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Wednesdays with Friendsdays – Rebecca Adams

28 Apr

This week’s feature is with my friend, Rebecca Adams!  Rebecca and I met our first day at the Rhode Island School of Design. At 6’1, she’s beautiful, totally stylish and an amazing painter!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:     

Ciao! My name is Rebecca Adams and I am an artist living in Providence, RI. Im originally from Charlottesville, VA and moved up here to go to RISD, where I studied photography. Now im 27 (I think…) and spend pretty much ALL of my time painting in my studio (my bedroom).  My recent work has been large collections of black and white paintings, all inspired by vintage stock photography and portraits. I have a print shop on etsy, did the album art for the last Daughters record, and have an upcoming show in June!  I love burlesque, vintage Italian movie posters, and teasing my hair.

How did you meet Kelly:

Kelly and I lived across from each other in the freshman dorms! We both loved 80S NIGHT!!, and I started seeing her again after school when she would come to Providence for craft fairs. When she decided to officially move back, I was excited to really get to hang out with her, and we got into trouble immediately by breaking into a swimming pool late one night…oops!

I’ve been stalking her ever since!

Tell us about the modeling work you did. You modeled for another vintage company, what was that like?:

Working for Thrifted.net was a really great experience! I actually became good friends with Lindsay and her husband Casey. We worked out of their apartment so it was like we just got to hang out every week. And who doesnt want to get their hair done and try on a bunch of crazy vintage clothes?? Seeing someone run their own business definitely turned on a light for me…I love the idea of working out of your own apartment and being in charge of your schedule, building your own business from scratch. I knew is was something I wanted to do in the future with my work. They eventually moved back to California, and I did photo editing for the site for a bit, which I loved! I also write for the Thrifted blog  a couple of times a month, and we have all stayed in touch since!

I know a lot of my customers are younger, and probably thinking about art school or what to major in. You majored in photography but now you paint. Can you tell us about majoring in photography and why you’d rather paint now?:

I think even though I don’t really do photography any more, it was still the right major for me in school. All of my work is directly influenced by film and photography, and I constantly collect vintage stock images and film stills. People always commented that my photographs actually looked like paintings, so I guess it was kind of a natural transition for me. Studying the technical side of  photography was something I never would have done on my own, as opposed to painting which I never really studied and just kind  of started doing.  But knowing how to take  good photographs of my paintings is invaluable…especially with all the ways to promote yourself online…websites, blogs, etsy, tumblr, etc…it would be a huge setback if I couldn’t take my own images. But most importantly, I just really enjoy painting!


I love how you work on paintings as a series for a collection. Can you tell us why you chose what you do to paint: 

Obviously I love vintage fashion and retro aesthetics, and I always have some random collection of images that im working with. Like right now, Ive been hoarding these vintage photographs of twins that i’ve been dying to work with!! I get kind of obsessed with collecting and cataloging all these images, and once I start a specific series I want to see hundreds of paintings. I love seeing them all together on the wall! I also obsessively color code my closet and all my books…I guess its just in my blood. It feels much more natural to me to make lots of smaller, quicker paintings than to focus on just a few larger pieces. My attention span is pretty short…

It seems like you are so hard working and that you spend a lot of time painting, which is admirable! There are a lot of other ‘artists’ who aren’t actually producing as much work as you are.  Are you always excited to work or do you ever feel unmotivated or in a creative slump?: 

I think everyone gets unmotivated at times, but having deadlines always helps me! Otherwise I just feel unfocused. I am constantly trying to set up shows or projects so one starts as another is ending…that way I never stop working! I only work at my job part time, which leaves a LOT of time during the week to paint. I seriously consider it a second job. I feel like the more work you produce, the more lots of people are likely to see it. It can be really frustrating because I put SO much time and energy and money into my work, and it doesnt always pay of instantly. But when I finally hang a show and see all the work Ive done, its always satisfying knowing I put a lot of effort into it.

When you go to a thrift store, is there anything specific you look for?:

I always go straight for the dresses and shoes first, then the lingerie…I love vintage slips and lacey things. I avoid the whole pants thing…I despise trying on clothes while im shopping. Plus im way too tall and buying pants in general is really a pain in the ass! Thrift shopping is always simple since I pretty much only wear black, and sometimes red…that eliminates a whole  lot of clothes that I dont need to tear through! I also always seek out the lamps…I need good mood lighting and I have a huge mirror collection!! I spend A LOT of time in my room, so it has to be visually inspiring!

Celebrity Crush:

Anna Karina, Brigitte Bardot

Favorite Drink:

Wine! For sure. Well, maybe champagne.

Dream Vacation:

I have been dying to go back to France since I was 18…Im convinced I was supposed to be French!

Most embarrassing story:

I get yelled at in the streets a lot because I’m really tall (6’1″), like HEY TALLEY!!, or something equally uncreative. And my friend Alley always tells everyone that I’m an actual giant.

Favorite things to do in Providence:

I always end up at the Fez, its definitely my favorite bar because its red with moody lighting.  There’s usually a good show going on somewhere, or some delicious pizza to be eaten.

How you would spend a million dollars:

I would buy my own house with a huge studio, since I have been working out of my bedroom for the last 5 years!

What advice would you give your 16 year old self:

I wish I hadn’t been so quiet when I was younger, but I guess I forced myself to outgrow it. I still get really horrid stage fright though, I get really nervous being up in front of people.

If you could go on a shopping spree in any store, which would it be and what would you get?:

Probably Agent Provocateur, they have the BEST lingerie in the world, but its so crazy expensive. And I would get everything.

What you would find in your purse right now:

Business cards, hairspray, sunglasses, plastic harmonica, and most importantly 200 to-do lists.

TOP FIVE SPEEDROUND (pick 5 of these and name your top 5)

Musicians/Bands:

It’s REALLY hard for me to pick all time top 5 (music and movies) so this is just a random assortment…Francoise Hardy, Blonde Redhead, Smashing Pumpkins, Spell, Love.

Movies:

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Martha, Hellraiser (1 & 2), The Piano Teacher, Suspiria.

TV Shows:

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Law and Order SVU, Breaking Bad, Top Chef, and as of last night, EXTREME COUPONING. Wow, that show is mind blowing! And of course, Jersey Shore…

Artists:

Ellen Gallagher, Marilyn Minter, Cindy Sherman, Alberto Vargas, Ain Cocke.

Foods:

PIZZA, Nime Chow FOREVER, Fish and Chips from Evelyns, Burgers at Five Guys, Mango and Lobster Sushi.

Check out rebecca on the web:
website
blog
etsy
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filmstillcatalog

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Wednesdays With Friendsdays- Joseph Segal

13 Apr

Today’s interview is with one of my favorite people in Providence, Joseph Segal!  Joe makes clothing too and I absolutely love his work.   Joe and I have done a couple collaborations before were he’s printed his amazing kitty print onto fabric for me to make into dresses.  We also have a shoe collaboration in the works so stay tuned for that!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Hey! My name is Joseph Segal (you can call me Joe) and I’m so happy to be here for “friendsday wednesday”!
So, some stuff about me….. I’m 29 years old and grew up in the burbs of Framingham, Mass. After high school, I went to college at Umass, Amherst where I studied painting, and then moved to NYC until I realized I wanted to go to grad school! I now live in Providence, Rhode Island after completing my masters degree in textile design at RISD in 2009. Currently I’m a fashion and textile designer and I also teach at RISD. I have two brands, JAS (Joseph Aaron Segal) and Pretty Snake. JAS is a mostly a knitwear brand that I sell at Assembly New York and HaNNa in Tokyo, Japan. I’m obsessed with machine knitting and make all of my knits in my studio. Pretty Snake is more a print oriented brand that I sell on Etsy and some boutiques around the US. Pretty Snake is mostly known for my crazy cat sweaters, see family pic below :).

How did you meet Kelly?:
I met Kelly mostly from Providence being such a small city! We have mutual friends who would always tell me “You have to meet Kelly, you would love her” or like “Kelly loves cats…. you love cats,  you should totally be friends!!” Yes, its all so true, but what really sealed the deal for me was when we discovered our mutual love for Swedish pop music!

What do you like about knitwear over other art forms:
I love making knitwear because with a knitting machine and yarn I am able to invent an original fabric and garment shape. I love the freedom of choosing any texture and color of yarn and then turning it into a fabric of my choice. On the knitting machine i can build texture, pattern and form into the fabrics.  I’m definitely more textile oriented than apparel , so it’s important that my fabric informs my fashion designs.
Are you glad you majored in art at a liberal arts school rather than going to an art school?:
To be totally honest, I  have mixed feelings about going to liberal arts school for my undergrad. I feel like I needed more time to decide what I wanted to study before going to college, but my family really put the pressure on to jump right in. I am super thankful though for the friends I made in undergrad! Because umass was not sooooo demanding we had a lot of time to bond and hang out. Some of my best friends for the past 11 years are from umass! I also loved living in Northampton mass. It exposed me to lots of cool music and art. I did a lot of adventuring and I was obsessed with antiquing on my way to the MassMOCA museum.
What are you favorite and least favorite parts about teaching?:
I’m so happy that risd offered me a teaching position. I am filling in for one of my favorite teachers who is on sabbatical and currently teach ” industrially knitted fabrics” ( an advanced class) and ” machine knitting” ( an introductory class). I love both classes because in one i teach the manual knitting machine which i use daily, and in the other i teach knit programming which is the produced on a huge computerized knitting machine beast! All  of my students so far have been so motivated and talented that at first it took me a while to feel confident that I was capable of giving good advice them. After seeing how awesome the work was at the end of my first semester teaching, I became more comfortable trusting myself to give critiques. I’ve been really enjoying being in the school environment because sometimes after days of working in my studio I get kind of lonely!
I think it’s so awesome that you sell your stuff in Japan. Can you tell us about that?:
I am soooooo thankful that HaNNa, a boutique in japan started ordering my collections. I love the Japanese market because they love color! They are also really excited about unconventional forms and one of a kind pieces. Everything I made for about a year was black and gray because that was all NYC wanted, but for japan I really get to freak out on color!! My last JAS collection was definitely intended to be sold in Europe and japan. I don’t see too many new yorkers wanting a fitted white and yellow striped pile knit wool mock turtle neck. Sadly.

Where we’d find you on a friday night:
On a Friday night I’m most likely silk screening stuff in my basement, posting stuff on Etsy, and then drinking mimosas at the Duck and Bunny. Come visit!

Celebrity you’d most like to meet/ dress:
I totally want to meet and dress Macaulay Culkin, Michael Pitt, and Shannen Doherty. I’m not so sure they would want my stuff though……


Favorite Drink:
Favorite Drink:My favorite drink these days is a Corpse Reviver (equal parts gin, countreau, lemon juice, and lillet. add 3 drops absinthe. shake vigorously and serve with lemon twist and cherry) YUM!

Most embarrassing moment:
One time my friends were talking about all the geo prisms outside and I honestly thought they were speaking of some sort of natural phenomenon, not the car! haha


Favorite things about where you live:
I love living in Rhode Island because there’s tons of my favorite things here: antiques, craft materials, fabric, abandoned buildings, ghosts and beaches. I’m always really inspired here.

If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it?
If I had a million dollars, I would buy an industrial computerized knitting machine! Then I’d buy a Toyota FJ cruiser and drive to Malibu.

FAVORITES!

Bands:
Jay Jay Johanson
Sonic Youth
Adult.
Hole
Black Sabbath

Designers:
Jean Charles de Castelbajac
Gareth Pugh
Moonspoon Saloon
Rei Kawakubo
Jeremy Scott

TV Shows:
Beverly Hills 90210
Daria
RuPauls Drag Race
Celebrity Apprentice (i dont know why still)
Tales from the Crypt
Paranormal State

Movies:
Xanadu
Jawbreaker
Clueless
The Fourth Kind
Funny Games

 

Thanks Joe!

You can find Joe here:

Etsy Shop

Facebook Fan Page

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Website

Wednesdays With Friendsdays- Lizzy Colley

7 Apr

Today’s friend interview is with one of my favorite people, Lizzy Colley!  Lizzy is adorable, has an amazing style and everyone who meets her falls in love with her instantly.  Lizzy is the assistant manager at Providence’s most awesome antique store and she always has like 1000 other things going on… after interning with a designer in NYC, right now she’s been helping me with PR and she does one modeling job after another!

photo by Corey Grayhorse, http://www.coreygrayhorse.com

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Elizabeth Colley, but call me Lizzy! I am from Corpus Christi, Texas, home of tejano music superstar, SELENA! I currently live in Providence, RI with my boyfriend and my miniature schnauzer Molly Mae. I work in the antiques business! I also work for Kelly twice a week.

How did you meet Kelly?

I met Kelly a few years ago at an outdoor crafty fair in Providence. When I saw her stuff I freaked out and jumped up and down… I was a huge fan of her etsy store so I was shocked to see her in REAL LIFE. For a while I was nervous she thought I was nuts. We met again last year, when she moved into the apartment upstairs from my boyfriend…and now I do website/blogging stuff, PR and cake providing for her clothing line I’m Your Present. It was basically a dream come true!

Tell us about your cupcake business!

I don’t REALLY have a serious business but I decorate cupcakes and cakes on the side for fun. I’ve done a few events and even got to do a wedding last summer. I love vintage candy, toys, ephemera, etc and I use them to decorate. I hoard supplies…which is why I have a large collection of baking papers, sprinkles and other goodies to embellish my goodies with!

You have an amazing apartment! What type of things do you collect?

I LOVE my apartment…and as far as collecting goes, I don’t even know where to begin…I have a ton of vintage dog figurines, especially spaghetti poodles…I collect anything involving poodles…I have a serious amount of velvet paintings and paint by numbers. Some other things I have large collections of include designer & vintage handbags, ceramic cupcakes, 1950’s ballerina items, cowboy items, Texas ephemera, playboy magazines and ANYTHING relating to playboy, dollhouse furniture, DISNEY and anything Mickey/Minnie, novelty t-shirts, souvenir scarves, Christmas items, owls, Barbie clothes and accessories, costume jewelry, books, paper…I have a collection of close to 1200 greeting cards from the 1950’s-60’s. I could keep going on…Wow…I really sound like a hoarder.

photo by Corey Grayhorse, http://www.coreygrayhorse.com

What are you favorite things to do for fun/ favorite providence hotspots?

I love antique shopping and thrift shopping! I am the assistant manager at a large antique store and I can’t get enough of it! I love baking, walking my dog, spending time with boo, dancing, driving…

My favorite Providence “hotspots” are the Duck and Bunny for cupcakes, and the monthly Chifferobe parties (vintage themed parties), which are a great excuse to get all dolled up!

 

Celebrity Crush: Gael Garcia Bernal, Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon Levitt

 

How you would spend a million dollars:

I would fly to my dream hotel, the Madonna Inn, located in San Luis Obispo, California. I would stay in every single room. Then, I would take a flight to Tokyo, Japan and shop my brains out at all of my dream stores. Once I was done there, I would fly back home and buy a 1957 Chevrolet in Hot Pink or Candy Apple Red, and live the rest of my life happily ever after.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

JUST BE YOUR SELF!!!

 

FAVORITES

Books-

1. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret

2.  Sloppy Firsts

3.  The Abortion: A Historical Romance 1966

4.  Summer Sisters

5.  Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him

 

Television shows-

1.  The Girls Next Door

2. Playboy After Dark

3. True Blood

4. Mad Men

5. Modern Family

 

Designers/clothing lines-

1.  Betsey Johnson

2.  Emily Temple Cute

3.  Jeremy Scott

4.  Lauren Moffatt

5.  Erin Fetherston

 

Websites-

1. Dlisted.com

2. Fredflare.com

3. cutesy.tumblr.com

4.  Shopstyle.com

5. Etsy.com

 

Foods

1.  Club Sandwiches for all 5!

photo by Corey Grayhorse, http://www.coreygrayhorse.com

You can find Lizzy here- http://waytooinspired.tumblr.com