ERDEM Illustration by SUNNY GU. Check out my interview with the Fashion Illustrator Phenom.
Costume Designer Justine Seymour at The Sessions premier.
Moulin Rouge, Star Wars, The Sessions, Mission Impossible II.. all blockbuster movies with creative elements from the fascinating mind of designer Justine Seymour. Justine is a Critic’s Circle award winning international costume designer. Her original creations have been seen on Helen Hunt, John Hawks, William H. Macy, Michelle Monaghan, Adam Arkin & more. Her recent movie, Dear Eleanor (produced by Leo DiCaprio & directed by Kevin Connolly) is a flashback to 1962 starring Luke Wilson, Jessica Alba, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joel Courtney & Liana Liberato.
I was honored to catch up with Justine during her busy shooting schedule to learn more about her creative process & the FUN that keeps her one of the most sought after costume designers in the industry.
5 Quick Stats with Costume Designer Justine Seymour
1. Australians do __FUN_____ better!
2. If I had not become a Costume Designer I would surely have been Production Designer, Interior Designer, just some sort of design.
3. Wallflower on the dance floor or TURN IT UP LOUD I wanna boogie!!
I wanna Boogie!!
4. The one person I have yet to costume, but would LOVE to is
5. You are stranded on a desert island..you can only have three items in your Costume Kit. What are they??! Sewing machine, scissors and thread.
Justine on Set..
You have accomplished so many amazing things in your career! Designing originals for Major Motion Pictures, Short Films as well as Television Series. Which projects do you enjoy working on the most?
Feature films but really they are all fun as it is all story telling through character and that is my passion.
I am beyond excited to see the wardrobe you are creating for DEAR ELEANOR. I am a huge fan of fashion in the 1960’s. Where are you seeking your inspiration for the film ?
I have looked at iconic 1960’s fashion especially Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn but as we are shooting country town USA, I am looking at Sears catalogs, Simplicity patterns and newspapers from that time and a little before to late 50’s.
There is only one character that is up to date with her fashion and that is the Jessica Alba character; Daisy.
Isabelle Fuhrman & Joel Courtney from Dear Eleanor
(photo from Just Jared)
How much of the costuming actually derives from an actor’s personality? Or is it 100% character driven?
The Characters come from the script, I bring them into the physical world through my designs and then present my ideas to the Director and then finally to the actor and if I have done my job well, they usually find the character easily, there is always a little tweaking and I love to include actors ideas and wishes. I try and have a chat with the cast well before I start sourcing my wardrobe and drawing my designs.
Do you have a favorite costume from cinema ( past or present) & who are your personal fashion icons?
I do not have a favorite outfit but my two favorite
costume designers are Eiko Ishioka and Colleen Atwood.
Design is a fluid and organic process that captures moods, emotions and personalities on a subliminal level. I find it fascinating and stimulating.
Thank YOU lovely Justine.
Carry on the fabulosity!
Claudia Camila Lopez is a woman with a mission. Strike that..many missions. The first Colombian woman to summit in the Himalayas, Claudia is a force of strength as well as beauty. Known for her photos of world class climbers around the globe, she is also an accomplished editorial & advertising photographer. She is a tireless philanthropist who uses her talents behind & in front of the camera to encourage injured climbers to get back on the ice. Never one to shy away from adversity nor adventure, Claudia is currently involved, as a still photographer, in a new project film entitled Afghan Cycles, directed by Sarah Menzies. A film documenting the Women’s National Cycling Team of Afghanistan. Her work is monumental within Mountain 2 Mountain. A non-profit organization which invests in women & girls on the fringe. Their very mission statement is inspiring: "we believe women and girls are changemakers and catalysts for peace and global prosperity"
Read on to learn more about Claudia.
Claudia Camila Lopez photo by Shannon Galpin
5 Quick Stats with Photographer Claudia Camila Lopez
1. Colombians do Dance better
2. If I was not a photographer I would surely be a cinematographer or graphic designer.
3. Wallflower on the dance floor or "HELLO SPOTLIGHT! Wallflower, always observing with an infatuation for lighting, human faces and behaviour
4. The one person/place or thing I’ve YET to photograph but WILL! Tilda Swinton
5. The one thing I miss MOST about the comfort of home…
Clean sleeping socks
Claudia Camila Lopez photo by Whitney Conner Clapper
You are currently in Kabul Afghanistan shooting amazing images in a war zone area. Did you ever imagine yourself there? In this place?
In a way yes, I imagine myself here as in many other comparable places, and always working on making it happen. I have a penchant for conflict zones, displaced cultures and for the quotidian of the people that survive against all odds. My compass is always aiming on these directions. After all I am from Colombia and, to a point, these places feel like home and there is a great deal of familiarity with the people that inhabit them.
Photo by Claudia Camila Lopez
What do you & your team hope to achieve through your photography?
Our main goal is to document, stills and film, the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team, and to show through their eyes the new breed of Afghan women blazing trails for change by daring to ride bikes. 12 Young women that believe in possibilities despite the status quo, controversy and taboos.
Photo by Claudia Camila Lopez
I know you have traveled the world & captured so much LIFE through the eye of your lens. What have been the most rewarding experiences?
Hands down the engagement with the people I photograph; the closeness and collaboration. My photographs are the result of our interactions, a visual journal of moments of trust and acknowledgment of one another.
Photo by Claudia Camila Lopez
What is the most valuable piece of advice you would share with other budding photographers & artists out there alike?
For documentary and portrait photographers… Nurture your vision, respect the people in front of the lens and don’t ever forget that the camera is a double-edged sword.
Photo by Claudia Camila Lopez
Thank you for your work Claudia. You are indeed an inspiration to all.
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Dolphus Ramseur is the record exec. you oughtta know. His steady, tried & true commitment to musical acts in the Americana/ Roots genre is gaining much deserved attention across the globe. With the colossal success of such acts as The Avett Brothers, Dolphus Ramseur is a man on a steady mission. I’m not sure WHEN or IF the following Ramseur words have ever been spoken by ANY other Record Exec in the past 25 years, “We are looking to help build 30 year careers, not just a couple of years success” WOW!!! Read on & find out why a balloon ride might actually carry you further than the rocket kind….
Quick 5 Stats with Owner of Ramseur Records: Dolphus Ramseur
1. Tennis with Novak Djokovic or Back up singing with Sha Na Na?
Djokovic on center court at Roland Garros though I did see Sam and Dave and Sha Na Na in 1979 at the Charlotte Coliseum and it was rockin’!
2. Break it down under the disco ball or painted flower on the wall?
I am going with the disco ball. Especially at Terminal 5 in New York City during the last instrumental section of Laundry Room by the Avett Brothers.
3. Sunshine on your shoulder or rainy afternoons?
Rainy afternoon listening to John Martyn’s “Bless The Weather.”
4. North Carolinans do __________ better. Entertainment
5. Describe The Avett Brothers in one word: _______ Passion
Your career in music began as a Tennis Management major in Michigan. How does one go from Tennis Pro to Successful Record Label Exec? In regards to music I went to the school of hard knocks. I read and studied everything I could get my hands on about the music business. At heart though I am just a music fan.
In a world where big record labels don’t seem to get it & flash in the pan acts come & go faster than fried chicken at an after church social…how have you managed to stay the course & achieve the kind of mega success that surrounds The Avett Brothers?
To be honest I really don’t see myself in the music business. I am just in the business of each band I work with. For the most part we operate on a different wave length than the big machine. Never underestimate the power of the small.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in this business?
I think the biggest lesson has been carried over from the tennis career. If you see a young kid with loads of potential you work with him on ways to improve and fine tune him or herself to make that potential shine. When I work with bands I do the same. I never sign them thinking that right then and there they are at their zenith. You have to cultivate it, work hard, learn from mistakes, etc….
Tell us a bit about the current Ramseur Records roster & where can we continue to surround ourselves with Ramseur Record Goodness in the upcoming months??
In 2012 Langhorne Slim will be putting out a new release in early June. It is very special and I think the best work of his career. I really believe in it. Samantha Crain goes back into the studio with John Vanderslice. They are making her next full length release. The Avett Brothers have a new one that is being produced by Rick Rubin that we are hoping to have out in late Summer or early Fall. The Carolina Chocolate Drops just released a new one that was produced by Buddy Miller. It is doing very well. So we are very busy which is a good thing. As always I look at Ramseur Records as just my little mix tape that I make for the world. Hopefully some like it.
Thanks Dolphus!! Carry on the Awesomeness
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She is instantly recognized as the woman who keeps the laughter flowin’ during the 4th hour of NBC’s The TODAY SHOW with Hoda & Kathie Lee (klgandhoda.com). Sara Haines is a contributing correspondent for NBC News Today & a small town Iowa girl who went for her dreams in a BIG way. As a HUGE fan of the 4th hour quirky, mimosa & headlines inspired show, I’ve always enjoyed the hudspah & humor of Miss Haines. I was ecstatic when she agreed to do an interview! Keep reading to learn more about this refreshingly candid Smith College Graduate who loves Taco Johns & Dairy Queens & who may just occupy the best seat in morning tv.
Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford & Sara Haines
Five Quick Stats with Sara Haines of NBC’s The Today Show:
1. QUICK Fashion Emergency! It’s 10pm..who will you call? Kathie Lee or Hoda?
I am more like Hoda in my approach to clothes; They are for function, not fashion. Hoda is a great dresser, but she doesn’t spend much time thinking about what to wear. So, if it was a question about what I should wear to something, I would probably ask Kathie because both Hoda and I would end up saying…"sure, that goes together" because we want to get the dressing part over.
2. Sunshine on your shoulder or Rainy Afternoons?
I will make the most of either, but I love the sun. I am seasonally affected, so natural light instantly puts me in a good place.
3. Plaid or Argyle?
Argyle because it is easier to wear. It will be a sweater or socks and there you go. When you venture into “plaids,” you are picking between shirt, pants, socks, head bands, etc. and the odds are that I will try to many at once ha ha.
4. The Tango or The Hustle?
The tango…because I can’t get a visual on the Hustle.
5. Iowans do _______________ better!
"boredom" - I always say that people who grow up in active and stimulating places can get bored more easily. You take someone that has been in a place where “nothing happens,” and they will find a way to make the most out of a situation that may be “boring” to someone else.
You are the most fun & talented sidekick on morning television! Tell us about your transition from behind the scenes production coordinator to On The Air beautiful starlet..
Wow, that question is so flattering! My answer is bound to disappoint after that flattery (thank you!) I joined the show in 2002 as the production coordinator. I had originally come to NYC to try my hand at comedic acting. Working behind-the-scenes in television was, not only paying the rent and for my acting classes, but I considered it doing my “homework” on the business. When our website launched and the show was pushing for more digital content, I started a celebrity vlog called “Backstage Pass” where I interviewed musical guests while they were at the show. As indicated by the name, I was trying to give someone sitting in Iowa an idea of what it is like behind the cameras.
Manhattan is a LONG way from Iowa. What are a few things you miss from home & what Manhattan fabulosities could you now NEVER see yourself living without?
I miss the sweet corn, driving past the corn fields between towns, driving a car, Dairy Queen, and Taco Johns. I miss the safety/security of a small town. Sometimes, I even miss the much slower pace. My dad says that what I miss is a “time” and not a “place.” I think he is right in that assessment. In the years that I have been in NYC, I have come to realize that it hasn’t only been NYC changing me, but some of the qualities that I already had, finding their match in the city.
Although you shine in front of the camera, you are still producing several of The TODAY Show’s morning segments. Tell us about a typical work day balancing act!
I have producers for most of what I do on camera, and thank goodness for that. I learned early on that there are so many moving parts, so without the producer checking on everything, I stand to make more mistakes or miss something. I spend my morning at the studio for the show. If I have a shoot, then I head out into the field and usually that takes the better part of the day. If I don’t have a shoot, I head back to my desk and do everything from search/pitch ideas, work out logistics for an upcoming shoot, brainstorm a script with a producer, interact with our 4th hour fans on Facebook and twitter, track audio for a story that we have already shot, general email correspondence, expenses, etc. I would say that the show is only a small part of a day. It may be the most fun, but there is always so much more to do.
What are your hobbies when you’re not bringing fun, useful & insightful news to the morning viewer world?
I play on a co-ed volleyball team. I played in college, so finding teams to play on over the years has been such an outlet for me. I also LOVE reading. Every night, I try to reserve 30 minutes to an hour to check out in a good book (usually fiction.) I have 2 chihuahuas, Peter and Trixie, so spending time with them (at dog run, taking a walk, or just snuggling) is always a treat.
What can we expect for the remainder of 2012 at The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda? AND where can we find more Sara Haines!?
We will have more "did she just say that?" moments and "are they REALLY drinking those?" We love shaking things up and hitting the road, so get ready for more location shows. More than anything, the fun and crazy will continue. Kathie Lee and Hoda are two of the most fun-loving, smart, and energized people that I know. I have the best seat in the house.
Thank You Sara!! Carry on the Fun & The Crazy!
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Welcome to Birdee And The Beat! Check out newest interview with SUNNY GU! Phenom fashion Illustrator. For Interview inquiries email@example.com
Photo SUNNY GU by Philip Dennis
You’ve seen Sunny Gu’s amazing fashion illustrations in VOGUE, Bloomingdale’s, In House Versace & beyond. Illuminating the likes of Brian Atwood, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, DIOR, Erdem, CHANEL, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung & on & on ..the list is honestly too long to mention. Gu’s artistry is a thing of AHA! moments & sunshine thoughts. Beautiful illustrations filled with a joyful energy that is best not described, but rather viewed..again & again. I was stoked to spend a few moments with Sunny as she agreed to my interview amid her tirelessly ambitious schedule. Learn more about the lovely lady behind the gorgeous Fashion Inspired Art of a modernly hip 2014 culture.
1. Quick 5 Stats with Fashion Illustrator Sunny Gu:
Art Lover, Watercolor Enthusiast, Nature Admirer, Passionate about fashion, All about details.
2. West Coast sand in toes or East Coast Concrete Dreamin’?
West Coast sand in toes
3. Disco on the dance floor or make mine the Tango?
Disco on the dance floor
4. Greatest fashion inspired song of all time?
Fashion by Lady Gaga
5. If I wasn’t a fashion illustrator I would surely be…..
Your illustrations have been described as breathtakingly stunning, SUNSHINE..happy feelings & extraordinarily detail oriented (just to name a few). Where do you seek inspiration for the creation of such beautiful images?
I find inspirations everywhere, favorite people, strangers, sunshine, smiles, exotic animals, latest fashion shows, etc. I wish to find a way to capture and preserve the beauties that I see, the kindness that I feel, and recreate them in someway. I’m so happy that I finally figured out a way to record, translate and share all the beautiful things I saw and precious feeling I felt with others.
You have been featured by Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung, Gucci, Nicole Richie News & more..which of your fabulous fashion illlustrations best mirror your own personal style?
I find the most beautiful things from nature, I’m so obsessed with all the lovely flowers and their symbolic meanings. So that explains why I LOVE foral prints so much, I wear them all the time, I painted so many illustrations that has girls wearing their favorite floral outfits!
What are your favorite Fall 2013 Looks & Inspirations?
I love the pastel trends from the Fall 2013 collections, the looks that created appear to be very feminine, soft, comfortable, warm and huggable. Brands like Céline, Rochas, Victoria Beckham, Carven, Louis Vuitton and Valentin Yudashkin all embrace this trend.
Commissioning artwork for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana & Gucci, you are one of the most sought after artists in your field. Did you ever imagine this level of success when you were a small girl growing up in China?
No, it was a dream that i wasn’t dare to dream when I was little. I got easily satisfied to be able to spend an uninterrupted afternoon playing with my colorful crayons. I have to thank so many people in my life for giving me help, encouragements, guidance, challenges and opportunities when I needed. It is all because of these lovely people, I am who I am now, I do the things that I’m doing now, I have the courage to keep chasing my dreams and even dreaming bigger. It is because kind people like you, who support me, encourage me, help me share my art; that I gained faith in myself and believe in the possibility of making my dreams into realities!
Where can we see & BE more Sunny Gu this Fall/Winter 2014!!?
The most recent news will be updated on my social media sites:
Hundreds of illustrations are available to purchase as a high quality giclee print in my online shop:
Custom Sizes & Prints also available upon request..
THANK YOU SUNNY! You are such an inspiration.
GO GO GO!!!
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Geoffrey Mac is an award winning fashion designer with an eye toward the future & a passion for the past. His phenomenal creations have garnered appearances in such publications as Rolling Stone, V, WWD, Billboard.com & US Magazine, Glamour, NYLON & more. You’ve seen his artistry on the likes of Lady Gaga, Kesha, Britney Spears, BLONDIE, Sharon Needles & Nicki Minaj. He is the personification of cutting edge & he’s got the 2013 Spring/Summer Collection to prove it. I was absolutely honored to steal a few moments away from his pressing schedule to ask him a few fun questions about the new collection & his very fashion forward outlook on life.
Kesha in Geoffrey Mac!
QUICK 5 Stats with Geoffrey Mac
1. Chicagoans do House Music better, while New Yorkers do Fashion better.
2. 70’s HUSTLE on the dance floor or shoulder shrug slide & point
Beiber style? Neither really. Bigger fan of some 80’s dance moves
like the Cabbage Patch or the Smurf. (Ok, I LOVE this)
3. If I wasn’t a famous fashion designer, I surely would have become
a sculptor or performance artist.
4. GREATEST song I’ve ever heard on a runway was Cajmere’s “Lets
Dance” a classic beat anyone can get into regardless of age. All
heads were bobbing!
5. The best part about my occupation is being able to obsessively
create. There is no greater feeling than developing your ideas,
thoughts and visions from paper to product.
Geoffrey Mac Elytra Dress with Cayda Pants. Tantalum Mag
Yemaja Caftan by Geoffrey Mac for Tantalum Mag
Debbie Harry in Geoffrey Mac
What words are best used to describe your Spring/ Summer 2013 collection?
Sleek, cold, linear and of the body (both insect and human). The
collection was originally based on the style lines of insects and
began to take on human form.
Any favorite “go-to” pieces you would like to elaborate on?
My favorite go-to pieces would have to be the Beetle dress and the
Tarsus pant for their throw on comfort and simplicity. There is
nothing better than a piece that can go from day to evening and at the end of the night you still don’t want to take it off!
Your collections are known for bridging ancient cultures straight into
our future! Where do you find inspiration for such phenomenal
artform…Or does the inspiration find you?
I pull inspiration from ancient symbols and architecture. I am not
big on following trends closely as this just sets the garment up for a short run. The goal is to make pieces that would have been loved in the past, and can hang in your closet being loved for many years to come.
Neon Hitch in Geoffrey Mac for INKED Magazine
Having dressed such modern fashion icons as Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga,
Britney Spears & Debbie Harry…who were your style icons growing up?
Jane Child, Cyndi Lauper, Grace Jones and Billy Idol. They all had a specific look with a touch of polished punk. I lived for what they
were wearing and couldn’t wait to see what they did next.
Geoffrey Mac with Neon Hitch in Vintage Geoffrey Mac Dress. Photo by Aaron Cobbett
THANK YOU Geoffrey Mac. You are indeed a gracious artist.
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Your first introduction to the smooth sounds of Justin Hopkins was more than likely during his competitive rounds on NBC’s THE VOICE, but rest assured, it will NOT be the last.
I caught up with the multi-talented performer whose baby face & velvet pipes won the hearts of America. Spoiler Alert: he has no interest in borrowing Christina Aguilera’s Disco Style Fascinator Hat…
5 Quick Stats With Justin Hopkins:
1. Oregon does _____ better. BEER!
2. Footwork on the dance floor or forget it & pass me the mic?
I only dance at weddings. Pass the mic!
3. One word answer: The VOICE is _____? SHINY
4. If I wasn’t a performer I would surely be?? Single
5. If you had to take fashion advice from ONE celebrity judge from The Voice… who would it be??
I can tell you who it wouldn’t be? Xtina.
Every time I see what she’s wearing I cringe just a little.
Most of the world met you on this season’s hit show THE VOICE, but you’ve been rockin’ away in the music industry for many years. How would you describe your original music & how did you get started in the biz?
When i first started playing out in Oregon, I originally classified my style of music as “barefoot Soul” but I think I’ve stepped away from the blue eyed soul the last several years and really made my focus less about style and more strength of song. I get a lot of folks saying I sit somewhere between David Gray and Ryan Adams- I got started on the business end on a whim, an indefinite trip to Los Angeles that ended with me being here for almost 10 years now.
You’ve stated that being on The Voice was a way for you to become “more well rounded as an artist”. What did the show teach you that you plan to carry on throughout your career?
Sure, I stated that. But let’s be honest-To become more well rounded it takes days and months of practice to become more well-rounded, not a few hours with a celebrity coach. What’s going to help me throughout my career is that constant reminder there’s so much talent around us, and usually the hardest worker wins over luck any time-The musicians (The Voice Band) and staff (Production) working on this show are so next level. Professionalism is so important. This show is a great reminder of that.
What’s the toughest part about singing to the back of chairs? And we all want to know if Cee Lo Green is really as cool as he seems?
The hardest part is not knowing if one will turn, and the fact they can’t see how you are performing. I could literally be sitting on a toilet singing the shit out of a song (no pun intended) and they could turn, but sometimes dancing around, performing for an audience you’re not always spot on. I’d heard from some folks that hadn’t got chairs to turn and I was blown away that they hadn’t made it- There’s a moment in the blind audition you can see my face just sink-I thought it was over- In regards to CeeLo Green, there is noone cooler-He’s very stoic for a little round dude, but he’s been amazing to me, and I’ve got nothing but respect for him and his music.
Justin Hopkins with his GORGEOUS Family on NBC’s THE VOICE
Tell us about the NEW SINGLE!!! Where can we catch up with Justin Hopkins this spring & summer??
Hells yes, there is a new single! "Love on the Radio" which was basically a song I wrote with my production team (Chuy Flores and Scott Fisher) right when I returned from battle rounds-Our goal was to really let the light in, provide something people could sing and dance and clap to. I didn’t want an ounce of heavy in it.
I’m in the process of setting up a lot of shows in the south, mideast, east coast area because I’ve neglected those folks for awhile-It’s an exciting time for me and my band. I’ve been off the road for over two years, so looking forward to meeting all the new fans that come with being on a show like this.
Thank you for your time Justin. I wish you all the success in the world.
You’re so Rad Birdee! Anytime, Be in touch!
Professional Fashion Illustrator Jennifer Lilya at home in her gorgeous NYC art studio.
Five Quick Stats with FABU Fashion Illustrator Jennifer Lilya:
1. Vintage Halston or Bob Mackie circa 1978?? Halston all the way!
2. The Hustle or The Tango?
The Hustle- I’m a dancing queen.
3. Sunshine on your shoulder or Rainy afternoons?
Sunshine all day, every day!
4. Best Make Out Song ever Written?
‘Do Me Baby’ by Prince. A little more than making out, but it’s Prince!
With clients including Elle, WWD, Dolce & Gabbana & Katy Perry (just to name a few)..you have reached a level of success that most illustrators only dream about!! Was this journey always your lifelong dream? Did you always imagine such mega success?
It’s totally cheeseball, but ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was draw pretty pictures. I always had a fantasy of mega-success, but achieving it is another story. I’ve worked my butt off & I’ve been lucky so far, but there’s still a ton of work I want to do!
I love the femininity of your illustrations & the happiness they exude. They are all at once modern & fresh as well as vintage & classic !! I read that you are a huge Audrey Hepburn fan (a fact we both share!) Do you often find yourself seeking inspiration from days gone by & the more ladylike times of the 50’s?
Thanks! I adore Audrey- she’s such the style icon. I love the silhouettes (and illustrations) of the 50s & 60s- classic & girly. Also the great lines & fun looks of the 60s. While my work is current with each season, I definitely draw most of my inspiration from the past. I’m insanely inspired by 1980s looks, music & art.
The FUN you experience while creating is clearly evident within your beautiful creations!! After all these years, is it still a means of escape for you? And what are some of your hobbies when you’re away from the Art Studio??
It’s all about fun & fitting in my clients’ needs within that. It’s what I do almost every day, so it’s not so much escaping, but just living life pretty awesomely through art. If I wasn’t having fun doing it, my art wouldn’t look the way it does.
Hobbies? A huge hobby of mine is collage- that’s actually a means of escape because it’s so different from illustration. Taking tiny pieces of color & texture & type, then turning that into a final beautiful product that tells little funny stories- I can get lost in it for hours and days. Outside of my studio I love going to rock shows, gallery shows/museums, going to the beach all summer long, camping, having game nights with friends, spending time with my husband, as well as visiting family & friends in CT.
Speaking of art studio…your space looks FABULOUS!!! Tell us a bit about your new diggs!!! And I read that you are the proud owner of a “lovingly mean” chihuahua. What’s his name & Is he your studio buddy??
Thanks! We had to move unexpectedly in February since our landlord was awful & rain was literally leaking into my studio ceiling. This is the first place we saw & fell in love with it. My studio is filled with sunshine & plenty of space to work & store all of my supplies. It’s still a work in progress, but give it a year from now & the walls will be filled with more art & notes & random bits of inspiration.
Tweak is my 12 year old Chihuahua. He loves me, a few friends & pretty much hates anything else that gets in his way. It’s pretty hysterical since he’s so tiny & cute. He was an abused rescue, so he’s had trust issues since we adopted him at 8 months, but he’s my pal. He follows me everywhere, hangs out under my drawing table or sunbathes in the middle of my studio every afternoon. I also spoil him beyond belief.
Where can we find more Jennifer Lilya magnificence for Spring/Summer 2012? We don’t want to miss a thing…
I’m currently working with a few interesting clients on their logos & blog art. I was just asked to do more live sketching events for Stila Cosmetics across the US. I’ll be posting those dates as everything is finalized. I’m also part of a big fashion illustration exhibit this fall- details on that to follow shortly!
thank you Jennifer! YOU are so inspiring & motivating!
Check out Jennifer’s beautiful website here! Jennifer Lilya
GOGOGO!! xo Birdee