Artist Laura English (lauraenglishart.com) was attending the “Don’t Fret: Signs of the Times” exhibit closing at Johalla Projects.
Your collages seem to draw imagery from the fashion world, does that make sense?
Definitely. I create all my collages from contemporary and vintage fashion magazines. How the women in my collages are styled is directly showing what is or was considered fashionable. The clothing and hair style I choose to use has the ability to place these women in a certain era, subculture and class, which starts the narrative with the viewer.
Who inspires you the most in fashion?
I am obsessed with Phoebe Philo. Her personal style and designs are minimal and androgynous. I find such a beauty in that!
Your look is casual and fresh, but really put together. How do you achieve that balance?
By not overdoing it, I suppose. I feel there is always an easiness to my looks. It is how I feel the most comfortable. I believe the more you add to your look, the more confusing it becomes.
What’s your styling process for art events?
For me, getting dressed is a very quick process no matter where I am going. You have to pick what feels comfortable and right in that moment.
What garment colors and shapes are you into right now?
I am loving mixing pastels with neutrals. The subtle difference in hues adds interest and it also feels incredibly feminine. One of my favorite garments in my closet is a cream shift dress with little rosette appliques around the neckline. I could wear it everyday if it was socially acceptable. Shift dresses will always be a silhouette I can wear.
—Interview and photograph by Isa Giallorenzo
Ben Schulman is the editor of the design section of Newcity and co-host of “A Lot You Got to Holler,” the Newcity podcast on design, architecture and urbanism. His work with Newcity is one of many ventures he engages in to communicate the value of design and cities. Ben serves as the communications director for Small Change, a real estate crowdfunding platform that works to catalyze the development of transformative real estate projects. Previously, he was the communications director for the Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects, editor of Chicago Architect magazine and communications director for the urban think-tank, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). His writing has appeared and been noted in outlets such as ARCHITECT Magazine, Belt Magazine, ICON, New Geography, Streetsblog, The National Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pop City Media and as a contributor to The Urbanophile, among others. When not writing about cities, Ben serves as an editorial assistant for the journal New Media + Society, and helps head the Contraphonic Sound Series, an attempt to document cities through sound.
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