Lydia Morrow

She / Her
Designer and Maker

I’ve been making my own clothes and toys since I was 5 years old, and still feel like I’m doing it the same way today. I try to bring the fluidity, impulsiveness, and playfulness that I’ve had since childhood into my practice of making and designing- whether its for my art work, clients, or personal projects. I knit, embroider, sew, draw, and crochet, but I hate doing things ‘the right way’- I call myself a ‘fashion clown’ since, in all honesty, as a disabled and neurodivergent person, my way of working is always a little bit funny, absurd, and confusing. I also like to think it gives people a lot of joy and entertainment and aesthetic pleasure though! 

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

Music has been an essential part of my life since day 1. My dad was a singer in a punk band, so some of my earliest memories are of being on stage at shows, and getting to hang out with musician friends of my parents who I admired a lot. When I was a kid and into my teens, I taught myself the basics of a few instruments and would spend countless hours writing and recording little songs. My childhood and adolescence were almost entirely characterised by me listening to music while making things or drawing. I’ve always felt with particular songs a ‘heart pang’ urge to create.

Tell us about your playlist:

For this playlist I tried to think back to as many songs as possible that gave me that ‘heart pang’ I was talking about. It’s a bit about nostalgia, the songs that made me recognise the uncontrollable unarguable fact that I need to be creative, and that drove my pre-teen to late teen years, where everything was felt so much more intensely. These songs help me access that inspiration today and even though a lot of them aren’t what I’d choose as much now, I listen to them and feel transported to sitting drawing on the floor with freezing hands while my back got just a tiny bit burnt by the crappy radiator in my teenage bedroom. I’m sure there are so many more- I’l add them as I find them- and I’ve put in a couple from more recently for good measure, but anyway I hope u enjoy!

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Making Room

  1. Graze – Animal Collective
  2. Acid – Jockstrap
  3. Caramelize – Frankie Cosmos
  4. Publisher – Blonde Redhead
  5. Tipp City – The Amps
  6. Red Rabbits – The Shins
  7. Roll Bus Roll – Jeffrey Lewis, Junkyard
  8. Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
  9. Friend Crush – Friends
  10. Oblivion – Grimes
  11. I Walked – Sufjan Stevens
  12. Winter Wonderland – Animal Collective
  13. Dr Strangeluv – Blonde Redhead
  14. Phantom Limb – The Shins
  15. Eugene – Sufjan Stevens
  16. The Fairest Of The Seasons – Nico
  17. Nightcall – Kavinsky
  18. Good Feeling – Violent Femmes
  19. Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  20. I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground, Nico
  21. Easy – Son Lux
  22. My Lung – Jo Mango
  23. Stumbleine – The Smashing Pumpkins
  24. Song For Jesse – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
  25. Go Outside – Cults
  26. I’m His Girl – Friends
  27. Through the Hosiery – Crystal Castles
  28. Numbers – These New Puritans
  29. Suspect Device – Stiff Little Fingers
  30. Gouge Away – Pixies
  31. Genesis – Grimes
  32. Roadrunner (Once) – The Modern Lovers
  33. What Do I Get? – 2001 Remastered Version – Buzzcocks
  34. Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying – Belle and Sebastian
  35. Expectations – Belle and Sebastian
  36. Soft Shock – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  37. Skeletons – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  38. Kidz Are So Small – Deerhoof
  39. Romulus – Sufjan Stevens
  40. Ordinary Pleasure – Toro y Moi
  41. Long Road Home – Oneohtrix Point Never