When #BlackGirlsWhoBlog launched last year, I had a pressing thought: “Who designed that awesome illustration on the shirts?” It didn’t take long to learn that the woman behind the image was Lindsay, an illustrator, management consultant, creative consultant and part-time student at Parsons–just to name a few roles. She is at the helm of 2nd and L, a lifestyle blog that showcases art, fashion and writing.
Lindsay is a beautiful spirit. We stumbled into a friendship last year sort of accidentally. I was going to hire her for some freelance work and our consultation turned into an hour-long conversation about life. This woman is a warrior, a resilient beauty and a talent with the world at her feet. Meet Lindsay.
Name: Lindsay Adams
Location: Washington, D.C. area
Tell us a little more about 2nd and L. What’s the inspiration for the name? What motivated you to start the blog?
2nd and L’s official inception was on October 11, 2013, my 23rd birthday! Earlier that year, my friend Sarah wanted to start a blog, and asked me to join her. That was my first time really taking a front row seat to blogging. As I became more interested, and began exploring my creativity and art further, she suggested I start my own. It is essentially just an outlet for me to share things I like, love, and appreciate with others. Even though it is heavily fashion-based, it is also very much just my creative expression. I do a lot of art work that I often forget to blog about and when there’s something heavy on my heart or mind, I focus more on writing. I want to touch and inspire as many people as possible. I was born with cerebral palsy, so I’ve owned up to my story, which I previously strayed away from, and share it with people. The name of the blog is a combination of my line number from my sorority, and the first letter of my first name.
You are a management consultant, creative consultant, art director for #BlackGirlsWhoBlog and student at Parsons. Phew! What’s your key to finding balance?
Geeesh that is a lot! I’d like to answer honestly and say I haven’t quite found the best key…but I’m in the process of figuring that out now. My full-time job is pretty demanding, so my time is spread thinly with my other responsibilities. I try to stay really organized, and write things down, and make lists. Organization and time management are so key. When that starts to dwindle, it’s usually time to holler for help. Eventually I hope everything comes together, and collides into somewhat of a beautiful disaster. Until then, its really just about prioritizing, and still making time to rest.
What is your vision for 2015?
I’m really excited about 2015 and everything that it has to bring. My vision is to continue to share my story, and continue building my art/graphic design portfolio. I really wish to embrace every moment, good, and bad…and really focus in on all of the good. I want to continue illustrating, though I may be focusing on fewer, bigger projects, rather than pushing out illustrations every other day. Although I don’t have a concrete idea of where I hope to be at the end of the year, I hope to take in every moment with an open heart.
How do art and fashion influence your life?
Art and fashion are my life! Well not really, but they are big parts of it! Faith and family fall directly before them, but they all help me keep going. I really like to see the beauty in all things. There is art in everything. A crinkled leaf on the ground, a cracked piece of glass where the light shines in, a classic Chanel bag, a Cezanne painting, or a pair of Jimmy Choos. Fashion and art are just a subset of the beauty that is in everything. It is a way for me to express that which is within me, and to sprinkle a piece of my soul onto the world.
What is the best fashion advice you’ve ever received? Best advice as an artist? Best advice as a woman?
The best fashion advice Ive ever received is, ‘You can never be overdressed, or overeducated.” It is an Oscar Wilde quote, but it inspires me to always make sure I am content with how I am presenting myself. No matter what others think, if I like it, and I feel beautiful and confident…Go for it.
As an artist: Don’t get too comfortable. Once you think you’ve mastered something, move on to something else, learn something new and overstep boundaries. Be happy with your final product, and do it because you’re passionate about it, not just because you can.
As a woman? Hmm…that’s a bit tricky. My mom has given me the best advice I’ve ever received. My favorites are “Know your worth, and be intentional and diligent in everything that you do.” and “There are no shortcuts.”
What advice would you offer to someone looking to begin working as a freelance artist or creative consultant?
As a freelance artist and a creative consultant, you have to be open minded, and willing to step out of your comfort zone. Know your strengths and your weaknesses. If there is a type of art you are not comfortable with, say that. Be willing to work with your clients in a way that captures their vision and yours. Its really all about team work and relationship. Be diligent and always provide your best work.
What 3-5 posts on 2nd and L best represent the blog’s brand?
What’s next for you?
I’m going to keep creating! Thats my gift, and thats my call. I’m a creative. I’m not always sure in which way, but it ends up leading back to that road one way or another.
How do you stay inspired?
I do a lot of reading. I look at art, pins on Pinterest, read blogs,and take photographs. Through these avenues I can always see and learn something new, which usually gives me an extra boost!
Check out Lindsay…
Some of Lindsay’s illustrations…