ADVICE / 47
today’s question: what is your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
the first thing that comes to mind was working on novelty product while designing at kate spade. i went to school for graphic design and never thought that i could take my degree past packaging (now i know the possibilities are endless). the best part about working in fashion (for me) is walking down the street and seeing a girl carrying one of my designs. knowing that she saw what i created and had this connection to it that made her have to have it. those moments make me scream like a little girl. i once passed a woman on the street carrying a handbag i designed. she was in her 60/70s in the dead of summer wearing a flowy white dress, florescent nail polish and my bag! i did a fast turn around, walked really fast to pass her, and then turned around to walk back again and get her picture. she totally caught me, but i couldn’t resist.
my second favorite project was one that took me out of my comfort zone. i was working with an ad agency who had a menswear client that wanted their products illustrated. they really liked my style and wanted to work with me but asked me if i was open to letting go of my coloring-book style illustrations. they wanted the project to feel more elevated and have some depth. i was totally down to work around them (and get a new client!) so i said yes. it was fun and refreshing to try a different style. those illustrations are to this day are one of my favorite projects.
my favorite project, i did for free. with my friends. i was able to be creative, feel comfortable, no pressure, they trusted me, and we had the same vision. it was a nice break from the back and forth with (sometimes) picky clients. of course, you should put your everything into any project you do…and money is nice and all…but the occasional just for FUN projects are the ones that keep me going. you know how sometimes you can become insecure if you are working with a client that you aren’t vibing with? and how it’s so refreshing to send someone your work and they love it immediately? we all need projects like that every now and then. they keep us happy.
i always stress the importance of surrounding yourself with creative people. people who just want to create good looking things in this world. people who are passionate and interested. people who aren’t hung up on money and just love art. look at me, going all hippy on ya!
so this ban.do lookbook was one of my favorites. quick, entertaining and the creative jolt that i needed at the time.