Q&A with Shantell Martin!

November 11, 2011
I am very excited about this week's feature! Today is 11/11/11 which is a really amazing. As if your like me I make wishes when the clock strikes 11:11 almost every day/night. And being that it is 11/11/11 I have a big wish for me and Shantell!  I met Shantell Martin about a year ago at the SohoHouse and she left a big impression on me. Her work is so inspirational and creative. I cannot wait to work with Shantell. We have been trying to join forces for the past year and I do believe you will see something from us in 2012.

Before you read further a point that I must point out that is the truth when I speak at engagements on the industry ... "One thing we were not taught at St Martins was the business side of art. Contacts, sales, negotiations stuff like that, which leads to a lot of artist being taken advantage. I’ve had to learn much of these kinds of skills as I’ve gone along."- Shantell

 READ MORE BELOW :)

About...
London-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist Shantell Martin has become one of the pioneers of a unique form of ambient, spontaneous, digital music-art interaction using light projection. Using live-painting and animation software, Martin projects on a surface, rapidly drawing and writing to the beat of live or recorded music, and using drawing software to repeat patterns, zoom in and out on the canvas, and make the illustrations spin and “dance.” When an audience member steps up to the projector, Martin incorporates them into the drawing so they become living, dancing art. Martin’s dazzling light projections have become wildly popular and she has performed live at festivals and venues in New York, St Petersburg, Tokyo, and Geneva. Recently, Martin performed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, was featured on an episode of the hit show Gossip Girl, and was profiled by CNN, which wrote that she “mesmerized crowds by using a tablet to draw real-time projection art that interacted with the audience in time with the music.”
Martin is a graduate of the prestigious Central St. Martins School of Art and also works as a freelance illustrator. She now leads interactive workshops on digital painting creativity around the world.


Now time for my favorite part! The Q&A :)

1) How would you style your favorite Boy Meets Girl(R) item?
Would love to see one of those comfy dark coloured Boy Meets Girl hoodie’s worn with some 3x1 jeans, a Brain Wood T-shirts and a pair of the limited edition adidas x Ransom kicks that I drew on. Simple, nice and casual.

2) What causes and/or organizations do you support?
Games for change http://www.gamesforchange.org/about/
Girl Spring http://www.girlspring.org/
Tom Tom Magazine http://tomtommag.com/

3) What is your favorite part of your job?
All of it. I basically get to draw, create and travel around the world.

4) What have you learned about the work force that you didn’t know in college?
Hmm what have I learned about the work force since collage, well I went to art school quite early on which is a completely different ball game. One thing we were not taught at St Martins was the business side of art. Contacts, sales, negotiations stuff like that, which leads to a lot of artist being taken advantage. I’ve had to learn much of these kinds of skills as I’ve gone along.


5) What is the hardest part of your job? Highlight one or all that apply!
Can I just half highlight?

a. lack of sleep

b. long hours/crammed schedule

c. find a good balance between personal life and work


6) Favorite all time movie quote?
Willy Wonka: Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous.

7) Favorite thing to do in NYC/or city live in?
When I’m back in the city I love just meeting up with friends and having a good walk around some of the quieter parts of town with cup of tea in hand.


8) If you could live out of the country where would you settle down?
Really cant think about settling down right now, but I would love to experience living in Paris and Berlin in the future.


9) What’s your favorite..

-website? Can’t say I have a favorite.. Been getting in to SoundCloud recently

-book? Monster (Japanese Manga Series)

-gadget? My VoiceLive Touch

-guilty pleasure? A nice big cup cake

-midnight snack? Tomato


10) What’s been your biggest splurge this season?
I'd Rather spend my money on pens and tech stuff these days... So my biggest splurge would have to be spending at least $250 on Staedtler permanent pens.

 
 
 
Thank you SO much Shantell for your inspirational work and spirit! And thank you for being part of my Friday Finds Feature.
 
Xo,
Stacy

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