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Australian designer Ngaio Parr is a force. She’s a teacher, runs her own studio, started the women’s creative conference Make Nice, and has spoken at many design events, including this one at Creative Mornings which is where we first became acquainted with the legendary designer.

1. What is your life motto right now?

Feel the fear and do it anyway. 

2. What's your most-played song within the past week? Why?


Something New by Babe Rainbow. They always bring the sunny vibes, even when it’s cold.   


3. Top 3 books of all time:

A Field Guide To Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit. 

The Year Of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion. 

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, Jessica Hopper.


4. Your approach to health in one sentence:

What I’d like it to be — looking after my body is a form of self-respect.

5. Your approach to happiness in one sentence:

Joy > Happiness. 

6. Your approach to dating/love in one sentence:

I’m a big fan of independence in a relationship — it means you can both bring back our own travel experiences, discussions, and knowledge back and make each other stronger for it.    

7. Your most used word:


Feel the fear —

and do it anyway.

8. Last Screenshot:


9. What are 1-3 things you do when you feel blue to make yourself feel better? / or feel like you’re having an off day?

Take my dog for a walk, eat something delicious, & let myself feel the feelings.

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12. Most inspiring quote:

“When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead” — Ernest Hemingway


Inspiring less so, but most “I feel seen” quote: 


“All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life—where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.” — Miranda July

13. What was the last thing that made you laugh?

My husband’s kitchen dancing. Also — the dad jokes on the American National Park Service Instagram. 

14. Who’s someone who you can rely on to always make you smile? Why/what do they do?


My husband, with the aforementioned dancing. Also — my dog Iggy Pup with basically every movement she makes. 


15. Best advice you’ve ever gotten:


Spend time on the things that are most important to you everyday. Hot tip: this is rarely work-related!   


16. Someone/something that changed your life (for the better):


Actually sitting down and thinking ahead to the kind of person I want to be, the kind of life I want to live, and what I value in my life was a game changer. Taking the time to figure all of this out makes it so much easier to see the path you’d like to take, accept or decline opportunities, and enjoy the process!  


17. Most overrated advice / trend right now (in your opinion):


To follow your passion and everything will work out. Not true! Very privileged!


It’s also okay to not make your passion your job. The world wouldn’t go around if everyone expected to make a living doing what they love. Sometimes it is a side-gig, sometimes it is a hobby, sometimes it is all of the above, and that is okay. 


18. Something you feel like saying:


It might sound depressing, but no one really cares — and that is so freeing! The voice in your head might tell you differently, but rarely does anyone think about if your work was good enough in that Instagram post, or if your outfit was the same as last time they saw you. 

19. Fave website / youtube video / link online at the moment: 


Not strictly online but I just watched the documentary 2040, and I’d like everyone to make their least environmentally friendly family/friends watch this with them. I consider myself a very environmentally conscious person, but there is always more we can do. It can feel hopeless with such horrible economic and government inaction but this film gives me hope that we can all make a change — whether it is driving less, reducing out meat consumption, or volunteering to plant trees. 

20. Fill in the blank: I’m happiest when I: _______________________

Stop trying to be happy!


21. Tag a gem who inspires you: