Today we are catching up with wonderfully talented artist Olivia Knapp. These days Olivia is creating tons of art and is also the art director of new design studio oaffi (original art for the fashion industry). She maintains a great catalog of artwork easily purchased and downloaded from the oaffi website.Tell us about oaffi and how the concept got started.
When I worked as a Textile Designer for Nordstrom Product Group it was frustrating to see textile and surface design studios flying halfway across the world every few months to sell their artwork on fabric from their black Tumi suitcases. Not only was the presentation often unprofessional, but the sporadic accessibility of the artwork to the clients and wasted resources seemed counterproductive. The fashion industry is fast paced, immediate, and global -- the textile and surface design industry should be as well.
What lessons have you learned so far in the process?
Well, I will keep you posted on that one, it is still so early.
What inspires you?
Good people, free time, and a mild climate.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
I am always experimenting with new mediums, at the moment I love drawing with water soluble crayons and painting with inks!
Name a city that describes you best.
Portland; the city has that great Northwest weather and nurtures entrepreneurial independence within the creative and artistic community.
What design books/blogs/websites/brick and mortar stores can you not live without?
FFFFound, Juxtapoz Mag, Suzie Bubble, and The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp.
Five words that best describe your aesthetic and point of view.
Fresh, graphic, experimental, urban, and esoteric
More artists, Printsource, Direction by Indigo, M.A.G.I.C, and a vacation to Iceland.