Q: i tend to notice people's clothing... and I love your funky style. Do you have any favorite designers? Or, in the spirit of every great fashion mag, do you have any pics/ suggestions for **Elsie's Spring/ Summer Must-Haves**?
A: ooooooh. i like this one. Betsey Johnson! sigh.... she makes *so* many pretty things.
and her home is SO pink and lovely...
hmmmm... Spring *must haves*. I don't know if anyone else would even like this stuff, but this is what I am really into at the moment...
vintage sunglasses... i got these from etsy.
the whole nautical thing...
(these are also from etsy.)
denim dresses... especially thrift store ones....
unusually big hair...
(i love this girl's wardrobe diary. )
Q: Hi Elsie,Do you have any advice for a 14 year old girl who has a passion for drawing and goes everywhere with her sketchbook? She hopes to make art her career some day.
A: This is so wonderful!
I think the best thing you can do (at any age) is to give yourself *full* freedom to express new ideas and explore different styles and techniques as much as possible. Over the years I have gone through so many stages with my art... there were years of drawing comics, making my own clothes, redecorating my bedroom with a tent and clouds, writing stories, poetry, photography, building catholic inspired shrines, art journals ect..... each stage has proved to be helpful to my growth in some way. I think it is really important to nurture and develop your creative mind through whatever form you currently desire to. there should be freedom to change, grow and make lots of mistakes.
The most important piece of advice I would give to anyone hoping to make a career in art is that it takes an extreme amount of hard work and determination. You absolutely have to believe in what you do. You have to be patient. You have to work long hours. You have to continually find ways to stay fresh and inspired. It's tricky when what you love becomes your career... it's a dream, but it can also be very dangerous. I've found that it really helps me to have lots and lots of side projects going on that are "just for fun", these help me to stay inspired, develop new skills and protect my creative spirit.
Q: do you have any tattoos?
A: Yes :)
Q: Do you still like Gwen Stefani?
of course. how could i not?
Q: Do you have a steady boyfriend?
Q: You all looked so immaculate in the Red Velvet photoshoot, my question is; do you do your own hair and make-up? What products do you like to use?
A: Well, that was sweet! Here is the "secret weapon" for ridiculous hair...
Q: Do you know any good diaper bags?
A: i'm not a mom yet, but in my humble opinion, Oilily makes the cutest diaper bags everrrr!
Q: i'm so glad you decided to do another one of these...i have been dying to ask you about one picture i saw once. i think it used to be on your fridge. the one freeze motion of the girl jumping over the haystack. i want it, i need it.
A: That photo was taken by my lovely friend, Candice.
Q: What kind of paint are you using (on skin) in your photographs?
A: Acrylic paint... it's SO much fun!
Q: Are you a Christian?
A: Yes, I am. The truth is that I have more questions than answers and I have a *lot* to learn... that's all I can say about that.
Q: If you could steal a celebrity's wardrobe, who's would it be?
A:Hmmm. I think Maggie Gyllenhaal has really cute style...
Ok. I don't have a good answer for that question.
Q: this is more of a fun challenge than a question:
go "dress up" (clothes, hair, make-up . . . the works) as if you are from the 1940's or 50's (you choose) and then take some pics.
(and of course, share them! :)
A: Who could resist?
If i didn't get to your question, I am sorry... maybe next time? I better get some sleep because tomorrow is ArtsFest! Loveloveand loooove. elsie