Monday, March 21, 2011

Design inspiration from Lisa Frank

When I was in college and took a lot of creative writing classes, my poetry professor asked me once what poet had the greatest influence on my writing. I immediately said, "Bob Dylan," and he had a nervous breakdown. Sure, I love Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, and a lot of others, but I was listening to Dylan in the womb. Of course he had more influence on me than Keats, right?

Before I knew anything about Gustav Klimt or Georges Seurat, I was a sticker and stationery fanatic. So, today I salute the colorful, rambuctious, slightly hallucinogenic joy that is The World of Lisa Frank! Lisa Frank is an American artist who creates cute and rainbow laden trippy art, transformed into stickers, binders, and all sorts of merchandise beloved by young girls, and we older girls, around the world. Lisa's art inspired me in my youth because, well, it was marketed directly at me. I still love her fiercely, with that nostalgic romantic love reserved for Eighties hair bands and the TV show Head of the Class.

What brought about this winsome longing for all things Lisa Frank you might ask? I had a not so great few days. I was walking through Wal-Mart, and what materialized before my weary eyes? A display of rainbowlicious Lisa Craft products. Yes, I bought the mega box of happy stickers! Yes, I will put them on the envelopes of MAB orders when I ship! I may even get them out tonight when I'm making jewelry, and let all of those candy colors just seep right into my creations.
Lisa Frank, I salute you and thank you for your candy colored kittens and unicorns of endless happiness. You have made my life a better place.
If you want a true Lisa Frank overdose, you can visit her website. Do not get out your credit card first, I'm warning you!


  1. I <3 Lisa Frank! ...though I don't like the stupid Bratz-looking people she's doing now. Back to the cute animals, lady! ;)

  2. LOL, my daughter just got a giant lipstick tube bank of Lisa Frank products for her birthday. Stickers, a puzzle, dry erase board, stationary, loads of other stuff.

  3. Ok I didn't heed your advice. I clicked with charge card in hand and ...they're updating the shopping system! Damn! and I was all ready to cover my house is candy colored cuteness!

  4. KATT, go to Wal-Mart! They have a whole endcap of Lisa Frank hallelujah!