I think all you have to remember is that if they say NO that it only means (NO)T THIS TIME. Nothing is ever a solid no. That is something I made up, “(NO)T THIS TIME”, but it is how I think about things. I pitch things and get rejected still, there is no end to that. I was hired to write an article for Real Simple magazine (in print) and they pulled it last minute and never ran it after I spent weeks working on it. Sure, I got a kill fee, but I still didn’t make the full amount and didn’t get to see my beautiful story in their magazine and years later, I still remember how much that hurt. But you move on. My career has been a mix of rejection and acceptance and a lot of vague maybes in between. You just roll with it, makes you stronger and better. After that RS article experience, I was even more motivated to write a book and a few months later, I did, and it became an international best seller. Had that article published in RS, I may have felt so accomplished and good about myself that I may not have felt I needed to do a book at that time, and to just keep writing for mags… Point is, that made me stronger. So in the end, whether your favorite mag accepts you or says (NO)t this time, then you can still walk away with your head high in the clouds knowing you will have another chance. And that may be the biggest career shift you’ll ever know. cheap nike air max
1. Please give a “behind-the-scenes“ idea of how and where you work. Include photos if you like.
I work in Chicago. Depending on what I am doing that day (a design project, collage work, research, printmaking, or some other random thing I’m trying to teach myself how to do) I could be working from my home studio, The Post Family (http://thepostfamily.com) space, Over at Struggle Inc (http://www.struggleinc.com/), the coffee shop across the street, or in the park. Since my practice varies so much, it’s hard to say how I work, but I can say that some common themes and inspirations are things like jazz music, typography, collage, an abundance of documentation and exploring, attending lots of discussion series and exhibitions, and hanging out around people that are smarter than me. All while keeping a general mindset of curiosity. [Here are some photos form my day to day habits including studio and process images plus some ongoing mobile imagery projects I keep going called Photos That Should Be Paintings (http://photosthatshouldbepaintings.tumblr.com) and Grids in Real Life (http://gridsinreallife.tumblr.com).
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2. What is your background education, when did you start to do what you are doing now?
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I started studying advertising and design in high school and moved to a focus of design in college. But when starting my undergrad degree I knew I didn't have enough money to finish a full four-year program so I just took all the design classes I could and jumped into the job world early. Because of this I have always made an attempt to be learning new things every single day. I like to saying I'm a student of life. I frequent free discussion series and lectures around the city, always having something to write with, capturing anything and everything I can.
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3. Describe your studio‘s focus and work process, concept, unique point of view, strengths and weaknesses of your approach to design.
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4. What inspires you?
Jazz, minimalism, shapes, color, typography, my surroundings… I really wish this question would just disappear from the face of the earth, forever. What doesn't inspire me would be a shorter list. In fact, I can't really seem to think of anything there at the moment either. Maybe main stream country music and doctor's appointments?
5. What is it like to work and live in Chicago?
It's wonderful. There is such an amazing community here and so much talent. Everyone is extremely supportive. I've been traveling a lot lately and am more and more convinced that the people here are like no where else in the world. Sure, there isn't as much money or art market as in New York or LA, but I like good people, and some scenes have a shortage of that. For a long time I've been convinced that I'm happy with a lower yearly income and good people over more money and a less community conscious scene but with recent interest in my art work it's becoming hard to ignore the costal art and design markets in NYC and LA. But for now I'm happy just visiting a few times a year and calling Chicago my home base.
6. How do you find your clients or how do they find you? Is the internet playing a large part in this? Are your clients more international or local?
My clients are mostly through word of mouth and are somewhat concentrated in Chicago but I also have contacts in other cities since friends have moved around over the years. LA, NYC, Portland, and Detroit are some places that come to mind. Working on getting some more international exhibitions and speaking engagements or workshops at the moment. Germany / The Netherlands are high on the list. Most of my client relationships start from a face to face interaction at an art event or some other sort of gathering, or an old friend putting me in touch with someone. I've actually been getting quite a few apparel projects from Instagram followers (see my stream at http://instagram.com/chadkouri) lately which is crazy. And my portfolio website is a huge tool for me. When I can't clearly answer the question "What do you do?" at parties and such, I eventually just end up writing down my website address for people to explore there.
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I'd love to have a great big sunny live/work space somewhere with my partner Margot, who is also a creative type. With skylights and windows on all walls. But we are looking for a new apartment now so that is very front of mind. I think ideally I would like my artwork to be my main income stream and then I could really be selective with my design projects and only work on what I really believe in. That is a basic rule for me now but to be honest it would be nice to make a little more money doing it. I guess we all feel that way at one point or another. I'd also love to do a long term museum residency of some sort that merges my design, research and art practice into one big pile. cheap isabel marant shoes
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In the next days I will try to document a real printing project. The next one I’ll be working on are blinds for our 8sqm cabin on the water near Vienna. I’ll try to creat new patterns for that one.
On the photos you see my current project. These are handprinted upholstery fabrics for 70s chairs with tulip base. nike air max cheap
Trying to find a direction of thought. I’d like to create moments of goodness to myself. One need I have that is currently not being met is personal growth and challenge. I get these challenges physically whilst doing sports and mentally whilst cooking but I’d also like to face the technical and economic challenges of doing art. I therefore would like to start again where I ended in 2012. I’d like to start to produce furniture, print fabrics, sew cushions and make the moveable wallpapers again. Soon I’ll be writing about my newest printing project. It is printed fabrics for tulip armchairs for my private pieces.
Photo above from today. Dalai Lama wrote in his book about good life that time passes super fast. We are guests on this planet for a short while. We should use this precious time to do good. I feel strange at this thought and it feels as though I wouldn’t be doing enough. I’d like to live more close to nature and do less harm. nike high heels
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After having a baby is a time for getting things clear. I always get my coordinates reset in this time. Before having Julian I had doubts about working in art. Especially the kind of clients, the cooperation with my gallery, many of these things were unsatisfying for me. I found out I was not living in line with my values. isabel marant boots sale
Not being able to sleep because of our active child has had numerous effects on me. I didn’t want to know anything about the destruction of nature, poverty, imminent wars, atomic threat. I wanted to get out of Facebook, the internet. All these issues destroyed my happiness. nike free run sale