Grab a Drink with Andrea Smith
I met Andrea last December as we were preparing to open The Break store. She was recommended to me by a mutual friend as an amazing artist who may be willing to illustrate our windows. Despite having just gotten over the flu, she showed up with saltines and seltzer and proceeded to blow my mind with her artistic ability and lovable energy. That day, Andrea was inducted into the Breakbabe hall of fame. Since then, I've discovered that she is not only incredibly dedicated to her craft, she's also genuinely kind, fun-loving, easy-going and totally inspiring.
Andrea has an interesting duality about her - she is soft spoken and strikingly beautiful, compassionate and strong... she seems to float through life and yet remains totally grounded. Needless to say, we will be lucky to continue collaborating with this excellent human. Read on to learn more about our friend, Andrea Smith!
Name: Andrea Smith
Horoscope: Virgo, but I'm not really sure if I feel like one. I was born a week early, so I feel like I should have been an artistic libra. I definitely don't put business over friends and family, but If someone crosses me I'm done with them and that's kind of a virgo thing.
How do you take your coffee?
I'm actually not that much of a coffee drinker, I eat a lot of chocolate, though. I'll sometimes take an iced coffee with almond milk.
What are you thinking about right now?
I have a mosquito bite on my ankle.
What's the strangest thing in your room?
I have these white baby onesies because I'm embroidering a gift for my friend who just gave birth.
What makes you feel the happiest?
Being at the airport about to board a flight. Also having a day off in NYC.
Where/When do you feel most inspired?
Anytime I don't have my pen and sketchbook with me! Sometimes I feel like I can't catch it fast enough and properly receive the inspiration. I'm usually inspired at a museum or when I'm about to go to sleep or while talking to friends about an idea. Generally past my bedtime, or early mornings if I treat them right. I like to wake up early and stay up late.
How often do you sketch?
Every day. People say that everything in my sketchbook looks like a finished drawing. I've never been a sketchy person. I'm always taking photos on the train that I shouldn't so I can draw them later.
What's your favorite brand of sketchbooks/pens/materials/etc.?
Moleskine notebooks and micron pens. I prefer oil and acrylic paints, but I haven't painted in awhile because of the lack of space here in NY. I've been using watercolor and gouache because it dries faster. I'm so envious of popular artists who use acrylic and oil because I just don't have the space for it in my apartment. I also embroider and recently started touching clay but haven't made anything yet. I hope to further my artistic endeavors to be able to pursue and share my paintings. Most people don't know I'm a painter. I have a BFA from the University of Minnesota with a focus on illustration and a minor in design.
Who are your favorite artists right now?
In a time before Instagram, I'd absorbed Quentin Blake and Shel Silverstein's illustrations and will always love Matisse. But I love the following artists - Joana Avillez @joanaavillez, Ana Kräs @teget, and Joey Yu @itsjoeyyu.
What is your favorite museum/gallery?
All the visions of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters and The Bruer.
Best Place to get art supplies in NYC?
Mister Wonton in Park Slope. All the takeout comes in paper products! The restaurant is empty and comforting. I love the mixed seafood and vegetable stir fry, crab rangoon, and the spring rolls. I also love Lovely day on Elizabeth st. in Nolita. Their pad thai is so good. I also make my own quiche sometimes! Sometimes I make it so often that I get sick of it. I make it with green beans, goat cheese, and spinach. I make my own crust and cook them in a muffin tin so I can have them throughout the week.
Subway or Uber?
Subway! I don't even have Uber, I deleted it. I have Lyft.
Favorite park in NYC?
Prospect Park and Elizabeth st. Garden.
Best place to makeout?
The beach (Far Rockaway or the Hamptons). Also any street corner in NYC.
Most memorable fashion experience?
I studied in Italy and Italians will look you up and down and judge you on your shoes. I passed every time because I was wearing Doc Martens--it was under the radar. I love that in New York you can blend in even if you're wearing a halloween costume or Adidas.