WHAT DO THE WORDS "CREATIVE COMMUNITY" BRING TO MIND FOR YOU? HOW DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST WAY TO UTILIZE MEMBERS IN A CREATIVE COMMUNITY?
The words ‘creative community’ immediately make me thing about collaboration, support & passion. Right?! I guess a community can start with one other person. It has too. I’m semi shy and refer to myself, often, as a social hermit. So a community better be able to start with one other person! And we should be like-minded in our goals and thoughts, but different enough that we can learn from each other. That can easily scale up to a larger group. It should be full of thoughtful like-minded people (creative-obviously) with variations of their own personalities. Keeping it fun and interesting. Utilization is about sharing & connecting to me. We help each other. 10 fingers, please! WORD!
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM ASSIGNMENT?
My dream assignment, right now, would be doing a collaborative fashion window installation for a large high-end retailer. I suppose it doesn’t have to be high end at all, just a big open space looking out onto the streets, begging for someone to pay attention. “Take me somewhere!” in the form of large-scale collage combined with objects and painting. Maybe even -dare I say…technology! Next up would be a look book type thing for any brand. I do enjoy dreaming of making these for really fun brands that take risks in their look books and overall messaging like Prada, miu miu and H&M. I LOVE making books and artful things with humans in them. It’s incredibly rewarding and fun for me. I also love thinking about how it can breakdown into other channels, campaign style.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN YOUR SUCCESS AS A CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL?
So many people have been instrumental in whatever success I may or may not have. But really how do you define ‘success’? Seems like this is an age-old question. It’s different for everyone and I’d say there is never really a constant of ‘success’. Being from an artistic family and living in a community of artists at an early age, it was impossible not to love being creative from the get go. It’s something I did with my mom, my grandmother and my closest of friends. More recently it’s my close friends that love talking with me about my work and then running assignments together. Which is all about keeping the mind thinking and creating fun interesting things. The instagram community I get to engage and collaborate with on many different levels. It’s been a true blessing. I’ve made lots of artistic friends in this social space. I love looking at all kinds of art and I especially love being inspired by others out in the world more than anything. Inspirations can be discovered through instagram, friends, artists, museums, found objects, and my kids….
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CREATIVE PROFESSION?
Never be afraid to try something new and never, ever, ever, EVER be afraid to fail. Some of the best things in life come from those moments. I read this this morning and it resonated with me with regards to the above, “The thing we all have to remember, though, is that if it doesn’t scare us even a little bit, then it lacks the ability to be that once in a lifetime opportunity to change our lives for the better. Nothing amazing ever comes from us staying in our comfort zones.”
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST SUPPER?
I LOVE THIS QUESTION! First, my last supper would be an amazing collage of blues, yellows – hints of the ocean, sunshine and there would be a few halos. It would be about cheese, fig spreads, wine (lots of wine), veggies and fruits. Good colors. Gluten-free a must. No baguettes, they function as weapons. It would most certainly not be about betrayal, but trickery, jokes and perhaps high-end fashion that was large scale living in a window somewhere like….Neiman Marcus. Hehehe! I might have to dip portions of it in gold. Yes, this would be a must. If you really want to know what my last supper would be, it would involve wine, red: Cleto Chiarli Grasparossa di Castelvetro Lambrusco... Or a nice Pinot Noir. Lots of delicious cheese, seafood, and greenery adorned with tomatoes, nuts and golden niblets. I’d pretty much eat mostly anything, but as a girl who grew up on/in the ocean, fresh food obtained from the sea if preferred.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES/BOOKS/BLOGS/WEBSITES FOR INSPIRATION?
Well, that’s secret shit. I kid! Most recently, and I am semi-embarrassed to admit this, I got a Boston Public Library card. To the BIG Library, not the one down the street from my house. I’m starting to get inspired from a whole new angle. I’m excited!
I follow a lot of fashion/artist/interesting types on tumblr that I get inspiration from. There is some seriously crazy stuff out there, crazy good stuff. Search for anything on tumblr you like or need and I’m sure you will find a few peoples feeds that you find inspiring or interesting to look at.
Pinterest is semi HUGE for me. I have so many secret boards with lots of inspiring images and art on them that I can re-purpose for things I make. However, Pinterest is getting too business oriented and serving up one to many ads and ‘you might like’ tiles, that I have already liked. So not only is it annoying, its not even personalized based on what I have. So the enjoyment factor has dipped a bit. But my boards are still inspirational to me without a doubt.
WHAT'S IN YOUR HANDBAG RIGHT NOW?
This is when I get to pretend I am a fancy celebrity in LUCKY mag. Eva Chen eat your heart out. Currently, my bag is a Sleazy Jane Bag by Oh.my.bag with a double golden chain. It’s a favorite.
INSIDE YOU WILL FIND:
- Mac plug for my laptop
- Leather makeup pouch with golden paint block prints by my best friend Julia from the Sarah Elizabeth Shop.
- Rayban wayfarer shades in brown wrapped leather (in their case)
- 1 gold sharpie
- 1 black sharpie
- A persimmon clutch with tiger stripes and a dog portrait on the back.
- In that clutch is a tiny brown leather vintage purse with gold and brown design work on the outside and a gold clasp. A gift from a best friend. It also has money, few cards and some receipts in it.
- 2-iPod touches- my daughters that are locked for 3 million hours and I cant unlock them, an iPhone 4 with a demoed screen and an iphone3. Need to get the oldies fixed as music things around the house.
- 2 - 4x4 collages
- Work badge
- Client badge
- 1 old crumpled grocery list
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