QUINNE MASON

08/01/2018

"I GUESS IT DEFINITELY DEPENDS ON WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS YOU’RE TRYING TO START, BUT IT CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING! I DO EVERYTHING MYSELF WHICH CAN BE DIFFICULT AND DISCOURAGING AT TIMES, BUT IT’S TAUGHT ME SO MANY GREAT SKILLS. THE CONTENT CREATION PART OF MY JOB IS EASY AND FUN FOR ME, BUT AS SOMEONE WITH NO BACKGROUND IN THE MANAGEMENT OR FINANCIAL SIDE OF RUNNING A BUSINESS, IT’S BEEN A LEARNING EXPERIENCE, BUT ONE THAT I HIGHLY VALUE FOR ALL OF THE INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-RELIANCE IT’S GIVEN ME. SOCIAL MEDIA IS BY FAR MY BIGGEST ASSET FOR GROWING MY WORK AND COMMUNITY. "

QUINNIE MASON IS A SELF TAUGHT COLLAGE ARTIST AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER BASED IN LOS ANGELES. BEFORE MAKING COLLAGE DESIGN HER FULL TIME JOB SHE STUDIED FILM AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY.

INSPIRED BY CELEBRITY AND POP CULTURE SHE CREATES POWERFUL AND FUN COLLAGES WITH A STRONG THEME OF FEMALE EMPOWERMENT. AS WELL AS CREATING COLLAGES FOR CLIENTS SHE ALSO DESIGNS SNAPCHAT FILTER FOR PRIVATE EVENTS FOR BRANDS SUCH AS DIOR. MASON GATHERS INSPIRATION FROM HER TRAVELS WHICH SHE INCORPORATES THE COLOURS, PATTERNS AND IMAGERY INTO HER COLLAGES, SHE ALSO SOURCES INSPIRATION FROM EVERYDAY THINGS SUCH AS MAGAZINES, SOCIAL MEDIA AND EXHIBITIONS.

(Q&A WITH LA'S HOTTEST COLLAGE ARTIST)

HOW DID YOU GET INTO COLLAGING, DID YOU KNOW IT WAS WHAT YOU WANTED TO PURSUE?

 

I USED TO MAKE A LOT OF CUT AND PASTE ANALOG COLLAGES WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. THEN I TOOK A PRINT MAKING CLASS AT UNIVERSITY WHICH INSPIRED ME TO GET BACK INTO IT. NOT REALLY, I KNEW I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING CREATIVE, BUT I WASN'T;T ENTIRELY SURE WHAT I WANTED THAT TO BE. I HAD PHASES OF WANTING TO BE AN ACTOR, TV PRODUCER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND JOURNALIST.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE, IS YOUR PERSONALITY REFLECTED INTO YOUR COLLAGE?

 

I AM DEFINITELY A MINIMALIST, I'M OBSESSED WITH TEXTURE AND MONOCHROMATIC COLOUR PALETTES. I FULLY BELIEVE IN AND GENUINELY ENJOY EACH PROJECT THAT I WORK ON ALL PROJECTS AND COLLABORATIONS I WORK ON ARE AUTHENTICALLY MY STYLE AND PERSONALITY.

 

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY AND DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR GIRLS TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY?

 

I LOVE THE INNATE FREEDOM THAT COMES WITH THE CREATIVITY AND IMAGINING NEW IDEA'S. ABSOLUTELY, IT'S IMPORTANT IN ANY INDUSTRY THAT WOMEN STICK TOGETHER AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER. WE NEED MORE FEMALE PERSPECTIVES AND CREATIVE NARRATIVES REPRESENTED IN THE INDUSTRY.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLLAGE YOU HAVE PRODUCED AND HAS THERE BEEN A DEFINING MONET IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

 

THATS REALLY TOUGH! MAYBE MY VINTAGE FLOWER COLLAGE OF KELSEY WHITE? I LOVE THE SIMPLICITY OF IT AND IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST COLLAGES IN MY VINTAGE FLOWER SERIES THAT GOT ATTENTION. COLLABORATING WITH DIOR AND SEEING MY ARTWORK ON THEIR INSTAGRAM WAS SUPER COOL MOMENT FOR ME.

DO YOU THINK A DEGREE IS NECESSARY IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY?

 

I THINK FOR CERTAIN OTHER INDUSTRIES IT IS MORE NECESSARY THAN OTHERS.  I THINK A DEGREE STREAMLINES THE PROCESS OF BREAKING INTO A CREATIVE FIELD AND GIVES YOU A TITLE OF CREDIBILITY AND OPENS DOORS. AT THE SAME TIME, SOMEONE DIRECTLY OUT OF UNIVERSITY DOESN'T HAVE "REAL WORLD" EXPERIENCE SO THEY STILL NEED TO PUT IN A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT. IN A CREATIVE POSITION, YOUR EXPERIENCE AND WORK ARE YOUR GREATEST ASSESTS- WHETHER THEY STEMMED FROM A DEGREE OR NOT.

 

 

WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM WHEN DESIGNING, DO YOU EVER TRAVEL FOR INSPIRATION?

 

I LOVE LOOKING THROUGH OLD MAGAZINES AND VINTAGE POSTCARDS FOR INSPIRATION. SOMETIMES I'M IMMEDIATELY INSPIRED BY A CENTRAL IMAGE FOR A COLLAGE AND OTHER TIMES I'LL HAVE TO SPEND TIME LOOKING FOR MATCHING PIECES AND INSPIRATION. I'M ALSO ENDLESSLY INSPIRED BY MOVIES AND MUSIC, I'M CONSTANTLY CONSUMING MEDIA ON MY PHONE, COMPUTER AND TV. ABSOLUTELY, I LOVE TRAVELING! I WAS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA FOR SEVERAL MONTHS EARLIER THIS YEAR AND USED A LOT OF COLOURS, PATTERNS AND FOLIAGE I SAW FOR COLLAGES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES THROUGHOUT YOU CAREER SO FAR, IF YOU WEREN'T DOING THIS WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'D BE DOING?

 

COLLABORATING WITH COOL BRANDS AND OTHER ARTISTS HAS BEEN MOST FUN, INSPIRING AND EXCITING TO ME. I'M REALLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE NEW OPPORTUNISTS THAT HAVE ARISEN FROM THIS LINE OF WORK. COLLABORATING WITH COOL BRANDS AND OTHER ARTISTS HAS BEEN MOST FUN, INSPIRING AND EXCITING TO ME. I'M REALLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE NEW OPPORTUNISTS THAT HAVE ARISEN FROM THIS LINE OF WORK.

 

 

IN 10 YEARS WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU WILL BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE ACHIEVED?

 

THATS A GREAT QUESTION! I HONESTLY HAVE NO IDEA! A YEAR AGO I WOULD GAVE NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE DOING THIS NOW, SO I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE WHAT 10 YEARS TIME WILL BRING. I HOPE THAT IN 10 YEARS I WILL STILL BE CREATING SOME SORT OF ART WHICH BRINGS ME JOY AND OPEN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

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