We’re crazy for Flickr and love when great books come together from Flickr groups. Case in point – “It’s a Girl Thing” by Lori Andrews, aka ‘The 10-Cent Designer’. Lori collected various images from the ‘it’s a girl thing’ group on Flickr and created a book for all the members to have and share. Pretty good idea, huh? We decided to catch up with Lori and pick her bookmaking mind on the how, what’s and why’s of her life.
Why do you do what you do? I have a prevailing motto in everything I do. It is the simple phrase “come from art” that inspires me at every step. Interior design, photography, painting, creating and personal styling are more than just work and hobbies to me. These things are my purpose in life. Along with “come from art” I also rely on the mantra “come from integrity”. Together my mantra’s remind me to do everything to the best of my ability and for the right reasons. When I put together the “it’s a girl thing” Summer Book, I did it for the love of photography.
Where do you find inspiration? My inspiration comes from magazines, modern art, and from my own childhood memories. Through my art I want to create an impression that reflects the beauty and perfection of the world through the eyes of my own childhood experiences.
What is your favorite childhood book? Little Golden Books – Little Mommy
If you could only use one camera for the rest of your life, which would it be? Holga. It is simple to use and light as a feather and it can make even the most mundane items seem magical.
Did you work on this book alone, or as a collaborative effort? What were some of the highlights of pulling it all together? The photographs in “it’s a girl thing” Summer Book were provided by the participants in my Summer contest in the flickr group “it’s a girl thing”. When someone suggested that we should have a book I jumped on board, got all the required releases and made a book with all the girls involvement. I really loved the themes and stories that began to appear as I assembled the book. So many universal “girl things” made me smile as the participants are from all over the world.
If you could bestow one bookmaking tip on the world, what would it be? Keep it simple.
Couldn’t agree more – simplicity is key in making a great book with ease. Have a collaborative book you’ve done that you want to share? Drop us a comment with a link back to your book for the world to see. In the meantime, you can see more of Lori’s books here and follow her Flickr Photostream here.