Linn lives with the love of her life, and together they have a daughter, Thale—and two feisty French bulldogs named Bella and Bobby Brown. We caught up with our cover artist on what keeps her inspired, her travels and how she creates her beautiful works:
Q: Tell us about your home town?
I live in a small town in Norway called Elverum—which is about an hour and a half from the capital, Oslo. It’s not like the typical Norway you’d expect to see. We don't have fjords or the Northern Lights (at least not often), but we do have beautiful forests and wildlife.
Q: How do you stay inspired?
I’m definitely one of those people who needs inspiration from others to keep me going. I love to follow other artists as well as interior bloggers, designer brands, magazines and influencers. All of this inspiration together then creates images in my mind of what I want to do next.
Q: You spent time in Florence?
I moved to Florence right after high school. My grandmother took me to Italy when I was young and I fell in love with the country immediately. After high school I wanted to study graphic design, but I needed to learn Italian first. So for the first year I studied the language and other subjects like art history and fashion.
Q: And then what happened?
I then enrolled in graphic design at a university called NABA, but for some reason or another it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to. So I moved back to Oslo and continued my graphic design studies there. I recently returned to Italy, where my fiancé proposed. Florence will always have a very special place in my heart. It’s the most beautiful city in the world.
Q: Talk us through your artistic process.
I normally start with inspiration, collages and sketches in Photoshop. I have a ton of Pinterest boards and saved Instagram images that inspire me when starting a piece. I put things together, pull them apart to create the sketch as I picture it. The final process is drawn with a pen on a digital drawing board.
Q: Any advice you’d give to young people wanting to start their own brand?
Do it. It’s definitely hard and you won’t be able to separate your time at work and your time off. And you need to be patient, but it’s so worth it. What’s better than living off something you love to do and are passionate about? Not much.
Q: Best part of your line of work?
Creating new pieces and also seeing how my prints are noticed around the world. Like right now, being interviewed by a South African magazine!
Q: And the hardest?
Working by yourself means no one can do the job for you. When I was pregnant I worked 12-18 hours every day, and finished my last orders the same day as giving birth. Luckily, there’s two of us working at the company now.
Q: Do you have a favourite piece of art you’ve created?
I think my favourite piece is Headdress. She was kind of my ‘break through’ piece and is still one of the most popular works two years later.
Q: What do you do for fun?
If you asked me a few years ago I would tell you throwing a party or attending events. Now it’s all about travelling and spending time with my little family, drinking a glass of wine or, if we’re feeling crazy, going to a movie. How times have changed.
Q: Have you ever visited South Africa?
Not yet, but I would love to visit one day. I plan to see the whole world by the time I turn 70, so it’s definitely on the list. I’ve also just got a sales agent in South Africa, so hopefully we’ll see more and more of my work selling in SA shops.
To find out more about Linn and to order her works online, go to www.linnwold.no.