PROFILE Emily Paris

Emily recently started an internship with us in the Toronto office. As we write this she is painting a wall with metallic primer and chalkboard paint, to create an inspiration wall (we decided that we shouldn't wear a lot of metal around that wall). Emily brings a new perspective and positive approach to our studio which is already helping to make good things happen.


Company/Organization: ROLLOUT




BFA Design, Concordia University
Textile Design, École Nationale des Beaux Arts


Describe your work:
My work focuses on exploring the relationships that are created between humans and their physical designed world. I often use screen-printing as a means to investigate my ideas. Contemporary revivals of traditional styles and ideologies common to the Arts and Crafts movement have become a common thread throughout my practice. I believe design can play an important role within social and environmental change. I am interested in creating work that is handsome, but also conceptually significant through the exploration of combining handmade and digital graphics.


- Works and writings of William Morris and John Ruskin,
- Symmetry and patterns in nature,
- Human relationships,
- Seemingly ordinary details of everyday life.


Future Projects/Goal:
- To achieve a seamless union between concept and aesthetic,
- To master the art of reproducing wallpapers and textiles through painstakingly time consuming traditional printing techniques.
- To do some good.


What is one word that describes your artist style? Spirited


How did you get started working with ROLLOUT?
I fell in love with the company's work and ethos, and then proceeded to harass them until they loved me back.


Please list a few cool or inspirational websites you visit and love:
It's Nice That 
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. and Tutoring Center 


What resources do you use for generating your work?
- Other people's ears: these help me brainstorm out loud and explore my thoughts,
- Carbon transfer paper,
- Psychology and design theory books,
- Everyday life.


Can you share any of your secret tips?
- Don't get emotionally attached to an imagined end result; unexpected changes can be good,
- Don't compare your work to others',
- Power naps.


What did your parents want you to be instead of an artist?
My parents wanted me to be an artist ever since I began (trying) to reproduce Van Gogh paintings at the tender age of 5. I wanted to be Céline Dion.


Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why?
Any work by Dan Funderburg, his patience for detail is something I aspire to.


What gets you excited about tomorrow?
- Seeing the products of today's ideas,
- New ideas.


How would you refer to the current artistic style and mindset you live in today?
A design is only as good as it's supporting concept.


Anything else you'd like to add? Work hard and keep smiling.




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