Sophie Kuller is a dancer, photography student at Parsons The New School for Design, and an all-around DIY person. We are so excited to introduce her as a Dd Contributor! Get to know Sophie a bit with our Dd survey:
1. ART: Performance or visual? What place does art have in your life? Both. Each have been very important to me at different times in my life. Performance used to be the reason I danced…the thrill, the adrenaline, the nerves, the relief afterwards. Now it is what inspires me to click the shutter. Watching people create the beauty that I was not able to is what drives me to be a better photographer. Now that I am the creator of visual art I see dance in a new way. There are new challenges that come with making a visual image instead of dancing it. Art will forever be the main reason I am who I am.
2. CRAFT: Knit or Crochet or Other? What is your craftiest project to date? Knit! Over winter break my grandmother and I would sit in front of the wood stove and knit scarves for hours. My craftiest project in the past few months was cutting up a pair of old jeans and sewing them into a jacket.
3. DESIGN: Classical or modern? What designer or architect inspires you the most? Modern. In fashion I love the straight simple cuts of designers like Rag & Bone, The Row, and Michael Kors. I also love when designers push the limits and invent something completely unheard of even if no one likes it at first…like those crazy shoes of Alexander McQueen’s. And of course Free People and anything lace will always have a special place in my heart. In terms of architecture, I love tall ceilings and anything that lets in a lot of light. Big windows are incredible and the light that comes in through them does more for your mental stability than you know.
4. FOOD: Salty or sweet? Do you know how to make your favorite dish? SWEET. I’ve always had the biggest sweet tooth. Ever made homemade ice cream? Divine. I highly recommend it, try peach. There’s also a pie out there called Razzleberry Pie, and its made by Marie Callender (find it at your local grocery store). I will never get enough of this pie, I can’t even explain it.
5. THOUGHT: Fiction or Nonfiction? What form does the bulk of your own reading and/or writing take? Non-Fiction. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting lost in another reality or world in Fiction, but lately I’ve been reading books about real people and I find them truly inspiring. I’m currently reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali which at times leaves me thinking for days about the injustices and cruelties of the world. Sounds depressing, but it’s really good, trust me. I’m also reading Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thorton which has given me a completely new insight into the exclusive world that I love and want so much to be a part of. In terms of my own writing, I write mostly about the philosophy of photography for school but I do really enjoy it. Writing about my own photography has always been one of my biggest struggles, so it helps to be able to write about others as a way to figure out what I’m trying to say myself.
6. FUN: Where in the world do you want to go or be stranded? What five things would be in your bag? The Amalfi Coast of Italy. If I were never allowed to leave I could live there for the rest of my life and be the happiest person on earth. It is the most visually stunning and laid back place I’ve ever been. The food is great, the people are lively, its colorful, the ocean is steps away…see?