Ashley and I have been friends for quite some time now. Our relationship solidified when I asked her to model a few times for my Road to Carnivale photoshoot/senior project at SCAD. Ashley has probably one of the most genuine senses of humor. She is constantly immersing herself in pop culture, historical and other interesting facts, and I have never had a dull moment being in her presence. Above all this, Ashley
loves…is completely obsessed with graphic design.
JJV: Who are you?
AR: I’m Ashley.
JJV: What is your ultimate passion?
AR: Scooting. Design.
Ashley has recently become a beer connoisseur/enthusiast and loves going to beer tastings and pubs with globally expansive beer menus.
JJV: What is your driving force?
AR: To grow. To be a better Ashley than I was yesterday.
JJV: What did you eat today?
JJV: Why are you doing what you’re doing?
AR: Because I love it! It’s not the craziest thing to say, but damn– it’s true.
JJV: If you aren’t doing design then what else would you be doing?
AR: Well, I don’t know because after being out of work so long, I can’t see myself doing anything else. I did other things but I hated it.
JJV: When do you get your best ideas?
AR: Right before I’m about to go to sleep. Sometimes it’s the worst, because I just wanna wake up and do it.
JJV: Are you proactive or reactive?
AR: Reactive. I’m reacting when I’m active.
JJV: What is the one thing you find yourself wearing the most?
AR: Black leggings– so versatile. That, and GOLD!
JJV: If you were to choose the year you were born, what year would it be? Why?
AR: Probably the year I was born, honestly. Black women today can do shit. When I look back at the romanticized version of it, it seems awesome, but in reality they would be like, “hey you, get back in the kitchen!”
JJV: What is your version of breakfast of champions?
AR: I usually don’t eat breakfast. But hmm…spaghetti!
JJV: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
AR: Simple and conceptual. If you stick with those two things, you’re more likely to produce a timeless design rather than a trendy one.
Here, Ashley is wearing a JJV exclusive Alfred Dunner secretary-style blouse. It has an awesome print of tassels, chains, and crests in grey on white with splashes of red. It has a secretary collar that ties at the neck. The size is 10 petite. This item will be online very soon. $24