Could you introduce yourself?
Hi! I'm Rachel Lynch. I curate the blog "I Hate Blonde" and I'm also the fashion editor of NAKID Magazine.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I believe in creativity through discipline and spirituality through experience. I try to live my life accordingly. Close to my God and constantly learning and moving so that I can create more. I'm an avid distance runner and reader of books. I get inspiration when I run or read.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the art industry?
I like to think I'm a little less commercial than most. I genuinely don't want to sell anyone anything, I'd rather inspire you. I like to use my images and words to get people ready to live their most creative life.
How would you describe your style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
My style is super sexy and romantic, yet edgy. I think that perfectly defines who I am as a person. I'm very feminine but it's inside this very hard rock n roll shell.
How do you feel your environment has shaped who you are as a creative individual? Mind telling us about some of your favorite elements you surround yourself with?
I live in New York City, so I'm constantly moving. The speed of New York inspires me to always keep doing more. My apartment is in Soho with tons of natural light. My kitchen is teal and there's Bowie photos and vintage gold mirrors on my wall. I'm lucky enough to have a partner who is incredible at interior design and is able to bring my dream world to life.
But honestly I could be who I am anywhere, surroundings are important, but it's who we are inside. I feel like I'm very simple when it comes down to it - I practice non-attachment and am constantly purging my work space of unnecessary things.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Know who you are through doing what you love. If you're feeling jealous or drained by looking at other artists or things on Instagram then just stop looking. Everything you need is inside you. Read "Letters to a Young Poet," read anything you can get your hands on that interests you. Marianne Williamson said, "We can have in life whatever we are willing to be. For ultimately being and having are the same. When we grant ourselves the emotional permission to live in the life we want, there is little in the world that can stop us."
If you had to choose any music album that captures the emotion of your work, what would it be and why?
Probably "Turn on the Bright Lights" by Interpol. I first heard that album when I was fifteen and just coming into my own as an artist. From "obstacle 1" to "Stella was a diver and she's always down" - it captures the high highs and low lows of NYC for me. It's like underground but on top of the world, living and dying in New York to me.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I'll listen to some of my favorite spiritual teachers or speakers - Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson or Eric Thomas. Or I'll listen to music and go on a run. When I get my body moving, my ideas start moving.
What’s a typical day for you?
Usually wake up, get coffee and yogurt. Listen to music/ or a spiritual teacher and blog/ do emails. Then I'll either have a photoshoot or go for a long run along the water. At night I'm either having dinner with my boo, or out with friends seeing live music or sipping champagne in dive bars.
Coffee or tea?
OMG COFFEE R U SERIOUS!
What are some of your goals for 2017?
I'd like to expand my following on instagram, model for playboy, run 20 miles at one time.
What makes you happy?
My Dad and just knowing how loved I am.
Any closing comments?
"Since limited thinking comes producing limited results, supporting others in believing in themselves will move the world forward."