Meet Adria, an artist from St. Pete Beach, Florida who is featured in our Spring Break 2014 campaign. You may remember Adria from our Spring 2014 campaign as well as Episode 2 of Project Live Your Life: San Francisco, where she helped design a T-shirt to be produced and sold by American Eagle Outfitters. Read on to learn more about her.
How does it feel to be back for another AEO photo shoot?
To come back for another shoot is definitely a blessing. Knowing that more memories will be made with people that I have formed bonds with makes me smile. I’m so thankful to have been given these amazing opportunities and can only hope that there is more to come in the future.
What are some of the challenges and emotions that you have faced while being a part of Project Live Your Life? Was it a lot of pressure designing a T-shirt for us?
One of the biggest challenges I faced while being a part of Project Live Your Life was getting past being shy. Everyone has a blast just being their crazy selves, so it’s nice to know that you can let go and be yourself without feeling judged. In the designing aspect, I would say that it was stressful feeling like I had to conform my art to fit what I thought the brand was about. However, when I realized that they still wanted me to show myself through my designs it was a freeing and relieving feeling.
Is this your first time in Miami? How does this city differ from your home town?
This was my first REAL trip to Miami. The other times I’ve been in Miami were for only a day or so. St. Pete Beach is such a chill relaxed beach town, whereas Miami is full of life and color.
What do you heart about your city of St. Pete Beach, FL?
I heart going to the beach where I can forget all my worries and have fun with friends and family.
What inspires you to draw?
I never really thought about what inspires me to draw. It sounds weird saying it, but I think my drawings are sparked from a feeling. Whether it’s a song I hear, or a person I meet, something about that moment makes me want to pick up a pen and create.
What has been the most challenging piece of art that you’ve created?
Every drawing is a challenge. If I’m not pushing myself in each piece, what’s the point? I think that challenging yourself helps you get to where you want to be.
How do you feel when you’re doing art?
To explain how I feel when I draw is like asking someone to explain what love is. When I draw, I lose myself. I can escape reality, and run away with each stroke of the pen. Knowing that I can create something amazing while doing something I love is a feeling unparalleled.
We’ve heard you want to travel and do unexpected things. Where do you want to travel first?
I’m a strong believer in thinking that you learn the most through travel and experience. I would love to go somewhere in Europe. The culture, history and food… it would be a dream destination!
What is your process when staring at a blank canvas?
I think the first thing I would do when staring at a blank canvas is find an emotion. Finding an emotional connection between you and what you want to draw makes it all the more real. I also prefer to use only black and white in my drawings. I feel like using color is cheating. When you look at certain colors, your emotions change. I want people to find their own emotion in my drawings and not be influenced by an outside force.
What makes you real?
You can’t live your life dependent on what others think of you. If you want to be happy, be happy. If you want to do something, do it for yourself and not because someone told you to. I think being myself, as well as doing what I love and doing it for the right reasons, is what makes me real.
Who or what empowers you to take on the day?
The fact that I have full control over who I become and where I go in life empowers me to take on the day.