Babe of the Month is a monthly blog series created by me to promote inspiring women online.
I can’t recall when I actually stumbled upon Dear Pravda, the well curated space created by artist Rebecca Larsson, but the fascination was instant. It’s a mixture of her art projects and creative frustration, stunning videos of her fellow artist friends shaving their heads or replanting flowers, photos from life at art school and her thoughts captured in fragments. No post or art piece is really like the other and still they manage to coherently reflect the mind of this enchanting chick. I figured that it was about time that I get to know more about this wondrous person.
Hello Rebecca, how has you day been?
Hi Linn! It’s been a busy day packing since I’m travelling to Lithuania tomorrow with my art class! I also had to finish illustrating the album cover for Death Team’s new single, so there’s been no time for rest.
See, you always seem busy with new creative projects. I want to know more! Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I’m 22 years old and I study Art at Munka Folkhögskola outside Ängelholm. I’ve been here for almost a year now and I think I will do another! Mostly I do oil painting and sketching but I also take photographs. I’m a vegan and love green plants so much. My room in school is like a jungle and I treat them even better then I treat real people sometimes, ha!
That’s amazing. Why do you think you got into art?
I don’t really know why. I have just been into art for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I went to Kulturskolan until I was 18 and got kicked out (in a nice way) basically because I was too old to continue. I chose art as my main subject in highschool after which I studied Art History at university for a year. I did go travelling for a while but now, here I am, studying art again! It’s just my natural habitat I guess.
Which of your projects are you most proud of?
Hm, it’s hard to choose but my most important is Letters From Friends. The letters are from close friends of mine and the stories are real, which is heartbreaking and fantastic at the same time.
What do you do to find inspiration for your creative projects?
Well, I wish I had that answer for you. Sometimes I just get so empty I can’t do anything and then I start scrolling down my favorite photographer Lukasz Wiersbowski’s tumblr. I always find something inspiring over there. I kind of handle it different each time. Like the last time I felt empty I made an embroidery which said “It’s okay to be useless or just not great at everything or better at something or just fine but feels empty sometimes”.
How did your blog dearpravda.blogg.se come about and what has it grown to be?
Dear Pravda is pretty new. I think I started it about a year ago when I arrived back to Sweden from a 8 month long journey through Australia and South East Asia. I broke up with my boyfriend at the time and I thought I needed a new place for myself and everything I did. At first it was just a place for my art and my pictures, it still is, but I think it’s a bit bigger now. It’s a place where I can dump my stuff and connect with other inspiring people over the internet (like you!).
Haha thank you! Glad we can have that exchange. What gems on your blog should new readers not miss?
Well, since I’m going to Lithuania there’s going to be a lot of photos from my trip! You don’t want to miss out on Vilnius I can tell you! Maybe I’ll post some photos from my phone while I’m there, or else I’ll be back next Saturday.
You are obviously a girl crush for me! So I’d like to know who’s yours?
There are so many girls I look up to! Almost only girls actually. Like all the fantastic Swedish cartoonist like Esters Rester and Bim Eriksson. I really love the artist Alexandra Levasseur, she is such a great painter and animator. There are so many swedish bloggers too, like Frida Vega.
So many cool chicks out there! Ok, let’s talk about guilty pleasures. What’s yours?
I have actually been thinking about that for a while since the topic was brought up in my class, but I can’t come up with one. Maybe that I like watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or something, haha! But I think everybody likes that because it’s funny and stupid but you can’t stop because it always ends with a cliffhanger!
Guess I’ll have to start watching that this year then. What can we expect from you in 2015? And in the future?
Well, I’m moving to Malmö during the summer and then back to school for my second year in August! There’s going to be such a great summer I think. Much better than the last one as a heartbroken, always-crying-person. I hope to do more collaborations with inspiring people this summer and don’t be afraid to ask if you’re interested too!
Check out Rebecca Larsson’s blog Dear Pravda
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