Surround yourself with art and live beautifully.
We have collaborated with the incredibly talented fashion illustrator Neeshe New York, to bring to life our Pink Champagne Cocktail Chair. These hand-made sketches are completely unique and a whimsical interpretation of a woman of style and how the chair fits into her pastel-toned daydreams.
Our chairs are each works of art in themselves and we can always appreciate the craftsmanship of other creative minds. So we caught up with Jessica from Neeshe New York to find out more about how she works, what inspires her and how she approaches her craft.
Lynda Sparshatt chats to Jessica Mintz of Neeshe Newyork
When did you start sketching fashion illustrations?
I have been sketching fashion specific illustrations since college, but I have only taken it on as a business in the past few months.
Who inspires you?
I always admire and am inspired by other fashion illustrators! Everyones' style is so different and their ability to capture the fashion figure by remaining true to their own aesthetic always amazes me. I love the fun style of Sew Sketchy, the whimsical styles of Meghan Hess and Kelly Smith, the abstract style of Laura Laine.
I am also inspired by all of the street style looks during the fashion week - I love seeing the experimental combinations everyone wears!
Do you have a process when approaching a sketch?
Yes! I always work on the focal point first. For example, If I am doing a clothing collaboration, I make sure to sketch the attitude of the fashion girl and the outfit first, and build the rest of the composition around that. This ensures that all the focus is on the important detail that I am trying to highlight.
When I worked on the collaboration with Lynda Sparshatt, I sketched the pink velvet chair first. After that, I married all the other details in the composition to the style, shape and colour of the chair.
Why do you sketch?
Sketching allows me to create things that cannot be captured in a photograph. I can sketch what I see happening in the future, or my imagination.
It also allows me to step into a brand identity for a moment without actually being a part of that fashion company. One day, I can draw a bohemian Ulla Johnson outfit, and the next day, I can draw a polished Veronica Beard outfit. The possibilities are endless and I can pick any aesthetic I want to step into that day. (I also personally like to dress myself this way from day to day. I am not married to a certain style.)
If you didn't have a gift for art what gift would you choose?
I would love to be able to cook or sing!
Linda Fargo or Diane Von Furstenberg - they are both extremely strong, powerful, and fun women who have big personalities, and they have made a name for themselves in this crazy industry!
I would also love to see my sketches in a big magazine or collaborate with a luxury website such as Moda Operandi or Intermix.