LILY HARRIS

FullSizeRenderCH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

LH: If I were to describe my style of work, I have a hard time. So many labels for creating sound pretentious, so I’ll just say I make what I wish that I already had. I make women’s clothing.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

LH: This question links to the first, I really just make what I wished I had at the moment. I take color inspiration from a lot of modern furniture, art, & old magazines. After moving around non stop after high school and college, I wanted my closet to be much more concise but still wanted every piece in it to be special, so the goal is to create small collections that layer onto each other cohesively. I want to make pieces that you don’t have to retire at the end of each season.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ design?

LH: I like to start with the first layer. Slips are my favorite pieces. They become a perfect platform for subtle femininity. Then I think about what top will layer over that and so on. I dress the body look by look. I start with sketching and purchasing fabric. I love fashion illustration, so that is definitely one of my favorite parts of creating new pieces. Creative direction for shoots is my other favorite part of doing Lily Stan Studio

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your designs?

LilyStan_031LH: Because my collections start with a reflection of myself and what I’m looking for at that time, I want my personality to come through and I hope that it does. I am part tomboy, part girly girl, with a love for anything humorous. I like simple, more masculine shapes & details, mixed with both masculine colors and feminine pastel shades. I find humor in my work mostly through art direction when shooting lookbooks. In my new lookbook, coming out soon, I have models posing while taking selfies, etc. Lighthearted is good. Weird is very good.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

LH: I work full time designing childrens wear for Old Navy everyday. In my free time, I create Lily Stan Studio. Balancing takes a lot of energy and I haven’t perfected it. I tend to move cities a lot, so that can be disruptive to the process as well. It’s all a puzzle, but I enjoy all of it, so I make time. I like to stay busy, so it definitely keeps me busy.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

LH: I definitely believe in impulse. I’m an impulsive person and my mind changes, so when making a collection I am changing things up until the day that I have to photograph it, editing and adding.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

LilyStan_051LH: The biggest lesson that I have learned so far is a bit cynical, but it’s the most honest. I have learned to cherish privacy. I have learned that I want to share a lot of things like process, inspiration, ways of working, etc, but in the age of social media people take advantage of that. People take your ideas as their own, and that is inevitable. I don’t believe that anything is completely original, everything is built off of a foundation, but I do believe that new work should be given credit. I have learned to keep things to myself in the age of over sharing.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

LH: Personal style is very inspiring. You can give the same outfit to three people and they will all wear it differently. I like everyone’s point of view.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

LH: I don’t consider myself an artist, it’s a hard word. I make clothes, I like to draw, I like to style and direct photo shoots. I guess I think that is just enjoying my hobbies, and that’s good for me.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

LH: I will say I like that I am never bored.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

LH: There are so many. To name a few…I love Raf Simmons. I love how honest he is. I will forever cry that he is no longer working with Dior. It was a perfect mix of masculine/feminine when he was in charge. I love Issey Miyake because his shapes are amazing. I take a lot of color inspiration from modern furniture, so Muller Van Severen is so cool to me. I also take a lot of color inspiration from art. I love Matisse, Imi Knoebel, Jonathan Lakser, Ellsworth Kelly, etc.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

LH: I touched on this a little bit in an earlier question, but I’m torn. I love Instagram. I couldn’t run a business or share my work without it, but there is a side of it that I don’t like. It’s a new world where people are constantly looking at all of their social media apps, they are over-informed, and they want new now. The fast pace creates an environment of copying & comparing. I think there are 30 times more “stylists” and “art directors” than there ever were before. I’m learning to tune it out a bit more, focus less on other peoples lives, and make my own work. I will say, though, that Instagram lights a fire under my ass.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

LH: I think I appreciate more sometimes, and sometimes I think I appreciate less because of it.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

LH: I love traveling when I have time. I don’t have a favorite city, but I recently visited Portland and felt very at home.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

LilyStan_447LH: I love Bret Easton Ellis. He’s a bit of a prick, but that’s what I love about him. I like how normal, but odd & dark his characters are. He’s great.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

LH: I have very loose future goals. I want to focus on re-launching my classic collection in all organic fabrics that I love.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

LH: Again, I don’t consider myself an artist. I think if I was a fine painter I would, but I just keep myself busy.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

LH: “Uber Everywhere” by Torey Lanez. I love new R&B/Hip Hop, nobody would guess that I don’t think. People assume I listen to indie/new wave music, but I love Drake too much.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

LH: My aesthetic is very vague, but it makes sense in my mind. I hope it comes through in my work! I’m going for part tomboy/part girly girl with a touch of humor & a sort of timelessness.

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