We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Vescovi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, what role has risk played in your life or career?
We take dozens of risks each day- some are subconscious decisions while others have us baffled and fazed. Artists and designers are no stranger to the game, as risk plays a vital role in keeping art alive. Having previously trained under companies like Boston Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet for about fifteen years, there was a period of denial towards the end of my career. I was injured, miserable but worst of all, completely numb. Fatigued by the repetitive cycle of rigorous ballet training I became so deeply submerged in, I had arrived at a crossroads. Was it possible to wake up each day, excited and motivated by learning and creating? The act of changing my career path was a shot in the dark, but there would be lessons to gain if fate took a turn for the worst. The appetite for risk is the same in everyone, it could be triggered by the despair of monotonous routine, or put simply, a long anticipated need for change. When taking that leap of faith, it’s imperative to remember where you come from, how you define yourself and the hardships which strengthened you into the individual you are today. There may not be the solace of a backup plan, or the comfort of a safety net, but when you take that risk, it must be done with complete confidence. Trust that if you are to fall, you will have the strength and knowledge to pick yourself up and try again. As JFK so eloquently put it, “There are risks and costs to action, but they are far less than the risks of comfortable inaction.” Now receiving a BFA in fibers and surface illustration at SCAD while pursuing the role of Editor-in-Chief at Manor Magazine, I have developed into the happiest, most motivated version of myself. When there are bumps along the way, I am prompted by the growth obtained from pursuing the greatest challenge of my life. Risks are a reminder of vigor, courage and wisdom; no matter which challenges we face, we will emerge stronger than ever before.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Going into school, I declared a major in interior design, switching shortly after to SCAD’s fibers department. I always joke I should have the definition tattooed on my forehead because so many people have never heard of it! Fibers ranges from studies in weaving, embroidery, surface design, screen printing- anything within the realm of textiles. Fibers and surface illustration is an art form many often take for granted; my drapes, that tablecloth, your new favorite scarf or shirt- each tediously designed by textile artists from around the world. I’ve recently decided to concentrate my print and pattern collections on interior design and fashion. Inspiration stems from Scandinavian design and artists like Matisse and Bofill as a source of influence. The aim is to bring a sense of awe to a room or garment- think large scale wallpaper, colorful furniture upholstery, a funky bag or dress shirt. I would describe my prints as playful and eccentric; designed for the young at heart.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Caffeine: Alfred Coffee, situated in Melrose Place, Beverly Hills and Brentwood, is one of the most delicious, instagrammable coffee shops in the area. Each month, Alfred teams up with companies and designers to promote popular brands on their coffee sleeves, alongside scheduled popups and special events around LA. Food: I first tried The Butcher’s Daughter in NYC a few years ago, I find myself thinking about their burrata and pear dish pretty often. Their menu is plant-based with a sizable variety of vegan and gluten free options. From an artist’s perspective, their interior design scheme is as great as their food. Secret Getaway: The Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery hosts an array of brilliant exhibits, featuring artists like Tatsuo Kawaguchi, David Novros and James Turrell. It’s a great location to get re-inspired, as well as escape the craze of daily life.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A special thanks to my colleagues for ceaseless encouragement, my parents for their unwavering confidence and my former ballet instructors who’ve pushed me to find the deeper value within myself. Additional gratitude to Paula Wallace for founding such an inspiring school and to VoyageLA for providing a platform to share my story with you.
Portrait by Laura Vescovi Product Images by Anna Vescovi