Casey Saccomanno is a Women’s Wear fashion and print designer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BFA in fashion design at Philadelphia University in 2008. She most recently worked on designing the Nurture line sold at Dillard’s and is now focusing on print design opportunities. Casey’s designs are frequently inspired by traveling, music, nature, and living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She is an animal advocate and lives a vegan lifestyle, one day she dreams of owning a business and donating a portion of the proceeds to local animal sanctuaries.
1. What’s your medium of choice and what do you love about it?
Right now, watercolor is my medium of choice, I even like to combine it with mixed media such as metallics, salt, bleach, and india ink. I love painting and watercolor achieves a organic fluid appearance. I like that it is really unexpected how the watercolor will look once it dries- gives a really beautiful unique look.
2. What are you working on right now? What’s on your camera/desk/easel or in your studio?
I am working on a couple of print collections including a exciting project with an amazing company called Threaded Earth based in Australia. I am planning to post some fabric designs on Spoon Flower within the next few weeks. Right now my camera is full of photos of nature and photos of my neighborhood in Brooklyn- there are some murals and street art that lends great color inspiration for me.
3. What practices/activities are most valuable to your creative process?
I love to get out of my apartment and explore the local museums and botanical gardens for inspiration. I love to listen to a great playlist while working, music can really positively affect my creative mood.
I believe in this quote: “Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.” -Jonah Lehrer
4. What’s one thing you want to share with others about your art and/or process?
I relish in a handmade approach to design, nothing should be created by only looking at a computer screen. My sketch book and hand drawings bring life to my work.
5. What advice would you give to your young artist self?
I would challenge myself to live by the following mantra: to travel, sketch, create, experiment, and test boundaries. Sometimes when testing boundaries, it is important to remember that perfection is not achieved immediately and true skill needs to be nurtured and practiced.
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