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Where does Kendra Dandy find inspiration? (Full interview)

Sock It to Me presents Artist Collaborations. Fresh and stylish new looks designed by artists Ryan Bubnis and Bouffants & Broken Hearts.

Kendra Dandy, the artist behind Bouffants & Broken Hearts, was kind enough to answer some questions for us, about where she gets her inspiration, designing for different kinds of apparel, and much more.

Sock It to Me: How would you describe your artistic style? Where does your inspiration come from?

Kendra Dandy: My style is fun and colorful. Vintage is one big source of inspiration. I love the funky patterns and color from the 60s. Beauty and fashion are some others. And nature and fruit. Fruit is one of my favorite things to draw. There are so many ways you can draw an orange. Whole or sliced. With or without leaves. I like to say that nature is the best designer and it’s true.

SITM: How should people feel when they’re wearing your SITM designs?

KD: Happy.

SITM: What’s the biggest difference between making art for a sock versus making art for other kinds of apparel?

KD: For me there isn’t much of a difference that I’ve noticed. It’s the same process of trying to come up with ideas that inspire me and put them down in my sketchbook. As the designer you have to trust your instincts, whether it’s for socks or a t-shirt or something else.

SITM: How do you overcome self-doubt and stay focused on your goals?

KD: I’ve chosen to make this my career so I have no choice but to overcome it. It’s uncomfortable but it’s normal. I just try remember my successes and remind myself that I enjoy art.

SITM: Why do you think you and SITM make such a great pair?

KD: Sock It to Me loves to collaborate and so do I. I’ve worked with them in the past. And because fun designs look great on socks!

See more from Kendra at theebouffants.com or follow her on Instagram @theebouffants.

How does Ryan Bubnis squash self-doubt? (Full interview)

Sock It to Me presents Artist Collaborations. Fresh and stylish new looks designed by artists Ryan Bubnis and Bouffants & Broken Hearts.

Ryan Bubnis answered some questions for us, about the differences between making art for a sock versus a mural, how he stays focused on his goals, and a whole lot more.

Sock It to Me: How would you describe your style? What inspires you?

Ryan Bubnis: My work is fun, playful, flat, graphic and deceptively simple. Some sources of inspiration for me have always been nature, skateboarding, music. And of course, hanging out with friends and family, and checking out the latest work by other image makers.

SITM: How should people feel when they wear your socks?

RB: I hope that people feel good, positive and optimistic when wearing them. Connection is a big reoccurring theme in my work. I love the idea that someone would connect enough with my work to wear my images on their feet.

SITM: What’s the biggest difference between creating art for a mural versus creating it for a sock?

RB: Working on a large-scale mural is very physical. Your whole body is involved in the process. Working on a smaller scale or designing graphics for something like socks, the execution of imagery is mostly done with your arm, wrist and hands. It’s a different kind of motor control. There’s also a concern about readability when working between these two extremes. A detailed image might work well on a wall, might not work when shrunken down…

SITM: How do you overcome self-doubt and remain focused on your goals?

RB: There are times when thoughts of self-doubt creep in. There is a certain amount of vulnerability that goes along with being an independent artist. It’s encouraging to hear that some of the most accomplished people struggle with these very same issues. I try my best to remain optimistic and use the adversity as motivation to keep pushing.

SITM: Why do you think you and SITM make such a great match?

RB: I’ve been a fan of Sock It to Me for some time. A few of my illustrator friends have worked with them. I think what it comes down to is that the designs are fun, playful, accessible and inclusive and those qualities are very much in line with my own.

Check out more of Ryan’s work at his website, ryanbubnis.com and get yourself a pair of his socks today!

Forbes: August 2017

Forbes wrote an article about Sock It to Me titled, “How Online Sock Seller Sock It to Me Got Serious And Quadrupled It Sales” based on an interview with our owner and CEO, Carrie & Michelle.

This article takes you from the origin of Sock It to Me, through 13 years of growth and change.

“The way we do things is very optimistic and inclusive, and we see that mirrored back to us every day in the response from our customers: they feel understood, they feel valued, and they spread that to others.” -Carrie Atkinson

Read the full article here.

Sock-o-phile! + Contest Winner Announced!

Can you see us smiling?  We were thrilled to read all of your comments about how much you LOVE summer (and socks too)! Speaking of which, we are psyched to debut a new topic on our blog. It’s called Sock-o-phile! In these posts we’re going to highlight Sock It To Me sock fans just like you!

Our first ever Sock-o-phile is stylist + blogger Elizabeth Borenstein from Brooklyn, NY

Elizabeth + her Socks!

1. Why do you love socks? Socks keep your feet warm and are a great way to show your unique style. Socks give extra personality to any outfit.

2. How did you start your collection? Ever since I was little, I’ve always had an obsession with legwear! My tootsies get cold so I had to find a cute way to keep them warm and toasty.

3. How many socks do you own? Too many to count!

4. It’s the summertime. Socks + sandals, yes or no? Can I say sometimes? As a stylist, I say socks and high heeled sandals, YES, but you will never catch this lady in socks and Birkenstocks.

Socks On The Go

 

5. What’s your favorite pair? It’s all about inspiring the outfit! Today’s favorite is the strong man. Since I’m traveling solo and carrying my own heavy bags, they make me smile and keep me motivated!

If you love SOCKS, then you gotta let us know! E-mail: press at sockittome dot com and tell us a bit about your SOCK LOVE! We’ll send you some questions to answer and you could be featured on our blog. How cool is that!?

OK OK….. This is the part you’ve all been waiting for…. DRUMMMM ROLL PLEASE… the Summer Sock Contest WINNER IS…………..

Michelle Rourke

Thank you so much to all who entered! We thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments and we love you all equally. If you love us, keep reading our blog, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. That way you can keep up on all the exciting Sock It To Me news and be the first to find out about opportunities to WIN awesome Socks from us!!

 

 

Mingling with the Mayor

It’s not everyday you get invited into City Hall for a special meeting with special Portland people — especially when that special someone is the mayor of Portland, the delightful Mr. Sam Adams.

Believe it or not, it all started with Twitter. Carrie, being the super-tweeter that she is, got in on a round of tweets that finished the line “What would it take to get the mayor to ______?” Carrie followed suit and sent out a tweet, asking, “What would it take to get @MayorSamAdams in a pair of @sockittomesocks?” His reply: 15-minutes and a pair of socks!

And so began the long, delicate process. (Turns out, the mayor is a busy man!) But it was worth the wait, because he took the opportunity to interview Carrie, spotlighting Sock It to Me as one of 400 small businesses that hail from our very own City of Opportunity, er Roses. Check out the video, at the bottom of the page, and also enjoy our own stream of photos taken by photographer Jared Birt during our rendezvous with Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Signing the guestbook in the mayor's office
This is about when the Mayor is saying, "These are great socks!"
An array of men's styles to choose from
The mayor chooses his 3 pairs of socks: Red Argyles, Ninjas, and Pirate Bots
Carrie showing off some good argyle style for the interview
Carrie's reply to Sam's question of best-seller: Mustaches
15 minutes and 3 pairs of socks later...
Talking to the mayor about how Sock It to Me wants to get involved in tackling big issues, like the now-hot issue of juvenile sex trafficking here in PDX
Sock It to Me times three (Salmon Argyles, Ninjas, Skillets)
A final handshake
Portland Mayor Sam Adams looking oh-so Portland on his bike, with his pants tucked into a pair of Ninjas
And he's off to his next appointment! Thanks, Mayor!

Also catch the 2-minute video clip that Mr. Mayor stuck on his website. His first words: These are great socks!