What’s your story?
The summer after first grade, I visited my aunt, who was an elementary school teacher at the time. I remember rifling through the school paper closet and bringing stacks of paper home, to the dismay of my parents. I loved paper, but I also went through it like crazy. I drew a lot growing up, and I vividly remember my perfectionist neuroses developing early on. Even then, creativity was water; I gravitated to music, drawing, writing, and eventually making stuff on computers.
I really owe my journey to internet forums and niche creative communities that I discovered in high school; back then, Dribbble was a much different place, and Twitter was more of a virtual watering hole for whatever you were interested in. It was there I fell into design, and that prompted me to go to school for it. If I look at today, my career is still very much evolving; I don’t believe I’ve even come close to scratching the surface of what else I want to grow into, because I’m still experimenting. Right now, it’s typeface design, portraiture, and producing zines/books. Who knows what else it’ll be in the future? My goal is to have an art show at some point. So I feel there’s still a lot of room for me to grow, personally.
In a time of crisis, how do you maintain your creative practice?
My practice has always been somewhat sporadic and particularly sensitive to what’s happening around me. If I had to guess, one strategy that’s helped has been to give myself the space to make (and not make) things organically, as opposed to scheduling time or forcing it to happen.