BoyGirlParty Artist Susie Ghahremani
June 6, 2016
Welcome to Episode 36 of Products of the Mind. On this episode, I speak with artist Susie Ghahremani.
“I remember most being afraid about the idea of living with other people…You spend a lot of time alone if you’re an artist because that’s what’s required to make things, you have to spend time alone. So the idea being around other people and so many people 24-hour days in a dorm context was terrifying to me.”
On today’s show I sit down with Susie Ghahremani, artist and owner of boygirlparty.com. Susie takes us back to her childhood as the introverted artistic kid and narrates her story up to her current life as an artist and small business owner.
We’ll hear about some of the struggles that may sound familiar to other artsy types: introversion, social awkwardness, and general struggles of growing up “in one’s own head.” We’ll also learn about what it’s like for an artist to be at art school, and how it might be harder than typical schools and programs.
Like many artists, Susie has a passion for music. Since both of us remember going to the store to buy an actual CD, we discuss how access to music has changed with technology, as well as Susie’s own musical experience touring on the road, and her love for travel.
We’ll also briefly get into the business side of the art world. Susie shares her concerns about the problem of intellectual property as it relates to art, and the struggle that artists go through with this ongoing problem. We won’t solve the problem of intellectual theft in this episode, but it is informative to get an artist’s insight on the subject.
Also on this episode: “noise” music, the Providence art-scene, travel, gender inequity in the music biz and much more.
Links and notable mentions from today’s episode:
- Susie’s Etsy
- Susy is @boygirlparty on Twitter
- @boygirlparty on Instagram
- Dame Darcy
- Daniel Clowes
- Giant Robot
Some samples of Susie’s work:
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Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi.
The illustration accompanying these show notes is by Susie Ghahremani.
The theme music for this episode was provided by Le Chateau. The track name is “Bury You.” Go buy it on Soundcloud!
This episode and these show notes © 2016 David Lizerbram