Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: What do fashion and style mean to you in terms of art?
Veronica Lynn Harper: Fashion is our reflection of personality — getting dressed is a form of art.
How long have you been designing? Do you work with other mediums?
I am a multidisciplinary artist with 15 years in the art and tech industries. I am a big picture thinker with a diverse background across traditional and digital media; painting, sculpture, fashion, interior design, digital media, 3D programs and interactive media such as VR and AR. I worked 11 years in the video game industry.
Tell us about your business.
I am an artist, dancer and fashion designer based in Seattle. I have a newly launched fashion line. I hand paint patterns to music; each design represents personality and energy. Some have called me Rorschach in full-color fashion. My shop just launched. I sold $25,000 at launch. I dress and work with many locals as well as international performers, also providing designer masks for hundreds of people. I also have over 70 patterns of designer masks available.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
Mother Earth Fine Art imagery is designed with nature photography, as well as traditionally hand-painted patterns while listening to various genres of musical tracks, then digitized for practical and digital objects. These fluid shapes are my artistic translation of auditory vibrations into graphic visual patterns. Each pattern holds emotions of music within it.
Tell us about where the inspiration for your styling/designs come from?
My visuals represent our human connection to the world through designs created with elements of psychology, sound and nature.
What fashion icons do you have/who inspired you when you were young?
There was no particular icon in fashion. My inspiration comes from my interest in the study and psychology of our human connection to nature, tech, art and objects. I'm fascinated by how subjects are relatable and drivable by auditory and visuals.
What experiences in your life have affected your design/business?
I was raised around the artistic heartbeat of New York City and Philadelphia. I later devoted eleven professional years to AAA studios such as Sony Computer Entertainment America and EA Electronic Arts. In the years following, I assisted in producing platforms of 100-30,000+ attendees at Envision Festival, Comic-Con, Sundance, Ted Talks, Lighting in a Bottle and Siggraph. I designed in-house workshops for Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, various universities and nonprofits for human rights, mental health and nature conservation companies of Southern California and the Midwest. In recent years I created custom textures for the fashion and interior design industry as a creative director and producer, overseeing domestic and international manufacturing teams from business development to concept incubation, asset production and customer product shipping. My collections are created alongside her manufacturing partners. VLH signature patterns live through 2D surfaces; textiles, fashion and wall art, 3D objects; architecture, sculptures and decor as well as full immersive digital worlds; VR virtual reality and AR augmented reality- XR technology.
If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
I am currently leading interactive augmented reality AR exhibitions featuring fine art and sculptures for placement in Museums, Hotels, and Airports as well as private collections across the globe. View more on this project here.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
No coffee, just water or juice.