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.
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.
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.