Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from everything, architecture to zoology. Quite often, I study what other designers are doing and I look to create the things I don’t see.
Can you talk about your practice in the light of a global pandemic and sociopolitical crisis—what changed, what remains the same?
These times are unprecedented, and with the quarantine, I find myself with a lot more time on my hands. I’ve been balancing my designer and artist hats. One day, I’m designing prototypes to appeal to the masses, and the next day I’m crafting one-of-a-kind pieces solely to express myself during this sociopolitical reckoning.
Where do you see the future of design in the post-COVID world?
I think our post-Covid world is really just gonna be a world with Covid and everything that accompanies it. Masks, illness, vaccines and frustrations will serve as reminders of how fragile life is, especially for those whose lives already hang in the balance. Design will be more introspective with both designers and people in general looking to make statements with the things we produce and purchase.
Greek-born Vasia Rigou is a Chicago-based art critic and pop culture journalist, largely on the subjects of contemporary art, design, and fashion. She moved to Chicago in 2013 to study Arts Journalism at the School of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC,) where she was awarded the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship. She grew up to appreciate art after years of carefully planned, culture-filled travel itineraries and museum-hopping around Europe with her family. During this time, she received a bachelor’s in English Literature, in her native Athens; a master’s in Media, in Nottingham, UK; and studied foreign languages—English, German, and Spanish at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her writing—reviewing museum exhibitions, gallery shows, art fairs, fashion shows, and music festivals among others—has been published nationally and internationally both in print and online. In 2017, she founded and now serves as editor-in-chief of Rainbowed.—an independently published website focused on the visual and performing arts, digital media, and popular culture. When she’s not writing about art or looking at art—wine in hand, she keeps up with Chicago’s creative entrepreneurial and startup community, makes lists for pretty much everything, drinks immense amounts of coffee and takes cross-country road trips every chance she gets.
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