’t always make it. But she made me realize that creating is often like exercise–you just have to do it and get into the habit.
Lastly I’m including someone who has inspired me since college–Sister Corita Kent. She is no longer alive–but if you look up her work you will see just the most amazing use of graphic design and lettering. I would love to have a piece of hers to hang in my home!