A Conversation with

Lorraine Nam

Brooklyn-based textile designer and illustrator Lorraine Nam creates beautifully intricate pieces from paper. The Rhode Island School of Design graduate joined our Artist Series and created a cut paper sculpture of the Oribe logo as the Greek goddess Aphrodite. In addition to her art, Lorraine is also a blogger and runs a site called #FFFFFF Walls which features studio visits and in depth interviews with other artists. Read on to find out more about Lorraine抯 creative process, which artist she dreams of working with and the best advice she抯 ever received.

Tell us a little about your background in art. When did you know that it was your calling?
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I drew everywhere卭n the walls, on paper and even on myself!

How would you describe your artistic aesthetic?
I would describe my artistic aesthetic as minimal with respect to material and color, but very detailed. Everything I do is hand cut with an X-Acto knife from a single sheet of paper. I typically sketch out a rough idea of what I want to do and then freehand cut everything. For me, the ability to decide my next move on the fly is extremely freeing, and the end result is much more exciting.

Why did you decide to design the Oribe logo the way you did?
The Oribe logo reminded me of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Through the execution of her hair, I wanted to capture the beauty and wildness of the Greek myths. I also wanted to hint at her oceanic origins.

Describe your artistic process. Where do you typically find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. In New York, the people, the environment and my surroundings inspire me. I'm also a textile designer by trade and am very much influenced by the tactile nature of different fabrics, patterns and colors.

If there抯 any artist you could collaborate with, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do together?
I would love to collaborate with Matisse. Everyone is familiar with his paintings, which are fantastic, but I really enjoy the cut paper work he did in his later years.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
The best advice I've every received was to just keep on working. Keep doing what you love best for the sole purpose of doing it and not for any other reason.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style changes daily! It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I want my look to be streamlined and minimal. Other days, I want to wear something a little over the top with bold jewelry.

How do you normally wear your hair?
My hair right now is in a short bob, so a little pomade for texture goes a long way.

Your greatest talent outside of art?
I really enjoy blogging. Two years ago, I started a blog with my partner, Jon. Together, we visit artist studios and interview them. We felt that the idea of keeping a space for a studio was really important, and we wanted to capture the behind-the-scenes shots of how these artists work. The project has been really rewarding as we see the artists' work grow and develop.

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