Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Interview: Bjorn Rune Lie.

What is your greatest achievement?
Surviving as a freelance illustrator for almost 8 years...

How would you describe your work to someone who hadn't seen it?
A dash of Grandma Moses, a sprinkle of Ernst Haeckel, a tablespoon of 1920's Russian Children's books. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 35 years. Stir occasionally.

What piece of advice would you give your 15 year old self?
"Cut back on the graffiti and take more of an interest in the natural world, you moron!!"

When are you happiest?
August, 2000. The beginning of the love story of my life. A week of pure, unadulterated bliss!

What is the worst job you have ever had?
Sales assistant at Paperchase in the now bankrupt Borders bookshop in Bristol. Only time I've worked for a big company like that..... Horrible.

What is the greatest song of all time? 
That's pretty impossible to answer! Let's say "Transparent Day" by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

 What do you dislike most about popular culture?
Don't get me started! Ok... at the moment, I'm flabbergasted that companies/people are still making "Keep Calm and Carry On" spin-off's! I thought the bottom was reached years ago, but every day I see a new brainless variation. The latest was "Keep Calm and Decorate" in the Farrow & Ball window display. The day before I saw "Keep Calm and Sleep" on some duvet covers in Tesco. How lame is that?

What is the greatest invention of all time?
The printing press.

If you didn't do what you do what would you do?
I'd really like to be a carpenter or an artisan baker!

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