I sometimes hear people in our community lament the decline of traditional business and manufacturing jobs in this area while discounting the recognition and prestige that Kingston is garnering as an ‘artist friendly’ town. The arts are infused into almost everything we do, and there is a ‘business’ of art that goes beyond creating paintings and sculptures to be sold in art galleries. Whether it is in advertising, architecture, interior design, all forms of entertainment, fashion, or many other aspects of business, the arts play a major role. This week’s Doer and Dreamer, Carla Rozman, transcends the ‘art for business’ realm to the world of ‘art as a business’. Not only do the designs that she creates for business come from her own personal inspiration, but she is now presenting her own work to the public. “Faces” – Mixed Media Paintings by Carla Rozman, her first solo show, can be seen at Cornell St. Studios on May 14 from 5-8PM.
Your name: Carla Rozman
Business or organization: Carla Rozman Graphic Design
Occupation: Graphic Designer, Artist
What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?
It’s my goal to make graphic design and visual art that come from a place of real inspiration. Graphic design and fine art are highly connected, so I approach branding/logo design as I would a painting. My best logos are created when I have an artistic impulse, and am inspired by the piece I’m designing.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Rhinebeck, NY, and lived there until I was 4, then moved to Red Hook for the rest of my childhood years.
What brought you to the Kingston area and keeps you in this area?
I ended up in Kingston after living in various towns around Hudson Valley and beyond. I like Kingston because it’s a small, walkable city, especially Uptown, and I have a great office and apartment that are within walking distance of each other.
What is your favorite hangout in this area and why?
Outdated Cafe, Stockade Tavern, Yum Yum Noodle Bar, my backyard.
When you’re not in Kingston, what’s your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why?
A fun city or neighborhood with lots of culture, art, and great food. Beautiful houses, unique design, and nice and/or smart people.
Tell us something that we never would have guessed about you.
I love speaking in public. But you probably already knew that. < smile emoticon>