We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Rubinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk for me is finding the balance between whats comfortable and doable vs challenging myself to take on projects and tasks that are ambitious and will force me to problem solve in new ways. I love working with new materials and learning as I go, Over the last 9 months, I’ve been working on my BFA Fashion Design thesis collection where I’ve explored the concept of dreams and bending reality. I employed techniques in my textile work and design process that I have never tried before, and challenged myself to avoid getting too attached to predetermined designs. I let the material guide me, and have been open to making changes all along the way. I found that not everything worked the way I thought it would in my 2D sketches, and it was necessary to let go of control a bit in order to be happy with the end result.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am inspired by authentic human connection, living life to the fullest, and celebrating the true colors of every person. I’ve always been interested in psychology, self-healing, and manifesting, and my fashion school education has helped me learn how to translate those abstract concepts into wearable art. There have definitely been many challenges along the way, from working with certain materials to doubting myself when my designs don’t come out how I expect them to. My passion for the process is definitely what has gotten me through, and I want to inspire others through my work to express their passions too 🙂
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’m a very pack-it-all-in type of traveler, and I love New York so much that I wouldn’t miss a single spot. I’m always looking for new rooftops, art installations, unique pop up experiences, and fashion to explore. I love to hang out in parks, and explore new areas away from tourist attractions. Bringing new friends to my favorite local spots is one of my favorite things to do!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Central St Martins! I did a 6-week summer intensive there, and I absolutely attribute my creative process and how I develop collections in my own style. They taught me how to research and come up with original ideas, and gave me a ton of tools that are now integral to my creative process.
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