We had the good fortune of connecting with Abraham Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abraham, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risks have often moved my creative endeavors in a different direction wether it be for better or for worse I’d rather move forward or backward than side to side. What I mean is that I don’t want to stay complacent and only work with one medium talk about one subject or recreate the same images or writing. As long as it’s honest it’s worth the risk to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Truthfully I never really planned to sell clothes. I have a deep love for screen printing and fabric works more as a canvas for me. To be frank I don’t really care about the idea of being a clothing brand either, I was just having fun and it was something that was set upon me but I do admit I got caught up in the excitement and embraced the title. The years passed and I had put the whole thing on the back burner due to inhibitions I set upon myself and through a long process I’ve had to come full circle to see if I wanted to keep pursuing art. But I don’t want to be a clothing brand I want to be a writer, a narrator of sorts.
I started with drawing. Once I go comfortable with it I began to paint, but these became so mundane after a while I was scared I would loose my spark and over time I did. But once I got tired of putting stories in people’s head through my imagery I wanted to but images in their heads using words and that’s where my creative fire came back. Combining writing, painting, screen printing, and photography (with aid of photographers that would help me) has been a very pretty experience. My work with Dead House has been an extremely collaborative endeavor as well, although I could technically do everything on my own I wouldn’t want to. There is so much talent I’ve gotten to see and people to learn from. Working with a range of talented people from make up artists to writers to photographers, models and designers I have garnered many relationships and true friends along the way. I would love to work with hair stylists and effects make up artists as well moving forward.
In closing this whole thing has been a truly beautiful experience. There has been so much loss and to a degree more loss than gain. A whole lot of heart ache and confusion. I’ve let go of a lot to get here but the back bone to my artistic career has always been the feeling that I need to expose myself. The need to be honest even when it’s embarrassing. Even if it’s a little shameful or hard to say because art has always been my outlet. Art has been my best and longest friend and in a way, my only companion along this weird, tiresome and rewarding endeavor.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would keep it pretty simple. Definitely go out for some wings and then I’d bring them over to my house for some drinks and I’d invite my close friends over. Going places is cool and all but to me and the people I surround myself there’s nothing better than a good conversation accompanied with drinks. Green house effect in Salt Lake City holds amazing open mic nights for people to preform poetry or music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dad taught me how to screen print when I was 14 and that’s where I learned about the printing side of fashion. There was also a kid in my jr high that saw one of my doodles and told me that if it was on a shirt he’d buy it so from then on I got the idea to print my art on fabric. So my father and that kid.
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