• Kate Neilson

This human wants to keep your ear holes culturally relevant

We speak with Melbourne maker, Holly Flynn (@littlelegendsart), who tells us about her nifty pop culture inspired earrings and how she got into the jewellery making business. She also passes on some sage advice, shares her favourite designs and speaks on why it's important to keep your creativity alive outside of your 9-5 gig.

Describe your ~vibe~ using three words.

I don’t know :)

Ok,I’ll try for real. Maybe: handmade, novelty & fun.

Can you tell us how you got into the jewellery making game?

I’ve always been creative. Drawing was something I did all the time growing up. I slowed down when VCE started but when I started university, I realised I was really missing a creative outlet. Whilst on holiday, I started drawing again, doing caricatures of my favourite celebrities and characters for friends and family which sort of developed into what I do now.

I’d seen some great videos on YouTube of people experimenting with shrink plastic and wanted to give it a go! I liked the idea of turning my art into something unique and wearable.

What inspired you to focus various on pop-culture icons?

I guess I’m a bit of a nerd. I’ve always had a huge love for film & TV and probably spend far too much time in front of the telly. Music and art are other big passions of mine, so it seemed obvious for me to make earrings of my favourite icons and characters from popular culture. Like most people who create, I started by making earrings that I would want to wear. It was a bonus when others began wanting them too.

What’s your favourite piece of jewellery that you’ve made?

Tough question – I can’t pick just one! Shakespeare was one of my first designs, so I’ve got a soft spot for that design. As an anglophile (lover of all things British) I am quite fond of my Poirot and TARDIS (Doctor Who) dangles and various Harry Potter designs. Kramer and George (Seinfeld) are a fun mismatched pair. My Wonder Woman’s are nice and colourful. The popcorns are a cute accessory for all movie lovers, likewise my David Lynch pair. Customer wise, I think my Bowie, Frida and Daria pairs are up there with my most popular earrings.

"I liked the idea of turning my art into something unique and wearable."

Other than through making your jewellery, how do you keep your creative tank filled?

I love creative writing and drawing and coming up with original content for my Little Legends social media accounts. I like to go to conventions such as Supanova and Oz Comic Con for fun and inspiration. Although I no longer play electric guitar at a professional level, that’s another creative avenue I can pick up whenever I feel like it too.

What’s the best thing about your hometown?

It (Melbourne) has everything you need. A great music and art scene, good shops and good food. Also, the beach or countryside are not too far away if you want a break from the city.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Have a hobby. Sometimes the things you really love doing don’t constitute a job or income, so although earning a living is important, you shouldn’t give up on what makes you happy. Write a novel in your spare time, go surfing on the weekends, paint portraits after work. Keep your creativity alive as much as possible.

…and what advice would you offer to someone who was wanting to start their own business?

The same thing. And try not to be motivated by money or what seems to be the trend of the moment. The more different your work is, the better. You’ll probably end up tapping into a market you didn’t even know existed.

Who is your style icon?

Amy Lee (of Evanescence) has a style I love. Lots of black, gorgeous slick eyeliner and long raven hair. She’s such a natural beauty. I’ve adored her since I was 8 years old and was lucky enough to meet her before her concert earlier this year and tell her exactly that. She wears what makes her comfortable and best represents her personality and her art. I love that about her. Although I don’t dress this cool at all, the Harry Potter girls have pretty awesome styles albeit very different ones (most notably Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter and Natalia Tena).

"Have a hobby. Sometimes the things you really love doing don’t constitute a job or income, so although earning a living is important, you shouldn’t give up on what makes you happy."

What Simpsons character do you most identify with (and why)?

I wasn’t allowed to watch The Simpsons growing up (shock horror!) but having seen episodes here and there over the years, I’d probably have to say I most identity with Lisa. I was a diligent student. I do have Homer tendencies for sure though (did someone say donuts?!)

To see more of Holly's work, follow her on Facebook and Instagram @littlelegendart.

Kate Neilson is the Founding Editor at Twenty Something Humans. She likes to eat toast in bed and feels awkward writing about herself in third person. Lurk her @katiepotatierose.

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