From The Desk Of: Amy Von Harrington

Jun 02, 2016

We first met Amy back in New York, where she was working as an artist and DJ. Fast forward almost a decade and Amy, who also relocated to LA, still lives and breathes her daily art practice. There's nothing we admire more than resolve, and Amy has made certain that her art career not only sustains her but also inspires her. We sat down with Amy to learn just how she creates her unique brand of weirdness that we love so.

What’s on your desk?

Three calendars, pad of paper, pens, and computer

Fill in the blank: "I don't show up at a meeting without _________."


What's on your reading list?

The dictionary and the books I bought at the LA Art Book Fair

I'd write to... / I would love to get a letter from...

Satan / Elvira

Would try once... / No, thanks....

Every type of fruit / meat

I'd pay good money for... / Wouldn't take even if free...

A massive salt lamp / Ted Cruz

_____ always inspires / ______ totally sucks

Humor / The smell of gas

I'm early for... / I'm late for...

Coffee / Rush hour

I'm getting better at... / I'm getting worse at...

Being quiet / Listening

Describe your personal aesthetic in three words:

Fun, ridiculous, hopeful

Describe the creative space at your company:

Finally organized

How does one tap into their creative side?

Energetically.  Waking up and seeing creativity everywhere

What’s the motto/life philosophy/advice you live by?

Smile and wave into it

What is your favorite aspect of the job you do?

Freelance is challenging

The paper product I can’t live without is ____ and I use it to _____.

Sticky notes / add color to things

What career moves and/or aspirations brought you to your current role?

Loving creativity more than money

Share an insight on your life or life in general that you’ve discovered:

Choosing vision over validation is wild

When do you feel like you’re at your best?

When i'm laughing

What is a quote that inspires you:

As queer as a three dollar bill

How does your brand convey its unique personality?

By practicing/posting daily

Branding is __________.


Because of my experience doing __________, I tend to pay more attention than most people do to __________.

Video editing / nuance

Describe a typical day at work:

Coffee, dog walk, collaging, editing, phone calls, dinner with girlfriend, dream

What is the best professional lesson you’ve ever learned?

Be diplomatic

What are the most exciting developments in your industry?

Accessible software

What do you love about what your company brings to its clients?

A good time

How do you start and/or end your day?

With the Vengabus or Muppet Babies song in my head

The vice you’ll never give up is __________.


What is the best advice you’ve received recently?

Ask for help and learn to receive it

Tell us about your latest printed project:

I have made a tarot and oracle deck and next I want to make a lotería deck

What was the inspiration behind this project?

I love handling objects

What brought you to Paper Chase Press?

They make super rad work and are excellent people

How often do you use printed goods to promote your business?


What's the response like to these printed goods?

People want tangible art and it gives it more space to exist

How does this project fit into your design philosophy? Your branding? Your overall objectives?

Art for the working person

make your own

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