Beatrice Thompson & Lucia | Art Director & Designer at Roundhouse

Beatrice art directed and designed for Adidas, now designs stuff for Poler alongside her day job at Roundhouse, and tends a particularly charming stream of photos of her adorable dog bud Lucia. Whether in photography, direction, design or graphics, her work is lighthearted, bold and regularly involves fur. All of it can be found at Abeille Design.

Your manifesto / rules to live by / motto:

I’ve got a few. It’s mostly just trying to be a kind person and not beating myself up mentally too much. I’m a firm believer in saying what you mean/feel/think/will do with integrity and then following through as fully as you can. Being able to trust from all fronts is super important. I also have sticky notes spread throughout the places I spend time that I can constantly reference on a daily basis – bathroom mirror, in my car, on my work computer. “Watch the breath! Quiet the mind! Accept the truth! Awaken the heart! Experience bliss!”

How would you describe your work if you left out all the boring parts?

As a whole: all over the place. I tend to get complacent and bored easily, so it’s better if I can switch things up. Currently I’m in a heavy photo phase (it’s where my roots originally lie).

On an individual level: simple. I say that not in the sense that what I do is simple, but rather the process or techniques used. There is a lightness or effortlessness vibe that comes off the finished pieces. I think of my work like it’s an extension of my fashion style – often basic and clean pieces, yet if you pay attention to all the tiny details, or if you are aware of the thought behind it all you would understand how amazing and beautiful and detailed oriented everything truly is. I like those quiet moments that most don’t notice or get. It should look and feel effortless even if it’s truly not.

Pen, pencil or stylus?

Pen. Preferably a Micron 02 in black.

Be honest: how often do you clean your desk?

Not often. Usually only if it gets cluttered with stuff not supposed to be on it and I need the space to work on.

Designing Patterns for Decoration, Fashion and Graphics

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