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WELCOME Welcome to volume two! In this issue we explore mistakes of all shapes and sizes. We eschew the polished and superficial perfection that the words ‘style’ and ‘persona’ often bring to mind. Instead, we’ve strived to dig deeper into the strange, unpredictable, sometimes terrifying truth of being a creative person and living a full life. And most importantly, the beauty of coming out the other side having gratitude for the struggle.

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In this volume, we explore not only summer looks that are about letting your hair be a bit messy and your outfit look a little ‘off’, but living a life that’s yours: unique to your obstacles, worries, errors, joys and successes. We get our hands dirty with some inspiring people, and learn about the effort, failures and hard work behind their happy endings.

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I know that I originally thought going to a liberal arts college in small-town Oregon was a terrible mistake, but it actually changed my life. I met my husband, transferred to film school and fell in love with photography, makeup and collaborating on projects with friends. I could not be more grateful that I made that mistake.

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We all make mistakes. We all fall down. We have the humility to dust ourselves off and start again. Here’s to many more mistakes! Enjoy!

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Kelly Searle, Editor in Chief


THIS ISSUE IS DEDICATED TO

DIANE WAYMAN


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Fumbling, misunderstanding, failing, making MISTAKES. Failing, getting up, failing again. Dusting yourself off and striving, reaching, standing on the cusp of something better, something

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great. CUT, PASTE, EDIT, DISCARD. Moving on and being wiser, smarter, braver for the failure. Not fearing the loss. Not fearing EXPOSURE. Becoming, making something better. Doing better.Being better.

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A K E S Chelsea Fuss shares the triumphs and failures that lead to her successful prop styling career and lifestyle blog, frolic!


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Hi Chelsea! You have a long history of creative pursuits even before frolic! Being that this issue is the 'mistakes' issue, we might as well just jump right in! What were you doing before what you're doing now?

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Ah! So many mistakes. Sometimes it seems like I have to learn the same lessons over and over again, but I am so grateful for mistakes and the journey I've had that has lead me to where I am. I've had quite a journey. It all started in high school, when I started growing herbs and flowers. When I was sixteen, I tried to start a business peddling flowers I'd grown. It was a dismal failure! I also designed my first wedding flowers at 16, for my older sister. I went on to get an Art History degree, but started a flower business my junior year of college. I thought about jumping right into it full time after school but ended up landing a dream job with a plant nursery start-up in Portland. After a couple years there, I went to London to get more floral training, and then started my own shop. Right before I started blogging and prop styling, I was working a cubicle job in inventory management for a catalog company. I landed that job after closing

my flower shop I'd owned for five years. At the end of the shop, I worked a dozen different odd jobs here and there, booking tickets for Rail Europe, taking orders for a catalog, working retail, to make ends meet and hold my business together. I was actually really happy to be returning to a steady office job, and the monotony of the job actually restored me creatively and gave my brain a rest from running a business. By the time I left, I had so many pent up ideas that I was ready to pursue something creative on my own again.

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Was there ever a point where you felt like you made a mistake during one of your ventures and had to figure out what to do next? A lot of people who are in that struggle phase of their lives or careers kind of just see the successes and can get down on themselves, but this could just be that phase before something great happens and they make a breakthrough. I think hearing about others coming through that is really cathartic!

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When I owned my flower shop, it took a little bit to figure out how to get the buying just right. I definitely had situations where I over bought stems of flowers and ruined my profit for a


“Closing my shop was pretty sad. But had I not left that phase, I NEVER would have started my blog.”


“I am such a solitary worker. I love working alone. but once in a while I meet people who I really click with professionally and personally, and when we create together it's magic!�


wedding. It was very disheartening. You are dealing with a perishable product, incredibly high client expectations and the whim of the weather gods. At that time, I was very young, 23. For me, creativity and creating art were my number one priorities. Business always came 2nd. It took years and years of making mistakes to switch those priorities. There are so many mistakes, and I'll keep making them. That's how you learn. A small business is always, always evolving and changing and you have to be open to that and be able to adjust accordingly.

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Any mistakes in your life that ended up leading to something better, even though it didn't feel like it at the time?

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with professionally and personally and when we create together it's magic! I absolutely love working on the Hetterson + frolic! series with Hannah Peterson and Lisa Warninger. They are some of my all time favorite projects. I also have loved collaborating with my insanely talented friend, Joke, who runs the stationery line, Tokketok. She's just brilliant. I hope I can keep creating projects with all these girls!

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Blogging has been amazing. I've met a good chunk of my friends through the blogging community. I find the people behind blogs are feistier, tougher and even more charming in person. I've loved nearly every single blogger I've met.

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Closing my shop was pretty sad. But had I not left that phase, gone on to work in an office, I never would have started my blog, which has lead to so many amazing opportunities. I absolutely love the way my career has evolved and I wouldn't trade any of the experiences, the good or the bad.

If you could dream big, no-holds-barred, what is your ideal life you would love for your future?

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When you were first envisioning Frolic!, what was going through your mind? Was it scary or for fun or both?

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Frolic! was merely for fun. I had no idea blogging was a business; very few blogs were operating like businesses at that time. One day I was sitting in my basement after work, and decided to start a brand new blog (deleting two others I'd been posting to). I started making the header and the word, 'frolic!' came to me. It embodies the playful, beautiful life I've always sought. Plus, I just loved the way the word looked.

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What are some of your favorite projects you've worked on? Any funny stories or important people in your life who you met through your work?

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I am such a solitary worker. I love working alone, but once in a while I meet people who I really click

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I am not quite sure but I know it involves homemade food, gardening, dancing, the sea, traveling, contributing to the world somehow. Also, hopefully there's a Colin Firth type character and a really adorable baby.

If you had to name three life-changing moments of your life, what would they be?

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Spending a year assisting with the care taking of my grandmother, taking a leap and going to Sweden by myself for three months when I was 31 and learning how to use my camera.

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I love sitting with a cup of tea on the mossy bank in my garden. Also doing Ballet Beautiful!

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Chelsea’s work has been praised by Lucky, Domino, The Wall Street Journal Magazine and frolic! has been listed as one of the top design blogs by The London Times and The Independent. Check out Chelsea’s blog and Instagram to keep up with her travels and projects!


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PUNK AT HEART Meghan Keyes on her personal style and unabashed love for the alternative culture that got her through her teens.

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P H O T O G R A P H Y DREW HUNT W O R D S MEGHAN KEYES


I was always a little weird. I had to get glasses in the second grade, the first

bespectacled in my class. I spent my free time reading, having to re-read books like Watership Down in school, because I’d already tackled them over the summer. My desire to stand out, however, was minimal —I wanted nothing more than to blend in, to be one of the effortlessly cool kids. That changed when I turned 13.

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The year was 2002. I was entering the eighth grade, the final year of middle school, before we moved up to the big leagues. Prior to this, my music taste centered around the radio and Total Request Live. This was, of course, how it all began: one day, after school, 13-year-old me sat down to watch TRL, and Carson Daly introduced a new video by a girl from Canada. A girl on a skateboard. A girl wearing eyeliner. She was cool, she was different, I was sold. That very weekend, I trekked to the mall with Tracy, the only girl I knew who was brave enough to enter the loud, dark and VERY scary Hot Topic with me, to peruse the racks among skaters at Zumiez. I found everything I wanted, and that Monday, entered my class a different girl. White tank top, my dad’s tie, a black and white striped wristband, black jelly bracelets, baggy khakis, tube socks, and my Vans. I was ready to rule the world.

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And then, someone asked me why I was dressed like that. The boys who sat near me called me ‘Avril’ all day. My embarrassment fully engulfed me, I put my tie in my locker between classes. My friends pulled me aside in the hallway and asked me if I was okay, if I was depressed…if I was goth. Goth was but a fleeting thought, an untouchable—there were kids who were goth, of course, but it had never crossed my mind. I simply wanted to be a sk8r girl.

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While my fashion took a step back, I took a musical step forward, to another MTV-friendly band: Good Charlotte. Their music was nearly identical in style to Avril, but here were tattoos, long spiked hair, dyed

“No girl survives a day’s worth of outfit ridicule without saying, I will never, ever do that again...Style is about yourself, and an expression of your self that very day.” pink...and they were boys. Do you really wanna be like them? Nope. I had never known there was another option, but now that I did—I was going to take it and I was not going to look back. My style may have tamed, but my little punk rock heart was still going strong. My best friend bought me The All-American Rejects CD for my birthday. I got New Found Glory’s Sticks and Stones. There was a new world, one full of music that rarely got played on the radio, full of angst and mosh pits, not love and clubs.

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With my style having reset after the Day of Avril, I had to rebuild. I started to find funny t-shirts at the thrift store, adding in layers, asking my mom to buy me band t-shirts online. I dyed my hair. Teen angst is a funny thing and a force to be reckoned with, and frankly one that I’ve yet to outgrow. As I made it into high school, I found there were other people like me, who stood out, looked different. MySpace came around, and with it, new friends, and always, new bands.

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My goth tendencies resurged in 2009, holding strong until very recently, when waves of punk rock nostalgia have flooded in. A second coming of riot grrrl is imminent, and I know I’m well-prepared. No girl survives a day’s worth of outfit ridicule without saying, I will never, ever do that again...Style is about yourself, and an expression of your self that very day, and today I’m feeling a little Avril. I just bought a brand new pair of Vans. Perhaps black jelly bracelets are next.


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MY STYLE JOURNEY

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Venessa Teng is a wife, mom and personal stylist. She works with people of all walks to help them develop their style and embrace their individuality. She has an eye for color, pattern and texture, and can pull off combinations most fashion bloggers wouldn’t even dream of. She’s also hilarious and compassionate. She’s one of a kind and is truly herself. Here she shares her personal style journey.

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What is your perspective on personal style? What does it mean to you? As a personal stylist, have you ever seen someone's perspective, mood or way they see themselves change because of what they wear? Does style have an emotional impact?

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You have to love what you wear. Your personal style has to be a reflection of who you are on the inside. Be true to yourself. I try to make my style reflect who I am: happy, colorful and bubbly. In the past when I've dressed how I ‘think' other people want me to look I end up feeling like it’s not my nature.

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I'm so blessed in my job to be able to help people dress for themselves. Sometimes that means trying something new, a little push outside their comfort zone. It always turns out great! I think sometimes we need a fresh set of eyes to see the positives in our bodies instead of the negative. When I can accentuate the positive and reflect someone’s personality it’s a win, win for all!

My clients feel great and I'm elated I was able to help.

" How would you describe your style now? "

My style now is preppy with a funky edge. I love bright colors & patterns. I like the idea of mixing old and new. My 99-year-old grandmother gave me her old jewelry and I try to wear a piece of it every day. Whether it’s an earring, necklace or bracelet. I like the idea of honoring the past or a person and one way to do that is to wear what they wore.

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If you had to name 3 turning points in your life and remember what you were wearing that day, what would they be? Was what you were wearing an indicator of who you were then and that point in your life?

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I remember growing up and my grandma had a beautiful dress she'd kept from the 1940's. Gorgeous peach fabric with a pleated skirt. I loved to twirl in it when I was little. When I came to visit as a teenager she had me try it on and it finally fit. I felt so grown up and beautiful. My wedding day (of course!) is another. My mom and I picked out a mermaid-style gown. Now it already had plenty of embellishments on it, but it being 1992 and our love for sparkle and shine, my mom felt


it was not enough and spent hours and hours adding sequins, pearls and crystals! I look back at the pictures now and I'm like, ‘What was I thinking?!’ But I do cherish that dress because of how much love my mom poured into it. When my daughter graduated I wore a pretty

polkadot dress. I was/am so incredibly proud of my daughter and all her accomplishments. I just remember that day realizing how fast time had gone by and she would be leaving for college soon. Life was about to change…again!

" What got you interested in style? "

I don't know of any real defining points of getting interested in style. Probably playing dress-up at grandma’s planted the seeds. I remember looking at Vogue magazine and seeing how pretty everything was. But it’s been a journey. I like to go on Pinterest and Instagram to see how other people dress. I love to see fresh perspectives and I get inspired from that.

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You're such a stylish, fun, independent person and light up a room! As a mom, was there a message you wanted to instill in your daughter about style?

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My daughter is so incredibly beautiful and confident. I’ve always told her to be herself! With each new chapter in her life, I see her style change. I think that is true for all of us. Be open to the new things life presents us with.

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Any embarrassing fashion moments in your past?

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Good Lord, too many to count! I was a teenager in the 80's but I love that style! Looking back at pictures, pretty much the entirety of the 90's were horrendous! I had two young kids so my wardrobe consisted of baggy sweatshirts and really bad mom jeans! Yikes! Note to self, burn those pictures!

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Wear what you love, consider the occasion, don't take yourself too seriously and have fun with it!

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“I think sometimes we need a fresh set of eyes to see the positives in our bodies instead of the negative.”


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PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Searle WORDS Oliver & Nora Nichol


“I’m scared about going to different schools and meeting new people and new teachers. That’s what I’m really scared of in my life. But when I’m older I can do more things.” -Nora

“The best day of my life is when it’s my birthday. I get to invite my friends and I can invite anyone I want. Grownups are kinda boring. Because they make you do chores! [Are any grownups cool?] Mom is.” -Oliver


“When I grow up I want to be a person who finds animals and makes them feel better. Not a veterinarian. A person who goes out in the wild and finds wild stuff and brings them to a vet.” -Oliver


“Some things that are really important to me right now are listening to music when I do my homework because it really helps me concentrate. I also like writing songs in my journal because it’s peaceful for me and I like doing it alone. When I sing them I can express myself.” -Nora

“Oliver is amazing, funny and cute! I want to be a professional horse rider when I get older because I really am into horses and I really like caring for them and riding them.” -Nora


FREE WILLY CHANGED MY LIFE !

WORDS Drew Hunt ILLUSTRATION Sean Dickerson


Drew is a writer and film critic living and working in Chicago. His stories have been featured in places like The Reader and Slant Magazine. He’s also one of the funniest and warmest people you will ever meet.

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I was six years old the first time I saw Free Willy. For most people my age, the film is purely nostalgic, remembered for its absurd premise and for having an underrated lateperiod Michael Jackson slow jam on its soundtrack. For me, though, Free Willy is so much more than half-forgotten pop ephemera. It represents a seminal moment in what would become both my chosen profession and my strongest passion, even if its effect took more than a decade to properly crystallize.

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My memory of the screening—and the movie as a whole, really—is pretty foggy, but I know I saw it opening weekend with my mom, and I remember the theater was pretty much packed. The film was made in Oregon, where I was born and raised, and was shot primarily in the coastal town of Astoria, where my grandmother was born and my family owned a vacation house we’d frequent in the summer. For weeks leading up to the film’s release, whenever we’d see the teaser on TV or hear an ad on the radio, she’d remind me that it was shot in Astoria, and when we’d finally get to see it in theaters, I’d recognize all the locations. Sure enough, the film begins and I immediately recognize the hilly streets, historic Victorian houses, forested terrain, and distinctive bridge that crosses the

Columbia and connects Astoria, the state’s northernmost town, to neighboring Washington. It was thrilling, and I felt privileged, almost famous looking at locations I recognized splash across a movie screen—that was until the whole thing was ruined in the span of a single second.

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Fairly early in Free Willy, there’s an innocuous scene in which the main character, Jesse, is given a new bike by his stepdad, and he subsequently rides it to the town’s Sea World-esque aquatic amusement park. The first bit, in which Jesse receives the bike, takes place on a road a bit outside of Astoria that takes you into town; the next shot—literally, the very next one—is a tracking shot of Jesse riding into the park, the implication being he’s just had a quick, leisurely ride from one part of town to another.

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Only Astoria doesn’t actually have a Sea World-esque aquatic amusement park. And furthermore, what is purported to be a Sea World-esque aquatic amusement park is actually Oaks Amusement Park, a rinky-dink year-round carnival in south Portland, more than 100 miles from where the rest of the film takes place. Such a thing, of course, is very common in film, but for me, a six-yearold with no real idea of how movies are made, it was a complete betrayal. There’s no way, I thought, that his parents would let him ride his bike all the way to Oaks Park from Astoria.(Never mind the amount of time it would take—a quick search of Google maps tells me such a trek lasts 9 hours—a thought


that didn’t occur to me then but strikes me as now as the more dubious deception).

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As I watched Free Willy break the laws of time, space, and proper parenting with what I perceived as brash impudence, I found myself fuming and loudly proclaimed ‘This isn’t real!’ for the whole theater to hear. Today, as a working film critic and active cinephile, I realize what an important lesson I learned that day.

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For starters, it’s extremely common for films to shoot on multiple locations, as it is for filmmakers to suggest their story takes place in a single place when it actually takes place in several. Moreover, the sequence of shots I just described constitute a basic function of film grammar, that entire locations and expanses of time can be erased with a simple cut even as the given scene retains its thematic current, as if nothing has changed despite nothing being the same. Filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard and Philippe Garrell use this tactic to not only illustrate cinema’s inherent illusionism, but also celebrate the form’s subtle yet profound ways of suggesting reality while simultaneously denying it. (As Godard once famously quipped, ‘Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world’).

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I think this notion applies to art and style, in general. So often, we as individuals project an image that on the surface seems natural; yet a considerable amount of planning and, yes, even manipulation goes into our art, work, and self-identity. So

often, you’ll hear a stylist or artist of any fashion say, ‘I want this—this painting, this photo, this film, this image, this outfit—to be natural,’ but it seems to me that the idea of naturalism, as an aesthetic, is a contradictory idea: nothing that’s planned or designed can ever be natural.

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This is a fascinating paradox, one that speaks to a human truth about how we express ourselves. The space between art and ‘naturalism’ represents the intersection of pragmatism and idealism, fact and fiction; it’s the place where we’re ultimately the most truthful, where who we are and who we aspire to be are forged in a single identity. I keep this in mind whenever I watch a film—it’s imperative, as a critic, to make one’s self aware of how a director is manipulating his audience—and whenever I meet a new person or make a new friend.

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The point is not to judge, which might seem contradictory coming from a critic, but the point stands: we can’t condemn Free Willy for suggesting two entirely separate locations are actually one in the same; we must consider its emotional, intellectual, and even spiritual implications, if there are any; we must take the work for what it is and determine how it speaks to us. The scene in question, as I said, remains innocuous, but for me, the kid who was ready to see his world on screen only to have it betrayed entirely, it resonates to this day.

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WILD STYLE An Interview with my brother

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Photography Kelly Searle
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MY BROTHER SEAN IS THE COOLEST CAT AROUND.

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When I first got into photography, he was one of my test subjects and we would do shoots lighting off firecrackers on a beach. Our insane yelling and chain-reaction explosive set-ups would draw families from all the local resorts down at midnight to see our new years’ experiments and participate in the craziness that ensues when we’re together.

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We’ve always had our own language and growing up in the middle of the desert, we were each others’ best friends and occasional enemies. We’ve always been into things that are a little bit different, which made for some rocky high school years for the both of us. I think that weirdness and being drawn to dark humor and just off-the-wall ideas in general created a bond that a lot of siblings don’t have. We love to watch My So-Called Life marathons and make David Chang recipes. He will wear dinosaur-pattern pants to the Japanese gardens, rock grandpa sweaters until they literally unravel and stop to draw anywhere, anytime. He’s an amazing artist and is pretty much fearless about everything from his outfits to his high-speed skateboarding down the san francisco hills where he lives. Whenever I question something like whether starting a magazine with no funding or wearing a fluorescent yellow dress with leopard print and polka dots is a good idea, i just think,

what would sean do?


“I’d like to think the clothes pick me, but I’m very selective.”

The Usual: sean stopping randomly on a walk to draw a crying pirate


One of our first photography tests when we were in high school

“I mostly dress to impress myself. But if it intrigues or evokes emotions in others, all the better. It’s art and style’s the limit.”


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“I guess it’s the inner humorous, sarcastic cynic that wants to escape or manipulate a visual reality away from the one we live in.”

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Getting yelled at in an art museum because we entered the installation and took photos with a disposable camera


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“Seems like I’m always looking to the past for inspiration. It’s a never-ending ebb and flow of inspiration for my imagination.”



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me, but surrealism and cartoons/comics are what really tickle my fancy. To create another realm all unto itself… twisting, distorting or poking fun at the world we live in has always captured my attention. That’s why I’ve always been drawn to philosophy; it dissects, distorts and awakens your perception. Dostoevsky, Kant and even George Carlin are gods to me—they’ve changed my perspective and how I see the world. Even though I have these dark, cerebral inspirations, I’d be nothing without humor. It’s very important for me to have that yin and yang balance of context. Music also helps to influence the

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“I’m 27 and coming out with my first collection and my first line. It took a while to get here.”


“There’s a lot of math involved and it’s a really different way of thinking than we do in most areas of life. I made my wedding dress. Last year I had kind of a quarterlife crisis.”

“When my 27th birthday was coming, I was like, you know, just do it now. otherwise you’re not going to do it.”


“I applied at portland sewing, which launches new designers, and got in. I’m so glad i’m doing it. i’m a pretty lowenergy person, so it’s been incredibly hard but I’m really pushing myself for the first time in a while.”


“I’m glad I decided not to go to design school when i was 18, although i regretted it then. I’m doing it now in a totally different place in my life.”


“A lot of self-doubt. I have a really hard time putting things in the public eye. and that can even be one or two people. I keep creative things very close.�


“I just have to get over my self-doubt and put things out there even if they’re not 100% ready.”


“We all wear clothes all the time. Coming up with it from scratch is different. It’s so interesting to me.”


“why would someone buy my stuff? it was hard to know if my work was interesting enough, different enough. it’s day-to-day whether i’m happy with my creations.”


“The black thread i used in this collection is from my aunt’s sewing kit. i lost her a few years ago and her memory influences me all the time. I feel like I’m using the tradition. I find little handwritten notes of hers in the sewing manual. Does the world really need another dress? Maybe not, but it’s important to us as people. memories, traditions, how clothes make us think and feel. it’s all valuable. This experience has been really amazing.”


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