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  • Q&A - James Lee

     

    Can you speak about your history and what you do?
    I'm a footwear designer based in Boston, and have worked on products for brands including Reebok, New Balance and PF Flyers.

    How did you get into footwear design?
    I knew I wanted to pursue a career in art/design and I always had an interest in footwear, but I never really thought about these 2 paths crossing. Growing up, footwear was always looked at through a consumer lens so I never thought it could be a career opportunity until my senior year of college. I spent the first 3 years of college studying industrial design so naturally I was drawn to products that people interact with everyday. Then I had a great internship opportunity with Reebok designing a football padding system and experience for the future. While I was there, I was connected with various people in the sportswear industry and I had a moment of realization that footwear design was a career path that I wanted to pursue.

    What intrigues you with footwear design? 
    Everyone consciously decides what kind of shoes they wear - it's a way of expression. Dressing down is as big of a style decision as dressing up.

    What influenced your style growing up?
    I was always influenced by my environment and the people around me. When I was younger, I looked to my older brother and my friends for style inspiration, until I started establishing my own.

    What's the biggest misconception or most overrated part about what you do? 
    People assume that I always wear crazy looking shoes all the time considering I'm a footwear designer. Since I'm already making color/material/design decisions everyday at work, I'm more drawn to quality understated shoes that I can wear everyday. Don't get me wrong tho, I do dabble in the full spectrum of footwear choices.

    Where was the first place you visited that really amazed you? 
    The one VHS rental store I used to live next to when I was living in Korea. I was about 4-5 years old and my brother and I used to just hang out there and watch Dragon Ball Z and other cartoons all day. It was the original Netflix.

    What's your favorite was to get around and why? 
    Definitely on 2 wheels in Boston. The road system sucks our here and being on 2 wheels is sometimes faster than driving or taking the subway.

    What's something you disliked at first, but now are into? 
    I used to think milk was gross, but now I'm a choco milk fiend.

    Which athlete do you feel like you relate to the most?
    I'm not sure if I could relate to him but my favorite athlete growing up was Allen Iverson - especially having grown up in Philly. I liked how dominant he was even as a small player. He was also a style icon at the time. 

    What's something from the last few years that's inspired you?
    A lot of my friends have started to pursue their own businesses, some even leaving their full time jobs. It's pretty inspiring to see people dedicate themselves to their passion and drive.

  • Q&A - Anna Sian

     

    For those who don't know, what do you do?
    I'm Brand Marketing Manager at VSCO.

    Who's the most interesting person you've worked with?
    Wayne Wu - Chief Experience Officer at VSCO in our NYC office. He's a creative genius, but somehow stays super humble and chill.

    How has where you grew up impacted your style? 
    I grew up in the East Village of NYC and it has absolutely affected my personal style! I grew up with a lot of hip hop influences, but over time my wild style has refined and grown up a lot. But still playful and ALWAYS comfortable.

    When it comes to your personal style, how do you decide what new things to embrace? 
    These days I usually gravitate towards new things that are practical and (usually) quite simple. I don't have much room in my apartment for crazy looking pieces that I'll only wear once.

    Can you think of an artist that when you learned about them you were in awe?
    One of the first times was seeing Chuck Close's art when I was a kid. I was so amazed by the talent, vision, and dedication this man had despite his disabilities - and I loved how many of his paintings are both photorealistic and abstract depending on how you look at them.

    Tell us about a time you visited a new place and were inspired. 
    I went to the Amalfi coast of Italy with my parents last year and really fell in love with the sights, sounds, the pizza... It's a special place with so much rich history.

    What's something you disliked at first, but now are into? 
    Eggplant. Hated it at first taste as a kid and swore to never eat it again... A few years later I had it breaded with marinara sauce and cheese and I was hooked. Front Street Pizza in DUMBO makes a great eggplant pinwheel.

    Do you have any advise for a young creator trying to get their foot in the door? 
    Meet people with a genuine curiosity to learn about them, rather than talking about yourself and trying to figure out how you can leverage the relationship. Just spend the time making a new friend and learning about how someone else sees the world, and chances are it will work out for you in the long run... Every amazing connection that has come my way was a stroke of pure luck. Sometimes the right people show up at the right time, sometimes good friends that you just respect as humans end up paving the way in your professional world somehow when you least expect it. And then it's up to you to work hard enough to deserve the fortunate opportunities that come your way.

    If anyone dead or alive could paint a portrait of you who would it be?
    I'd want to be in a tropical painting by Henri Rousseau, and there would have to be a lion or tiger in there too. 

  • Q&A - Nabil Elderkin | Director/Photographer

     

    What made you first interested in photography & film?
    Being under water, surfing... And seeing photos shot of surfers in the water... It looked so magical, and some could actually convey the feeling only a surfer knows.

    Can you think of an artist that when you learned about them you were in awe?
    Jame Nachtwey was a war photographer, and when I saw War Photographer the documentary, it changed my life.

    What's the biggest misconception about what you do? 
    The biggest misconception is all the elements it takes to make films... So many stars have to align...

    If you were to choose an album that played when somoene was viewing your work, what would that be?
    Some epic film sore! Or Bon Iver, Bon Iver

    Who's the most interesting person you've worked with and what made them special?
    Too many amazing people along the way... Nelson Mandela though... I mean...

    Tell us about a time you visited a new place and were inspired. 
    Brazil! Rio has an energy that is hard to explain...

    What's something you disliked at first, but now are into? 
    Pickles.

    Do you have any advice for a photographer/film maker trying to get their foot in the door?
    Shoot every type of film, try all lenses... And travel travel shoot shoot. 

  • Q&A - Chris Oh | Painter

     

    For those who don't already know, what do you do?
    I am a painter.

    What made you want to get into creating?
    I started drawing as a kid and was lucky enough to get the right kind of encouragement, so I kept at it. I wasn't very good at anything else.

    What's the biggest misconception about what you do? 
    People often think my work is printed, but that's what I'm going for so I can't necessarily blame them. One of my biggest challenges is to incorporate realism into my work in a way that is fresh and interesting to me.

    What are some things that have influenced your work?
    Science fiction, ancient myths, comic books, trash on the street.. I'm really into imagery from different subcultures, so I seek out a lot of that ephemera. I like old things. 

    Can you think of an artist that when you learned about them you were in awe?
    A teacher in high school introduced me to Cezanne. His life's work was the first that I really studied in-depth. When I understood how revolutionary his ideas were, I was amazed that one person could be capable of so much ingenuity. I saw making art as a lifetime pursuit.

    If you could choose an album that played when someone was viewing your work, what would that be? 
    Maybe no music.. just some white noise.

    Tell us about a time you visited a new place and were inspired. 
    I took a road trip through Arizona a few years ago with some friends, my first one through the desert. We drove through the state camping and hiking, going through different terrain. The land and sky seemed so vast in the Southwest. Our lives revolve around water. I had very romantic expectations about finding inspiration at the time, like I would be slammed by some grand epiphany. But the influence was subtle.. time slowed down and I never thought about work. I didn't realize how much of an impression it made on me until I found it months later in a lot of my paintings.

    What's something you disliked at first, but now are into? 
    Fleetwood Mac.

    If anyone dead or alive could paint a portrait of you who would it be?
    Dang, that's a tough one.. the German painter George Grosz would be amazing. I heard George W. Bush paints, that would be really strange. 

  • Q&A - Sophia Chang | Illustrator

     

    What influenced your personal style growing up?
    Cultural influences growing up in New York definitely affected my personal style. I'd say hip-hop and street culture played a big role.

    What made you want to get into illustrating?
    I've always been into drawing. It was a huge hobby of mine since I was a kid, but it wasn't until college that I realized there was a market for illustrators and a commercial side to drawing.

    What's the biggest misconception about what you do? 
    People think I'm just a cute girl/social media influencer. When the reality is I've been working since college to learn the skills involved in web design, graphic design, print design and fashion. My marketing strategy became a huge skill once I started to use the internet and social media. There's a reason why someone's heard my name or seen my work.

    If you could choose an album that played when someone was viewing your work, which would it be?
    Not sure if I can choose an album... maybe a mixtape. I've always enjoyed DJ Neil Armstrong's mixes. 

    Can you think of an artist that when you learned about them you were in awe?
    Jonathan Mannion. I was always familiar with his work, but once I heard him speak it was game over. Also Paula Scher. She's a boss and just such a revolutionary creative thinker.

    Who's the most interesting person/client you've worked with and what made them special? 
    I'd say as of late, Adidas has been really fun. I've worked with them on a number of different levels including a mini-photoshoot in Tokyo, a tour guide book for New York illustrated and curated by me, and collaborated with UNDO-Ordinary to design and produce an entire month's worth of social media content. As a huge corporation, they really respect the creatives as individuals and see our value. As a client they did not try to steamroll or manipulate the artist's vision to fit their criteria. That's really admirable and respectable.

    Is there a place you have traveled to that been particularly inspiring? 
    Tokyo has been amazing both culturally and creatively. There's so much to be inspired by within the world of design from fashion, graphics, curation, retail experience and more.

    If anyone dead or alive could paint a portrait of you who would it be?
    James Jean! Or Kenichi Hoshine. Those are two super rad artists that I admire. 

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