A chat with Amy Crow
Designer, illustrator, store founder, hair stylist, photographer and appreciator of vintage. Amy is a multifaceted talent that has her foot firmly in the Brisbane arts community.
We caught up with her on the last week of the Forge Forward ALT LOVE pop-up, in the beating heart of Fortitude Valley. This showcase is the first of many to roll through the doors this year (and we are so thankful to be a part of it).
Forge Forward brings together Amy's brainchildren under the one roof, including Lost Salon (hair studio), Future = Female (her super fun label) and Yung Munny (mentorship). Umm... is there anything she can't do?
Read on as we chat about dream spaces, being a style chameleon and more.
If your art could be on anything, what would it be?
I love big spaces and big brands, I'd love to be involved with Volcom or Nike. Seeing whole walls occupied with graphics, illustration and type really gives me a sense of "bigger than just me" which would be super cool to be part of. Having said that, I'm not a muralist so by working with a brand to find a solution for that would be cool. I also get off on experience spaces, I think if I could design or be part of an experience space I'd be really stoked.
Is there any other skill that you wish you could add to your repertoire?
I wish I could 3D model - after getting my bust modelled and rendered I was thinking "damn, that is a sick skill to have", also given that I'd like to do more of that it would be a really beneficial skill to have.
Does your style change or evolve alongside your work?
I feel like a snake that sheds its skin every few weeks. I struggle with consistency and given my background in design - creating for hospitality / events - it's a requirement to change and research and alter and adapt constantly.
There are recurring themes I head back to like the Greek heads and faces, they always seem to show up. Or motives like archways and doors. I like to do what I feel like in the moment without much conscious thought - when I look back I usually notice a stream of subconscious thought there.
Do you have a piece of clothing/jewellery/accessory that you wear everywhere?
Lately I've been really attached to my Radical Yes! Yellow Sneakers, they are so comfortable. I always wear a ring made by Brisbane contemporary silver smith Jess Blak.
Did you always feel like you didn't identify with being one type of artist?
I have always been a generalist and I have always felt some degree of guilt about not being a specialist. Despite the fact I've been a hairdresser for ten years now, and have probably racked up well over the 10,000hrs of "mastery" - according to that theory.
I think I dislike the idea of having to stay in one medium or concept or style - I find it stifling. I always want to try and express something and try to find the best medium / way / canvas / approach to do that. Visually speaking I've got a few analogue styles and a few digital styles and at present I'm more interested in 3D and real life interactive experience work - something I've never done before.
Name 3 loveable weirdos that you'd like to have a cold beverage with.
Bonnie Hislop always. Sarah from Vacant Assembly / Monster Creative. Emily Devers from Third Quarter.
Where to find Amy
Visit the Forge Forward website
Get to Forge Forward at this address - and come to the launch of the March ANDROMEDA showcase on Sunday 8th.
See all of Amy's work at her website
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