For many of the creators we’ve featured in our Daydream Artist Series, quarantine during the time of COVID-19 has inspired a slew of new hobbies and interests. But for graphic designer Michelle Lung, that passion for learning and trying new things has always existed.
“My interests are constantly changing, and I just want to consume knowledge about everything and anything,” Michelle revealed. “Lately, I’ve learned what it takes to be a beekeeper, taught myself to knit a blanket, watched a video on how to survive in an air bubble at the bottom of the ocean — and that’s just skimming the surface of it!”
Michelle’s artful eye, inquisitive nature, and lovably quirky sense of humor caught our attention for this series, and it’s easy to see why — go ahead and try not to crack a smile when someone describes themselves as “a couch potato with the soul of a 10-year-old and interests similar to your kooky neighbor that builds picnic tables for squirrels.”
Chatting with the Atlanta-based graphic designer was a pure delight, and we hope her take on daydreaming, creative inspiration, and life in general will bring a bit of joy and levity to your day.
Q: What's a perfect daydream look like to you?
Michelle: The perfect daydream should be like a story. There should be a beginning, middle, and an end. For example, the daydream begins with me meeting Elon Musk. In the middle, we get married. And in the end, he takes me to Mars. Boom! Perfect daydream.
Q: What things do you consider part of your "artist's toolbox" of inspiration?
Michelle: I think inspiration is all around us. Surround yourself in it. A lot of us spend a big chunk of time on social media. Take this simple first step: stop following toxic social media accounts and start following accounts that make you curious. The algorithm will do its thing and before you know it, you’ll be productively social browsing!
Q: When are you most creative?
Michelle: This may sound a little bonkers, but I’m most creative right before bed. I will close my eyes and think about my design problems and how to fix them, and as I drift off my consciousness fades and my subconsciousness kicks in and starts to morph and change my ideas in a more creative way. By the time I fall asleep, I’ve already come up with a few new ideas for the morning!
Q: If you had three rules to live by, what would they be?Michelle: 1) Don’t stress because time is inevitable. It will come and it will pass, and whatever you’re worrying about will be over with and forgotten. 2) Keep an open mind! Facts are just opinions until they are proven. What if we never proved gravity was real? Wouldn’t it be foolish of us to think gravity is fake because there is no proof? 3) Realize that other people’s opinions of you really do not matter at all.
Q: Tell us about your process and inspiration behind this artwork piece. What is your daydream and how can people feel inspired to daydream during these tough times?
Michelle: I’ve always had a fascination with space and the human space race. In my opinion, the idea that Earth cannot hold our human population forever is accurate and almost undeniable. Some of the smartest people in the world are working on reusable rockets because to prepare and acknowledge the fact that this may someday be a reality. When you start daydreaming about the bigger picture, it has a comforting way of making what’s going on in the world a seem a little smaller.