Designer of furniture and interior objects, Amanda Lilholt is an expert in mixing materials. Her keen eye for details and handmade practice, which makes her closer to a craftsman and artist by right. We have asked her about her passion, worklife, and inspirational sources.
How and when did your passion for design start?
My passion for creating started as I was very young. I played music, I made my own songs, I developed my own board games, I built tree houses in the garden and I have always had this urge for creating. But my interest for design started many years after that. It started kind of random in 2009 when I was traveling around the world. The year after I took some drawing classes, went to a high school for art and design and applied for the Danish design school and got in.
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started out as designer?
I wish I had been better to reach out, ask for help and in general been better to acknowledge that you can´t make everything on your own. Today it means that I have started to collaborate with production companies that can take care of the challenges you meet in production, which saves me a lot of energy, sleepless nights and brain twisting. Before I did everything myself from sketch to final product.
Where do you seek inspiration?
I seek inspiration everywhere and often unconsciously. My inspiration often starts as an inner journey, so it’s rare that I seek inspiration to a specific project at a specific place, but of course it’s affecting me where I go, what I see, who I talk to and so on. But one thing for sure, nature is a huge inspiration for me, not understood as one to one inspiration, but my mind gets filled up with good energy, peace and harmony when I’m in nature and that is a huge generator for a creative process for me.
How do you use materials in your work, and what does the use of certain materials do to you?
The material is alfa omega for me and is always my starting point. I have an experimental way of working, so instead of deciding what to design I often start with the materials and investigate them, challenge their purpose to make it my own story. I love to challenge an already existing material to find new expressions. I work ‘hands on’ with everything I do, so to have the materials in my hands is always a starting point for me.
Is there anything else that you’re also passionate about at the moment?
I’m extremely passionate about self-development at the moment. I have been working so much for the past 5 years that I kind of forgot to take care of who I am when I don´t work. My work is a huge part of my life so of course I haven’t lost myself completely, but it’s interesting to get to the bottom of yourself and to see yourself in a new perspective.
Passion; also known as dedication, as hunger, it is the desire to destroy oneself for one’s art. To tear down, move, or start over in order to rebuild and expand. The feeling of not being able to let go. It is a human condition that most are bound by.
Even though we are JUST human, JUST women, JUST female, we all have that drive that makes us ‘more than’. It is what makes us-, our stories-, and our creations unique. From a job, to a child, to a hobby gone wild, we, and you, are more than JUST female. We have gathered some of the most inspiring Danish women that we know for a talk about passion, creativity, and the balance between worklife and homelife.
Let their inspiring stories, trials and errors be a reminder that we all can struggle, we can fail, but something will always have us return to that same place of passion. And maybe the point is not necessarily to succeed, but to have given it your all, and grown in the process.
Tell us about your passion, struggle, and successes!