Saturday, February 10, 2007

accidental interview #6
...a periodic presentation from hoping for happy accidents

nyc based designer abby clawson low is the senior art director at kate spade, working on all the unique, quirky advertising, packaging, websites and product design for the kate spade and jack spade brands since 2004. she's also done projects for everyone from martha stewart living magazine to chronicle books to takashimaya to west elm.

where were you educated?
+ brigham young university (utah)
+ design mw (new york)

who/what did you want to be when you were a child?
a teacher (i idolized my kindergarten teacher)

what inspires your work?
+ office supplies
+ other people's junk

happiness is...
+ a seat on the train
+ a home cooked meal
+ grandma clawson's mix tapes
+ newspaper clippings from my dad
+ sugar cookies from my mom
+ winegums from my mother-in-law.

browsing often...
+ p.s. 321 flea market (brooklyn)
+ great mall of china (canal street, nyc)
+ mercer street books
+ staples
+ $1 book carts at the strand
+ a.p.c.
+ seaJay stamp and coin online shop
+ postage stamp mega event, javits center, nyc

wishing for...
+ a real bed
+ boyfriends for my sisters
+ a seat on the train
+ more 3-day weekends
+ more sit-down dinners with friends and family
+ more time to read

listening to...
+ "make 1, 2" arthur russell
+ "get happy" art tatum
+ "o leãozinho" jane birkin & caetano veloso
+ "magic in the air" badly drawn boy
+ "i dig rock and roll music" peter, paul & mary
+ "bustelo" ratatat
+ "all neon like" bjork
+ "maybe you can owe me" architecture in helsinki
+ "honeysuckle rose" django reinhardt
+ "the henney buggy band" sufjan stevens
+ "eu sou como voce é" lô borges
+ "i got a man" positive k
+ "far away from you" sachiko kanenobu
+ "we" the roches
+ "ODOO" fela kuti
+ "fratres" arvo pärt

escaping with...
+ "howards end" e.m. forster
+ star magazine
+ "the ethicist" nytimes magazine column
+ "beauty and the book"
+ "mah-jong: 1966-1976"
+ world of interiors
+ "modern love" nytimes sunday styles column

+ sleep-in (on the weekends, of course)
+ see view of city from train on the manhattan bridge

+ listen to
+ eat lunch
+ eat "nuts for nuts"

peruse an entire category of ebay

what are you looking forward to?
the new year

the future is...

the past is...
+ mom's and my step-dad's matching caprice classic station wagons
+ dad's record collection
+ grandma's attic
+ penny candy

your happiest accident...
+ ending up in such a large family and surviving
+ meeting my husband