We had the good fortune of connecting with Halsey Chaplin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Halsey, what do you attribute your success to?
Collaborating with other artists and friends sharing my work has brought the most success to GREENS.
When I reach out to an artist (or they reach out to me) to work together on a collaboration / realizing we both equally admire each others work is so motivating to me and such a boost of confidence to continue making. One of my favorite pastimes is brain storming! I love putting two minds together with all their different perspectives, memories, and ways of doing things together and seeing what comes out. Not only have these collaborations connected me to people/ created friendships with other artists near and far but also I’ve been able to design/ create things through collaborating that are outside of my skill set. For example a few of my designs became hand-tufted rugs by artist Madeline Tavernier based in Philadelphia. Though we’ve never been together IRL we are cross-country best friends that met because we wanted to fuse our art and styles! It’s so fun 🙂 Any exposure and outreach GREENS can get is worth more to me than the profits from collaborating. When friends/ customers/ other brands support me and share their love of GREENS or them wearing or displaying my art it really helps. More eyes on GREENS the more successful it is and collaborating has led me to more collaborating and sharing has led to more support. I’m so grateful and just kinda amazed every time that other people value my ideas/ work/ creations and want to work with me in continuing it. In times I feel like “why bother” I remember I have on my to-do list to get a collection together to work with somebody or someone I love is wearing a shirt I made today and feeling cool and that’s really just been my dream since the start.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
GREENS is inspired by nostalgia, the magic in the mundane, advertising, food, and all things diy. I dabble in everything including paintings/ wall art, custom clothing, knitting, weird earrings, digital art, tiny clay sculptures (including an entirely handmade chess set featuring clay pieces that are bongs, ash trays, smiley faces, lips, globes, and crescent moons), soft sculpture painted “pillows.” Perhaps most well known for making airbrush T-shirts and weird socks: “Froot Loop” socks (with tiny hair ties sewn all over) and Button socks (each with a collection of random buttons sewn all over.) I’ve done a few exclusive runs of button socks in collaboration with Zig Zag Goods @zigzag.goods that they hand-dyed. Though I am obsessed with clothing and love it as a canvas I am most proud of my big paintings on canvas and I am most looking forward to creating more work similar (wall hanging and sculptures)
Deciding to start GREENS and creating art/ being a brand all by myself has been full of lessons. I’ve learned a lot about not judging the work I create and all the tiny traps your brain can set up to keep you from creating. Though I’ve experienced a lot of personal painful life experiences since GREENS began it has always been an escape for me creating, painting, and been an outlet for my feelings, memories, and experiences whether its obvious to viewers or not.
I would like GREENS to also be an outlet for other people, also. I can make a lot of silly things but some are secretly serious. I would like people to feel seen by my creations and use it as a way to connect to others.
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.
If I had a best friend visiting and we wanted to have the best week ever? We would probably spend a lot of time at my new place hanging out on the roof, hanging out with my neighbors and their chickens, playing board games and listening to music.. that is the ultimate good time to me. I also have these ideas for us though too.
to eat- wax paper sandwiches, burgerlords tahini milkshake is a must, courage bagels if they can wake up early enough to be the first ones there, there’s a most magic Thai dessert shop Bhan Kanom that would be fun to take friends for a night time snack run.
to drink- its all about the morning coffee for me- Maru coffee for the espresso Bon Bon, Thank you coffee for the Your Welcome Latte, Full Service coffee’s Spanish latte, Tierra Mia is great!
to do- go hiking, pic nic @ a park, beach, any Mountain View… I’m from Florida where there aren’t any hills let alone mountains so I’m always in awe of any Mountain View/ vantage point/ view of the city, go support some vendors/ artist-friends at a pop-up or flea market
St. J Cyber Cafe @stjla is my recommendation for a go-to cool spot to check out art/ grab a coffee/ support local makers.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so inspired by the people I’ve had the opportunity to create with in the past, have something in the works, or have talked about it, and also just the entire custom clothing/ diy/ small-business / handmade/ vintage/ non-waste/ upcycling/ art community! So grateful for the opportunities friends have given me, shared with me, recommended me for. Zig Zag Goods @zigzag.goods, LiFER @lifershop, GOOD SPORT @good._.sport, Anti Couture @anticouture_clothing, Sara Moran @lifeofafunkygirl, Madeline Tavernier @ms.mistint, Need Things @needthingsseattle, Not for Reproduction @notforreproduction, Poor Baby Fashion @poorbabyfashion, Sneezy @sneezywear, Lee Caroline Mackey @leecarolinemackey, Henny D @henrikdelatorre, Stephanie Agudelo @sagudelo0357, and everyone that’s ever supported GREENS (I love you)
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