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Tara Dougans is a very successful Amsterdam-based art director and illustrator who is famous for her animated illustrations and interpretations of mainly menswear high fashion. Her most recent work is inspired by highly patterned materials. She has created characters whose clothes blend with the similarly patterned backgrounds. With hypnotic repetition, patterns spin, eyes move, and heads bob.
You all know by now that we have a weak spot for beautiful collages and awkward images with stories. No wonder why we loved Sammy’s collages and illustrations so much. He renders dynamic collages, combining vintage photographs with contemporary compositional styles; plays with exaggeration and proportions and creates new worlds for us to look at and enjoy.
Anne Sofie Madsen
“A wish to show the well-known through the un-known and to use traditional handcraft methods and couture techniques within ready-to-wear.”
“Do what you really like!”
Interview with Ji Hyun Yu
pop.see.cul: Can you tell us a bit about your background; e.g where you live, studied?
Ji Hyun Yu: I was born and grew up in South Korea. I studied literature in Seoul but I always knew it was not what I’ve wanted. So as soon as I graduated from my university, I moved to Germany to study what I’ve always dreamt of. For about 2 and a half years I’ve been studying communication design in Mainz, Germany.
pop.see.cul: How would you describe your work?
Ji Hyun Yu: Humorous, cute, naïve
pop.see.cul: Where do you usually get your inspiration from?
Ji Hyun Yu: It might sound corny, but I get my inspiration from everywhere. Books, films, music, people, trips, blogs, and so on.
pop.see.cul: What is your typical day like?
Ji Hyun Yu: I wake up, have breakfast, go to university, meet some friends, have lunch, come home, have dinner, work on uni projects till I’m tired and then go to bed. During semester breaks I wake up, have some breakfast, do some drawings for my blog and website, or work on my own projects, have lunch, hang around with my boyfriend or meet some friends, have dinner, watch a film or telly, and then go to bed.
pop.see.cul: Can you tell us more about your “100 people I drew” project.
This project was actually a spontaneous piece of work. By chance I visited a fashion blog and saw her lovely outfit photos. I felt like drawing her and I did. This is how it began. I found more and more awesome fashion blogs and the outfit photos. I drew further and further till I drew 100 of them. But I didn’t draw exactly what I saw. I changed clothes or hairstyles. Sometimes I added something e.g. a purse or a necklace. At the end I made a book out of it because it’s much easier to see through and review at any later stage.
pop.see.cul: What is your favourite movie?
Ji Hyun Yu: ‘Small Time Crooks’ by Woody Allen. I guess I’ve watched it like a hundred times and I feel like I haven’t had enough of it yet. It’s just so hilarious!
pop.see.cul: What is the song that you can’t stop listening to lately?
Ji Hyun Yu: ‘Days are Forgotten’ by Kasabian. It gets me every time I listen to it.
pop.see.cul: So, what’s next? What are your plans for the future?
Ji Hyun Yu: Keep drawing, start painting, do more silk screening, learn how to surf, bake more, meet more new people, improve my German, improve my English, make more things, and learn how to use a sewing machine.
pop.see.cul: Famous last words?
Ji Hyun Yu: Sorry about being corny again, but my last words would be “Do what you really like!”
To see more of Ji Hyun Yu, visit her website here
Fashion weeks are over but the party continues! Last weekend, iconic Paris concept store Colette celebrated its 15th birthday with an epic carnaval, open to everyone at the Tuileries Gardens (It’s the first time a brand has been granted access to the gardens for a public event). Music, food, fun events, movies, installations, great brands… We should have been there!! What better way to celebrate a birthday than to throw a huge carnival?
Leah is an illustrator who lives in Brooklyn. She loves California, girls, patterns, sunlight, florals and the future. We really like her little printed t-shirts and the scarfs. You can see more of her work on www.leahgoren.com.
pop.see.cul: Firstly, can you please give us a brief description of what you do and what your background in the creative industry is.
Nathaniel Russell: I went to college and studied printmaking. After graduation I moved to California and worked in a couple printmaking studios. I made artwork and tried to show it as much and do as many things as I could. I made a lot of posters for bands, album artwork, and t-shirts. Eventually I started a blog where I post art, photos, and writing semi-regularly. I started making shirts for my friends at mollusk surf shop, more album artwork, and more posters and zines. These days I live in Indiana and make prints and drawings, post stuff on my blog, design shirts and album covers fairly regularly and try to do good work for myself and others.
pop.see.cul: Has there been a particular project you found to be the highlight of your career so far?
Nathaniel Russell: I was awarded the art park/atlantic residency in Byron Bay, Australia last year. I went there for a month and made art, made new friends, and hung out. It was pretty amazing and one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
pop.see.cul: What is your typical day like?
Nathaniel Russell: I wake up, take the dog for a walk, make coffee, do some e-mails, eat breakfast, work on whatever design, layout, or illustration gig I have at the moment until lunch, take a break and eat lunch with my girlfriend, get back to work, go for a walk again with the dog, maybe play guitar a little, make dinner, maybe work a little more on a drawing or in the sketchbook, watch a tv show or a movie, read a book, sleep, start all over. Some days I go visit my grandma.
pop.see.cul: What are your plans for the future?
Nathaniel Russell: I want to travel more and meet new people. I want to make better art and music. I want to get a cabin in the woods.
pop.see.cul: Can people buy your work? (if yes, from where?)
Nathaniel Russell: Sure. I have a website (nathanielrussell.com) that has a link to a store. I sometimes have art shows where things are for sale. Mollusk in San Francisco sometimes has things laying around of mine.
pop.see.cul: Has there been any moments where you thought of leaving everything behind to pursue another career?
Nathaniel Russell: I used to drive a van for a record label and deliver boxes of records. In retrospect it was kind of nice to have a straightforward task to do and to just do it and not be stressed out about it. Sometimes that sounds attractive again. I would sometimes like to work in a record store again or run a coffee shop.
pop.see.cul: You also write and play music as Birds of America. Isn’t there anything you can’t do?
Nathaniel Russell: There are so many things I cannot do that it would blow your mind. I really don’t think I can do all that much more than anybody else, it’s just what we choose to work at and pursue. I don’t think I’m any more special than anybody else.
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Here is another POP.ASKS.YOU interview. We’ve come across Grace’s blog a few days ago and were really impressed with her amazing, dreamy drawings.
pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?
Grace Hamilton : Hi! I’m Grace Hamilton, age 21. I live in Hertfordshire near some beautiful countryside. I spend half of my time as a Barista in a coffee shop and the other half drawing pretty girls with sad faces or making collages with old photographs and love letters.
pop.see.cul : When did you start drawing?
Grace Hamilton : As long as I can remember I’ve loved drawing. When I haven’t created anything in a while I get really uneasy like it’s a physical need or I have to work out something in my head. A few years ago after I left college I was feeling lost, I found the experience of art education restricted me. So I created my blog and shop so I wouldn’t lose my love of art.
pop.see.cul : From the work you’ve done so far which one would you say you like the best? And Why?
Grace Hamilton : I’m really proud of the work I created for Audrey Grace Boutique. The opportunity to illustrate two of the most beautiful women (Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly) was a real turning point for my art. My favourite pieces are the Marie Antoinette collages I made for the Boutique. Everything seemed to come together and relate to the stages that Marie goes through in the film by Sofia Coppola.
pop.see.cul : What are your inspirations?
Grace Hamilton : What I look for in everything I draw is a story. Mostly a love story, good or bad – so I look everywhere to find that feeling I want to achieve. Be it Fairytales, Movies, old Hollywood Icons or visits to Stately homes. I read a lot of novels and collect vintage photographs. Every wall of my room is covered in prints by artists like Waterhouse or fashion photography from different decades. Most importantly I think music is my biggest inspiration. I listen to Damien Rice, Iron and Wine, Ray LaMontagne, Band of Horses, Counting Crows, Bon Iver and The Decemberists.
pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?
Grace Hamilton : It’s my dream to one day illustrate books, and to just keep progressing and growing more confident in my work. I’d love to make a career out of something creative; I just haven’t found the right path yet. Its’ a lot to ask but I would like to create art that lasts or becomes precious to someone because of how it makes them feel, or what it reminds them of in life.
pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?
Grace Hamilton : All of my illustration work is watercolour, ink and pencil. It’s incredibly feminine and I hope has a sense of romance and loss. My work is always about a time gone by and trying to retain that sense of beauty, delicacy and style that we perceive the past has.
pop.see.cul : Can people buy your work? and from where?
Grace Hamilton : I have an etsy shop here that I will be updating very soon.
Click here to visit her blog
Everyone has a way of expressing themselves. Some like to sing, some keep diaries, others buy clothes for their dogs, and some people illustrate…in a pretty unusual way. This guy definitely goes into the last category. Most successful contemporary artists just don’t give a f*ck about what other people think and that’s why it’s so much fun and inspiring to look at these illustrations.
These are just our favourite ones. If you want to see more, visit this blog . It’s addictive..really.