RECEIVE OUR QUARTERLY PACKAGE CURATED BY A VERY SPECIAL THREADLESS ARTIST!
Over here at Threadless, we’ve been up to some exciting stuff… including becoming a curator for the digital subscription service Quarterly! If you’re unfamiliar with the service, it works a bit like this: you sign up on the site, subscribe to a curator of your choice, and then, every three months, receive a box in the mail filled with special goodies chosen by that curator. It’s pretty nifty, and we’re super excited to be amongst a whole bunch of talented curators!
Of course, after being chosen as a Quarterly curator, we had to figure out a bunch of super sweet finds to put in our box. Well, it didn’t take us long to figure out that the best peeps to be curating our boxes would be our very own artists themselves. Who else knows exactly what our community wants!?! DUH!
So, without further ado, we’d love to introduce to you Katie Campbell, our first official artist curator and super-talented-awesome-stuff-picker behind our current Quarterly box. While we certainly can’t reveal everything she’s chosen (and personally made!) for the box, we can at least give you some hints with an interview! Learn a little bit more about Katie and let your curiosity mount while reading the below. As soon as you’re done, subscribe to our box so you can receive a package filled with wonderful things!
We’re so excited to have you as our first featured artist on Quarterly, Katie! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi! When the sun’s up I’m a Senior Graphic Designer for Savannah College of Art and Design and when it sets I live the dream of designing merchandise for amazing musicians old and new. In rare moments, I have free time. I’m a lover of laughing and everything punny!
How would you describe your aesthetic as an artist?
My aesthetic as an artist pulls from my love of screenprinting and its imperfections, the beauty of typography, hand-lettering and sign painting, as well as my background in fine art and oil painting. A strong concept can be overlooked if the style and execution are lacking. This has pushed me to have a wide range of approaches and explore new techniques.
What are some of your favorite tees you’ve had printed at Threadless and why?
My favorite design has to be “Yay Gay”. I was able to choose it for one of the shirts in my Made collection. It’s a simple and smart design that speaks so much about me and the world we live in. I did expect some negative comments, but never imagined it would be one of my best selling shirts on Threadless! It warms my heart and gives me hope for the future to see how well it’s done and how Threadless has promoted and backed it.
What was your reaction to being chosen as our first Quarterly artist?
My reaction is always the same when Threadless contacts me for a print or involvement - a mixture of four letter words, excitement, confusion, and affirmation. Threadless has attracted the most talented and up-and-coming artists of all kinds, from all of the world. So I wonder, why me? And I tell myself I must be doing something right.
Without revealing all of your awesome picks (gotta keep up the suspense!), what was your process like when choosing items for the box?
Well, I first looked through the other Quarterly boxes and noted the ones that I would enjoy receiving and why. I then tried to think of what inspires me daily and how I could inspire others with just a few items.
We know you plan to include a surprise art print in the box. Perhaps you could give us a few hints at what it will be?
It’s rare that I design or brainstorm in silence; I’m always listening to something. I’m not sure the full extent of how these lyrics and beats influence my work and me, but I do know that I am surrounded by Post-its and paper with barely legible ideas and sketches jotted on them. This print was derived from one of those notes… most likely written while listening to some Missy Elliott. :)
There will also be a third surprise: an exclusive accessory featuring one of your prints. Without giving it away, perhaps you could delight us three descriptive words to get us super excited?
Deep space travel.
Why do you think it’s important to surround yourself with inspiring things?
It opens your eyes to other ways of thinking, seeing, and creating. They’re constant fuel.
As an artist, what is the one object you could never go without?
Well, my initial thought was my computer, then my inner artist slapped me and said, “A pencil, dummy.” But, my final answer is music… though it is stored in many kinds of objects. :)
Why should everyone scoop up your Quarterly box immediately?
I’ll tell you why. You can get a good look at a butcher’s ass by sticking your head up there, but wouldn’t you rather take his word for it? No, what I mean is, you can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking your head up a butcher’s ass… no, wait… just get the box, you’ll love it!
Click here to subscribe to our Quarterly box!