What type of artist are you?
I am a photographer and visual artist. I work mostly with still photography and I am starting to get into video and film.
Combining your art with clothing is very innovative, how did you come up with this idea?
I actually had this idea 10 years ago when I wanted to print photographs on silk and line blazers with them. I don’t think I am reinventing the wheel because other people are doing the same thing, but creating this line is an opportunity to showcase original art that you can’t find anywhere else. That’s what’s exciting for me.
Do you plan on expanding this collection further than shirts, scarfs, and bags?
Yes. This is the beginning stage for Laura Little Curated. T-shirts and accessories are very accessible but I would really like to expand. Everything that was made in this summer collection was designed with my Brooklyn store in mind. That’s why it has a very grab-and-go feel, but I’ll expand into higher-end items next season. The fall collection is going to be more tailored. For now, I am really happy with what we have going on.
What is your biggest motivation?
I am just excited to make art. Making art makes me happy. I love building things.
Who is your favorite artist or clothing designer?
I get asked this a lot. I don’t have a favorite artist, but I do have people who influence me and that I love. I am a shameless Madonna and Jay-Z fan. Of course I admire their music, but I mostly admire their business sense. I see them as artists that have bridged the gap between business and art, and are not just perceived as “artists”. In terms of fashion design, I really love Balmain. I think what they are doing is really unique and artisanal.
Where will your clothing line be available?
This first collection is primarily available online. I am also hosting a number of pop-up events in New York. We will see where that takes us. For now, it’s a really organic process and who knows where it will be available next.
What suggestions do you have for other artists who are interested in transitioning their art into clothing?
They should go for it. The brilliant thing about clothing is that it is very obtainable for the everyday person. Regular people can be wearing a piece of art without realizing it. There is a perception that fine art is only for the rich and it can be obscure. But with something like a T-shirt line or artists drawing on sneakers, there is a broader demographic that is very accessible.
Contributing writer Alexa Levitt
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