Interviewing Young Artists of San Francisco by a Young Artist in San Francisco

 

Julia Forsley, 19
 

Where are you from?

Hampton, New Hampshire 

What do you do?

Designing. Also oil painting. Oh and thrifting is one of my favorite things to do. 

How would you describe your outfit to someone who couldn't see it? 

I’m wearing a traditional Chinese, boy’s, silk top with a white knit T-shirt, dark gray mom jeans, mustard colored men's socks, my super filthy converse that I’ve had forever and ever and some cool earrings.

How would you describe your style in one word?

Practical. 

Who are some of your icons/artists you draw inspiration from? 

 I love Alexa Chung. Man repeller also, she’s so random but she makes it look so good. 

What song do you have on repeat right now? 

Chance the Rappers - Finish line

Was there a moment that you could pinpoint that changed who you are now?

When I was little I had this baby blanket that was in total shreds and when I was like 3 it ripped in half and I decided to make it a skirt and a crop top. My mom has a picture of it still to this day. I obviously didn’t realize like “I’m going to go into fashion”, but it totally did start there. That’s just a little moment. 

What's your favorite place to hang out in San Francisco? 

I really like the Mission because they have good thrift stores and good food. There’s a lot of character there. 

Why did you choose to pursue art in San Francisco?

I feel like San Francisco is a great base for artists. It’s not too overwhelming, it kind of gets you started and then you can move onto bigger things from here. I also think it’s important to be surrounded by people that are doing the same thing that you love. 

How long do you plan on staying in San Francisco? 

2 more years max. I need to end up in New York.

 

Blog:  Tofashionandbeyond.com

IG @ juliaapauline

Interviewing Young Artists of San Francisco by a Young Artists in San Francisco

 

Dalya Assa, 19

Where are you from:

 I was born in California, but then I moved when I was 7 to Qatar, and then I moved to
Abu Dhabi. 

What do you do?

Styling, my main focus and strength is product styling. I have my own fashion blog too.

How would you describe your outfit to someone who couldn't see it? 

I’m wearing a pair of “Dungaree’s”, a white button up and white sneakers. It's very plain and everything is oversized. Everything I wear is always like 2 sizes too big.

How would you describe your style in one word  

Minimalistic. Another word though for recently would be kind of ‘boyish’. I’m infamous at work for dressing feminine but having a little boy's style.

Who are some of your icons/artists you draw inspiration from? 

I love fashion bloggers. My favorite is a girl that's more than just a blogger, she’s a huge creative, her name is Margaret Zhang. She’s awesome. She does everything from styling to photography to creative direction.

If you could choose any other art medium to pursue what would it be?

Even if I’m not good at it? Painting. I'd love to be the type of person to just sit inside and paint all day. 

Was there a moment that you could pinpoint that changed who you are now?

It was this summer. I’m very sure of myself, that’s one of my strengths and I was out my current job and I was thinking of switching to a new company . I interviewed and got the job. Everyone at my work though was asking me what I was doing with my life. It wasn’t a big deal at the time to me but then my mentor from work took me out to coffee and he asked me ‘what do you want to do with your life’, and I was like ‘shit I don’t know’. and that to me was huge because like I said I’m always so sure of myself. having someone sit down and just look at me and ask “what do you want to do with your life” was so different because I never had anyone say that to me, especially someone older. I realized I had so long and I still had so much to learn. Last year I was so confident and (this) knocked me down but I think it was better because it gives me so much more room to grow. 

What's your favorite place to hang out in San Francisco? 

Probably the Embarcadero. I love how it’s crazy but it’s also quiet. I love to go down there when my mom comes to visit. It’s open there. I feel like I’m not in San Francisco.

Why did you choose to be an artist in San Francisco? 

When I was in High school I actually decided I wanted to do fashion. I was thinking FIT but I knew New York wasn’t my type of place at all. It’s all kind of too fast for me. I love San Francisco, everyone loves San Francisco. It’s one of those cities that you can’t find a lot of bad things to say about it except maybe ‘it’s cold’ (compared to Dubai), I mean I knew I wouldn’t survive (the weather) in New York. When I moved here I had like maybe 3 long sleeves and I didn’t own a coat. 

How long do you plan on staying in San Francisco? 

I know that I want to be here when I’m older, I would love to live down in the Marina. I think I see myself here for a long time. If I get a job elsewhere I’d of course consider it but I just love San Francisco so much. I’d like to be here when the fashion scene starts to erupt. 

Blog: Undertheimpression.com

IG @ dalyaheleen

Interviewing Young Artists of San Francisco by a Young Artist in San Francisco

Cameron Orland, 19

 

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Where are you from? 

Guam

What do you do?

I’m a knitwear designer which is creating garments through knits by both hand and machine, a stylist because I just love clothing, and I also have a youtube channel where I share my outfits, makeup, anything I’m passionate about.

How would you describe your outfit to someone who couldn't see it? 

I’m wearing vintage bright yellow overalls, I think they’re men's? I’m also wearing a shredded white pullover by UNIF. Sparkly ugly sunglasses I got at Haight. An S&M style choker from the lingers section at Nasty Gal. Ping pong ball earrings that are painted like eyeballs. And finally, my vans skate high-top sneakers with the laces wrapped around my ankles.

How would you describe your style in one word?

Unconventional. It’s one of those things where my friends say “Cam you wear something different all the time but when I see a garment at a store I can tell when it’s something you would wear”

Who are some of your icons/artists you draw inspiration from? 

Just random kid's on Instagram.

What song do you have on repeat right now? 

I’ve been listening to ‘Reflections’ from the movie Mulan and ‘Colors of the Wind’ from Pocahontas. I kind of lose my mind every week and listening to childhood music really brings me back. 

If you could choose any other art medium to pursue what would it be?

I really don’t know what else I would do if I wasn’t doing fashion. I would say maybe Film. To tell a story through moving pictures.

Was there a moment that you could pinpoint that changed who you are now?

I think my first semester of college really defined who I was. I thought I knew who I was before coming here but I really didn’t. High-school I was in a long relationship and that was kind of my priority at the time. Coming out here, being single, being young and pursuing art, it forced me to figure out who I was. Art is kind of a lonely experience. I’m not as Naive as I was, I’m still pretty Naive, but my experience last year really helped define my values, style, everything else. It’s not really one thing that defined me.

Why did you choose to pursue art in San Francisco? 

My mom showed me AAU and said “hey I think this city my be good for you”. I’m pretty liberal, open-minded, I like to meet new people and surround myself with artists. San Francisco is very much that

How long do you plan on staying in San Francisco? 

I want to stay in SF as long as I can. I don't know where my career will take me though. 

Youtube Channel: youtube.com/cameronorland

IG @ camofspam