Erin Lightfoot, Artist and designer, Self-Titled Label Erin Lightfoot

Listen to The Beatles. Read Oscar Wilde. Watch Louis CK ...

The youthful talents of artist and designer Erin Lightfoot shine true when a fusion of colour and pattern emerge from the kiln on a delicate ceramic surface. Creating her self-titled label Erin Lightfoot in 2011, Erin signature is the application of abstract, Art Deco and Bauhaus inspired designs onto paper, porcelain and fabric. While studying graphic design with a web design focus, Erin found codes and keys weren’t her passion, shifting her concentration to fashion design. It was while studying fashion that her love of print-making was founded, designing all the fabrics for her graduate collection. After graduating, Erin spent some time with her mum, learning the art of ceramics as something to pass the time while the idea of entering the real world settled in. Now as well as her porcelain jewellery line, she dabbles in upholstering furniture and cushions and has vases extended her hand-formed ceramic designs to vases and lampshades. The Weekend Edition caught up with Erin at her Red Hill studio to discover her essentials for a perfect weekend.

How do you like to start your weekend?
Breakfast in the company of friends or family.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
Wake up early and sit in bed with coffee and magazines.

How do you like to unwind?
With a glass or few of red wine and an episode or few of Seinfeld.

What are your essentials for a well-spent weekend?
Good food, friends, time outside and getting some work done.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to do on the weekend but haven’t got around to yet?
Go camping with my boyfriend.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday evening?
Have a home cooked dinner with my flatmates and whoever is dropping in.

What are you looking forward to next weekend?
Spending some time on a side project – making a table lamp.

What are you reading at the moment?
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

What inspires you?
Ted talks, my mum, other people’s work … colour, pattern and objects that start the bud of an idea which I build into something else.

What was your childhood dream?
To be the host of Getaway. Ha! It’s changed since then.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Running my own label for the past year.

What is success to you?
When people are engaged with your work and you can make enough money to keep doing what you do.

What are your words of wisdom?
Listen to The Beatles. Read Oscar Wilde. Watch Louis C.K.

Only a local would know … there are awesome swimming holes at Mount Glorious.


Perk up … The cabin.
Relax … The beach.
Dine …  My friend Jess’ house.
Indulge … On my balcony with a cheese plate, wine and good friends.
Shop … The flower stalls at Kelvin Grove Markets.
Catch-up … I really like chatting in parked cars.
Be inspired … The Internet or in my studio with fellow housemates/jewellers Sarah Ware and Ida.


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