The Unprecedented

Meet the stylish artist creating inspiring prints and outfits

Fashion and art go hand in hand, an no one shows this better than the elegantly creative artist and style blogger Randa Salloum. When she’s not sharing her daily looks on her style blog The Unprecedented, this globetrotting Vancouverite creates beautiful works of art for her own shop, I See Noise Prints. Her love for fashion and art are not mutually exclusive, as made evident by her prints inspired by Chanel and Christian Louboutin, so it’s no wonder her thousands of friends and followers always have something fun and visually stimulating to look forward to from her posts.

Meet Randa and get inspired by her art and sense of style.

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Interview with a Fashion Illustrator

Hanging out with Michelle Yu of Old Man Art Shoppe 

What inspired you to start your own blog and shop?

I’ve always loved illustrating and known that I’m good at it, but it had never really occurred to me that it could be more than a hobby until I met fellow local artist, Randa Salloum, who runs a successful website and Etsy shop selling metallic foil prints. I’d shopped on Etsy before and knew what it was, but for some reason it never clicked in my mind until I saw that lots of artists were selling their work online. 

Who or what influences your style?

Everything from menswear to hip hop to the Vogue Paris power pack. I appreciate certain elements of different styles and adapt it for myself. I like mostly pretty minimalist and monochromatic looks for myself, with a dash of “street”.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

In life? My relationships. In my work? I’ve done some pretty cool stuff in my career but I’d say starting the shop is pretty high up there. From the outside it might not look like much, but it really took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears; I’m proud of this new project I’ve started and am really excited to see where it goes. I think it’s because it’s my own, not something I’m working on for another company.

What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever been given?

Go out and see things. Whether it’s travelling to other countries, or sample-shopping to see what your peers and competitors are doing, it never hurts to expose your senses to new ideas because they’ll either keep you informed or give you inspiration.

What are your go-to brands?

Black Canvas & Leather PS1 Extra Large Backpack

Go-to brands in my dreams: Proenza Schouler, Celine, Stella McCartney, Nicholas Ghesquiere’s Balenciaga, Marni, Dries Van Noten.

Go-to brands in real life: Zara, Acne, Uniqlo, ASOS, Cole Haan, and Aritzia, with whom I’m in a long term love-hate relationship.

What trend would you never try?

Never say never, but I’ve steered pretty clear of the flared pants that have resurfaced in recent years.

What three things are on your wish list this season?

Surprise, surprise: three pretty basic items, spruced up with interesting details–in my favourite monochrome palette, of course:

Emily Oxfords

Ash Slip On Platform Sneakers - Jodie Quilted

Shearling-Lined Leather Velocite Oversize Moto Jacket

Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

I just released a card for Valentine’s Day (the “Elephant Shoes (I Love You)” card), which is a first for Old Man Art Shoppe. More greeting cards are in the works, and there may be some collaborations with other local fashion folk–stay tuned! And buy my existing shit!

What are your long-term goals for your blog and shop?

My dream job would be to illustrate full-time, with 50% of my time allocated to creating new products for my shop, and the other 50% to contract illustration work (for magazines, retailers, bloggers, brands etc). Kind of like what illustrators like Danny Roberts and Megan Hess are doing–I really admire their work.

Do you have any tips for aspiring bloggers?

Work hard and with purpose. Also, there / their / they’re; to / two / too.

For more about Michelle, check out her blog When I’m An Old Man and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. You can shop her fashion illustrations on Etsy too!