1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background in the arts world?
First and foremost, I am an illustrator. I believe deeply in the transformational power of honest and vulnerable representation. My background is in art therapy; a career I decided to put off until later in life, but I use my own art making practice to process, and specifically my relationship with myself and my body.
I also co-own two creative businesses; an art studio space called Allmost, providing accessible creative space and community for creative entrepreneurs and artists in MidCity, Los Angeles. And a retail collective in Silverlake (Allright Collective); where we provide a brick and mortar infrastructure for local makers and artisans to sell and grow their independent brands. Both of these businesses give artists and creative entrepreneurs a platform for growth in Los Angeles, which I believe is incredibly important for the future of my city.
2. What/who is your biggest inspiration?
I am most inspired by the people around me. Incredible makers and creative entrepreneurs who are creating the world they want to see. And this city!
3. What do you love most about the handmade movement?
I love the sustainability and unique and honest perspectives represented in goods made by hand, or dreamt up by artists. I don’t want to be told how to be and what to want by an advertising agency; I am most excited by products and imagery that is reflective of honest human experience.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5+ years?
Doing what I’m doing now, but working less and making more.
5. Anything you want to see more of in the arts world in the future?
I believe that we can change ourselves and our world through representation. I want to continue to see more bodies and more humans represented in the art world.
6. What is the most important feature in an artist’s application for you?
I think an artist’s purpose and intention is most important - I love to see that someone’s brand is authentic and meaningful to them. I will also be looking for sustainable supply chains, and production practices that support other local independent businesses.
7. What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Jury?
I am looking forward to seeing some new artists and brands! And shopping for our store as well :)
8. Where can we find more about you?
My favorite part of the internet is Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reesabobeesa/
I also have a website: http://www.theresabaxter.me/