The Meaning Behind Little Lungs


Ever since I started little lungs (FYI always lowercase) I’ve been asked by a number of people how I came up with the name and what it means. little lungs came about because I was wanting to use a name other than my own for my brand. I wanted something that was unique to me and also represented my approach to design. After a long brainstorm and many procrastination hair plaits later the idea of little lungs came to mind based on the long running joke, and truth, that I have crap lungs. This truth-lol™️ is due to the fact that I was born with a hella rare condition called Nemaline Myopathy which affects all the muscles in me bod, lungs included, making them weak af (technical term). This also means that I've had to use a wheelchair since I was six because I've got the stamina of a sloth, even taking a few steps for me is super tiring. 

Growing up with Nemaline though never affected anything I wanted to do - it did affect some places I wanted to go to though cos accessibility is shiiiet - but I was still able to get my driver’s licence (passed first time nbd), I went to uni and I’ve fucking skied. And all of that stuff is pretty commendable but it’s not inspirational. I haven't climbed Mt. Everest,  I haven't taken a make-up free selfie,  I’m literally just living my life as anyone else would. 

So from a design point-of-view little lungs is about being small, yet powerful but from a personal point-of-view it’s about not being embarrassed about the parts of myself that are flawed, instead I am taking ownership of it as something that is me, but does not necessarily define me. 

little lungs x