What is last thing you discovered about yourself? I can finish jobs on a PC as good as on a Mac
What is the next big project you are working on? I got a brand new toy that i want to use in a way that allows me to produce works that fit the gap between a reproduced piece (print) and an original, but with no printing involved.. I hope it works out.
Tell us about your art background?
I studied communication design with emphasis on film, new media and sound - a lot of theoretical stuff was involved, which was good in many ways but didn't gave me that sort of direct creative output i needed. after graduation i decided not to go down that route any longer and started with illustration. it felt weird not to have studied illustration and to compete with those who did, but i'm starting to think that this might be an advantage.
What inspires your work? Films, video games, Fashion Photography, guitars and any form of noise makers, old pens, papers etc. and lately: old blueprints and stuff for model planes.
Name of a few of your favorite publications?
Monocle, Musikexpress, Vogue Italy, Varoom,
If you could collaborate with one person who would it be?
Can't think of any - i admire a lot of artists, but i never have the desire to work with them, i have too much respect for them
Where do you live and does your environment affect your work?
At the moment i'm living in a small village, away from everything. On the one hand i need the silence on the other hand the lack of cultural activities drive me crazy. And no one understands what you are doing for a living, and i'm sick of explaining it.
I planning to move back to Berlin at the end of the year.
If you could live in one other place in the world where would it be?
Anywhere where i can switch between wilderness and urbanity in a short amount of time.-
Currently reading/ Watching anything? Reading: Haruki Murakami, John Brunner "Standing on Sansibar",
Watching: Lost (surprise), not so much movies at the moment
Name some of your favorite contemporary artists?
Carsten Nicolai, Karl Lagerfeld, Eric Bardour from Metasonix, Einstuerzende Neubauten, David Byrne i really like artists who work in different fields of media.
5 words that describe yourself? One, two, three, four, six.
Anyone want to rent my room starting in June! I wouldn't normally put this up here but something came up and I got to get out ASAP. It is a great location in Williamsburg Brooklyn in a quiet residential area. Let me know and send me an e-mail at email@example.com
Victoria's blog has definitely had a huge impact on myself and many other bloggers out there. It was a pleasure to have this titan of the blog world do The Little Interview series.
Why did you start your blog? I started sfgirlbybay.com as a fluke back in June of 2006. I had taken a bunch of photographs of my interiors and needed a place to store them online, so I experimented with blogspot.com. I enjoyed it so much, it evolved into a daily practice. Blogging encapsulates my three loves - design, photography and writing, so I find it the perfect creative niche for me. The fact that people wanted to read it was a shock and thrill to me.
How has it impacted your life? Until May of 2008 I was an art buyer and director of creative services for an advertising agency here in San Francisco. I'd been in advertising for about 15 years and was ready for a change. I wanted to do something I was passionate about and the blog gave me the creative outlet I so desperately craved. Things with the blog and my hand-screened Keep Calm posters I sell in my etsy shop became so busy, I was able to quit my job and I am now a full-time blogger/editor/writer for my blog, sfgirlbybay.com. It's kind of a cliché, but it is a dream come true.
What is the next step for you as a designer? I'm really focusing on my photography right now. I studied photography in high school and it's always been a huge love of mine. I've recently started shooting more and more and have signed up for some technical, lightening classes so that I can better understand my cameras. I take my camera with me everywhere (much to the annoyance of my friends!) and snap even the most mundane things constantly. I started a feature on the blog called 'Sunday in the City' in which I share my photographs from around San Francisco. I have my first photography exhibit of that work on April 23rd at The Curiosity Shoppe in the Mission and am quite excited (and nervous!) for that.
If you could have superhero powers what would they be? Hmmm, clone myself? I seem to be constantly working, and the line between my social life and the blog is constantly blurred. Even a simple gallery exhibit, or an event becomes work for me - fodder to write about or photograph. I need to be many different people and be many different places at one time, so a clone would be really helpful!
Name a few of your favorite contemporary artists? I love Esther Pearl Watson's paintings. I love the humor I find in them. I love Maira Kalman, Martha Rich and Elizabeth Peyton, too. I love the photography of Loretta Lux, and William Eggleston. What else do you do beside blog? I am slightly flickr-obsessed, and can't get over the amount of talent and inspiration I find there. I don't watch TV, but I spend entirely too much time on flickr! As I said, photography is a huge hobby of mine and is turning into much more to me. I can't tell you the happiness it brings me. I love urban hikes around the city, and the nearby woods and parks around San Francisco. I love to cook and try and host regular dinner parties. I belong to a group called STITCH - a group of creative women who meet once a month and sit around crafting and sipping wine - it's wonderful. I love travel and recently returned from a trip to Thailand and am off to London in May. Currently Reading/ Watching anything? As I said, I don't own a TV, but I do download programs I really love from iTunes. I love Mad Men, not only for the great storyline, but the amazing sets and wardrobe - the 60's at it's best. I'm also an NPR/KCRW radio junkie. I listen pretty much all day long while I blog. It's my main source for news, culture and music. Sadly, I don't ever seem to have time to read lately and I love reading! I have been trying to read Infinite Jest from David Foster Wallace, but it's over 1,000 pages, so I am failing miserably!