More Q&A with Lizzy Stewart

Lizzy Stewart Molten LightHot damn! English artist Lizzy Stewart creates visuals that will punch you right
in the cockles. We reprinted her excellent riff on Chad VanGaalen's “Molten Light” in EYE SPY (seen in proper sequence here, along with a brief Q&A). Read more of our cross-Atlantic exchange with her below, but first get a load of the fact that she can't seem help herself from working with Canadian musicians.

Exhibit A: She also drew the cover for the UK release of Woodpigeon's Treasury Library Canada. Dig it.

Exhibit B: Via her publishing duo, Sing Statistics, she put out a beautiful book called We Are The Friction, which interweaves writing and illustration by a mixed bag of wonderful artists, including Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade), Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, Blackout Beach), Woodpigeon's Mark Hamilton and Chris Eaton (Rock Central Plaza), plus three other Canucks with artsy ants in their pants. Dig it too.

Anyway, without further adieu, on with the Q&A:

Tell me about your workspace.

It's a real mess at the moment. It's a spare bedroom in our flat, so effectively it's a child's bedroom. It's got a small bed and a wardrobe, and I'm kind of crammed at a desk in the middle with all manner of tat, bits of tissue paper and stuff covering every surface. I really like it. I've never had my own workspace before. In our last flat, I kind of worked in the living room, which made me a bit mental.

How did you go about choosing and enlisting the contributors for We Are The Friction?

It's me and my boyfriend, who's a graphic designer, working under the name Sing Statistics. We did the first book, I Am The Friction, while we were both still at college. It was just the two of us collaborating, and we made 100, and it was kind of a small affair and we enjoyed it, but it was exhausting because I was doing 10 illustrations and he was writing 10 stories, so it was a massive undertaking for the two of us. So we thought we'd rope in some other people. And I guess we got a bit shameless, and a bit too gutsy. And so after a couple of beers in our living room, we were just like, 'No, send the e-mail! Send the e-mail! Ask them, Go on.” And just asking people that we really loved or we'd admired for ages and never ever dreamed of working with. And of the 28 people we emailed, 24 said yes, and that was ace. We're doing the next one now. We've just had the first round of contributions sent to us, and they're insane and just make me so excited. But we've been similarly shameless, just asking people we love and who we want to be when we grow up. It's been cool.

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