Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.
This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Naples and Kristen Giorgi, the brilliant sister team behind NG Collective Studio. Though they work separately and from different states, it is their cohesive look and aesthetic that defines their signature style. They describe NG Collective Studio as the embodiment of their creative conversation, in which they employ color, stroke, layering and varied use of media in abstract style.
How long would you say you have been a professional artist?
K: Two years professionally.
L: Also two years (we started this “project” together!).
How is it creating art collaboratively?
K: Its so neat. We have a truly unique process. However, sometimes we don’t even need to talk – there have been weeks that we create works that are perfectly complimentary in color and feel and we hadn’t even discussed it. Sort of an ESP sister thing.
L: The collaborative element of our process motivates me. When I feel I’m lagging, I look to Kristen’s work or advice for inspiration and guidance. When I feel like my ideas are getting somewhere in my work, Kristen is the biggest supporter.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
K: To believe in it. Not everyone is going to love it. If you do, then it will show through.
L: Just keep working. The mere act of creating will always get you somewhere, eventually. (Advice loosely adapted from Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit.)
How would you describe your creative process?
K: Mine is very loose. I usually do some warm-ups before I really start getting into something. I will work on some small sheets of paper playing with color and shape and then sometimes those end up being a piece that I sell. I think when you’re not thinking about it too much, magic happens.
L: Mine is almost opposite. I like to plan things out; I almost always begin with a plan. Not everything goes according to the plan, and sometimes I end up getting inspired by a direction I never saw coming. It’s exciting when that happens and I’m always open to it. Our collaborative works are a combination of the two processes. We plan a little, then take turns making suggestions and marks, changing course if the work starts to dictate that. We’ll hang it up and critique, and repeat till we both feel it’s complete.
What is your favorite medium to work in and why?
K: Most recently I am loving water soluble oil paints. They create the perfect “bleed” into paper and give such an ethereal, smokey feel when you apply water to them.
L: Lately I’m interested in the freedom of collage, which allows me to test lots of different directions. I also love the reductive nature of cropping a larger piece into a tighter composition.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
K: Being featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Domino Magazine. It was a true pinch me moment.
L: The same!
How long does it typically take to create one piece?
K: It depends. Sometimes the most simple works are the most compelling and can only take a few hours. Others require more detail and intensity – can take multiple weeks and hours, but always spaced out. I usually have to spend 20 mins here and there – think about it and come back.
L: I agree, it’s always different. Sometimes I will literally haul an unfinished piece around for weeks and spend time just looking at it before determining a next move. For me, a lot of the process comes from looking and thinking.
How would you describe your signature style?
K: Feminine with a side of edge. I LOVE light muted colors and sometimes brights, but always have to throw in some black or moodiness.
L: It’s hard for me to describe. Someone else once described our work as having a “peaceful energy”, which I thought was astute. It’s a reflection of what we gravitate toward and what moves us, but arranged in a manner that is our own interpretation.
Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
K: Mine usually comes from fashion or travels.
L: Ballet. The colors (pale blush, black), the movement and rhythm, the nuance, the severe control and the letting go.
What do you think sets your work apart from other designers?
K: I usually paint with a purpose. I like to envision the room the piece will go in. I think this comes from having a designer eye.
L: I like to think that there is a sense of our relationship in our work. We do influence the other and whether it’s noticeable or not, we know it’s there and that sets it apart for me.
NG Collective Studio
Laura Naples & Kristen Grorgi
No. 1 NG Collective Studio – Korthos Pillow Cover – $85.00
No. 2 CB2 – Leisure Blush 23″ Pillow – $49.95
No. 3 Jimmy Choo – Trinny Leather Pumps – $793.68
No. 4 Compartes – Premium Chocolate Bars – $9.95
No. 5 CB2 – Intermix Blue-Green Plate – $5.99
No. 6 Black Rooster Décor – Marble Boxes – $1,049.00
No. 7 Heirloom & Knot – Neapolitan Stripe Wallpaper – $60.00
No. 8 Urban Outfitters – Printed Tin Candle – $8.00
No. 9 Gramercy & Co. – Rablabs Emerald Quartz Kiva Platter with Silver Trim – $420.00
No. 10 Clinique – Long Last Lipstick Soft Matte – $19.00
No. 11 ASOS – New Look Panelled Libby – $54.16
NG Collective Studio has been on my radar for a while because I love how their layered abstract pieces are one giant happy graphic and feminine love ball. Their works are layered and powerful but still soft and quite. Bold without trying to hard. Really it’s like they’ve somehow been able to get in my design head and create paintings that reflect my aesthetic to a T. Oh and thee way NG uses colour…nothing short of brilliant.
My top 5 pieces as of this minute…
Their nudes especially, are perfection in my books. I want all of them.
As portfolio, NG Collective showcases work that instantly makes any room more dynamic and sophisticated…
Pretty with a super great hit of modern edge.