FILLED WITH LIGHT AND LIFE

Stefhany Y. Lozano isn’t a pho­tog­ra­pher, but you’ll find plenty of film can­is­ters in her stu­dio, along­side plants, stuffed toys and a nov­elty pen­cil sharp­ener

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Born in Bo­gotá, Colom­bia, Stefhany Y. Lozano re­lo­cated to Ger­many in 2010 thanks to a schol­ar­ship from the Ger­man Aca­demic Ex­change Ser­vice. Once there, she stud­ied for a mas­ter’s de­gree at the Burg Giebichen­stein Univer­sity of Art and De­sign Halle un­der the Ger­man il­lus­tra­tor ATAK.

She now lives in Leipzig with her hus­band, and works from home as a free­lance il­lus­tra­tor. “At the be­gin­ning it was quite hard to work from home,” she tells us. “You be­come very iso­lated from the world, but I en­joy work­ing in here and be­ing by my­self.”

Her de­sign space is in a cor­ner of their liv­ing room. “The light is amaz­ing all day long and I have a very in­ter­est­ing view of my neigh­bours,” she re­veals. “I wanted to have a very func­tional place to work where I have all things I need around me, and since we have so much stuff in this lit­tle flat, it’s full of plants, toys, books and art­works of friends and peo­ple we like that gives it the ‘look’.”

Key to the cre­ation of Lozano’s strik­ing il­lus­tra­tions is a scrap­book ( 1) that she started a few years ago, in which she keeps cut­tings from news­pa­pers, cat­a­logues and mag­a­zines to use as a source of in­spi­ra­tion. “I al­ways have it next to my desk,” she says. “It tends to be the first book I look at to [find an] im­age that works as in­spi­ra­tion for the pro­ject I am work­ing at the mo­ment.” Lozano works largely in acrylics and has a sur­pris­ing way to keep her paints in or­der, us­ing a col­lec­tion of film can­is­ters to store ready-mixed colours ( 2). “They have al­ways amazed my painter col­leagues,” she says, “since none of them seem to have sort of the same tech­nique for mix­ing colours. I al­ready have a kind of se­lected pal­ette I work with, and it’s eas­ier for me to have the colours al­ready mixed in th­ese con­tain­ers.”

An un­likely work es­sen­tial is a nov­elty go­rilla pen­cil sharp­ener ( 3) given to Lozano by a friend. “For a long time it was just a dec­o­ra­tive item,” she says, “un­til I re­alised that it’s the best sharp­ener I have ever owned. I use it all the time since I work a lot with colour pen­cils on the first drafts of my paint­ings.”

Along­side the go­rilla, Lozano and her hus­band have a num­ber of stuffed toys bright­en­ing up the apart­ment, in­clud­ing Alex ( 4). “It’s named af­ter the guy who sold it to me,” she ex­plains. “It was the first thing I bought in Ger­many, at a flea mar­ket in Düs­sel­dorf. Toys have al­ways been a good source of in­spi­ra­tion for me, and Alex was the first one to be around.”

Lozano’s space wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a few plants, par­tic­u­larly this Swiss cheese plant ( 5). “I’ve had it for more than three years,” she says. “It al­most died in one of my house moves and was left with just two of its leaves. It’s nice to see it grow again. Plants give my house that feel­ing of home.”

1 Stefhany Y. Lozano is a free­lance il­lus­tra­tor based in Leipzig, Ger­many. Orig­i­nally from Bo­gotá, Colom­bia, her clients have in­cluded Le Monde diplo­ma­tique, The New York Times and New Re­pub­lic. stefhanyepes­lozano.blogspot.co.uk

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