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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

MISALLATI HAT CLUB

 

Tell​ ​us​ ​about​ ​yourself.​ ​Where​ ​did​ ​you​ ​grow​ ​up​ ​and​ ​how​ ​did​ ​you​ ​find​ ​yourself​ ​interested in​ ​design​ ​and​ ​sewing?​ ​Was​ ​there​ ​a​ ​pivotal​ ​moment​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​remember?

My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Sadiq​ ​Misallati​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​a​ ​hatmaker​ ​based​ ​out​ ​of​ ​Los​ ​Angeles,​ ​CA.​ ​​I​ ​was​ ​born in​ ​Benghazi​ ​Libya​ ​but​ ​have​ ​lived​ ​most​ ​of​ ​my​ ​life​ ​here​ ​in​ ​the​ ​States.

I​ ​didn’t​ ​start​ ​sewing​ ​until​ ​about​ ​2​ ​years​ ​ago​ ​when​ ​on​ ​a​ ​whim​ ​I​ ​decided​ ​I​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​learn
how​ ​to​ ​sew.​ ​​Luckily​ ​my​ ​mom​ ​ran​ ​a​ ​quilting​ ​business​ ​so​ ​I​ ​had​ ​a​ ​great​ ​resource​ ​to​ ​start.​

I sewed​ ​my​ ​first​ ​hat​ ​on​ ​some​ ​janky​ ​plastic​ ​machine​ ​then​ ​my​ ​obsession​ ​with​ ​hats​ ​was
born.​ ​​The​ ​first​ ​hats​ ​were​ ​pretty​ ​awful​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​the​ ​truth​ ​but​ ​I​ ​just​ ​kept​ ​working​ ​on​ ​it
everyday​ ​until​ ​I​ ​had​ ​the​ ​confidence​ ​to​ ​start​ ​selling​ ​my​ ​hats.

People​ ​often​ ​attribute​ ​nostalgia​ ​to​ ​A​ ​E​ ​S​ ​T​ ​H​ ​E​ ​T​ ​I​ ​C​ ​and​ ​Vaporwave.​ ​Why​ ​do​ ​you​ ​believe this​ ​is​ ​such​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​force​ ​for​ ​so​ ​many​ ​people?​ ​How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​translate​ ​that​ ​feeling​ ​into your​ ​pieces?

It’s​ ​an​ ​escape​ ​to​ ​a​ ​past​ ​when​ ​the​ ​future​ ​still​ ​looked​ ​bright.​ ​ ​Vaporwave​ ​has​ ​this​ ​dreamlike
quality​ ​that​ ​reminds​ ​me​ ​of​ ​the​ ​excesses​ ​yet​ ​simplicity​ ​of​ ​cable​ ​television​ ​when​ ​I​ ​was​ ​kid
in​ ​the​ ​late​ ​80s.

I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​put​ ​as​ ​much​ ​detail​ ​on​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​lining​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hat​ ​with​ ​regards​ ​to​ ​aesthetic​ ​color
matching.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​almost​ ​as​ ​stoked​ ​about​ ​the​ ​details​ ​on​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​of​ ​my​ ​hats​ ​as​ ​I​ ​am​ ​the
outside.

What​ ​inspires​ ​you​ ​the​ ​most​ ​about​ ​creating​ ​your​ ​artwork​ ​and​ ​what​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​image​ ​or​ ​idea are​ ​you​ ​ultimately​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​convey​ ​to​ ​your​ ​audience?

I​ ​get​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​I​ ​get​ ​to​ ​create​ ​beautiful​ ​hats​ ​out​ ​of​ ​a​ ​pile​ ​of​ ​fabric.​ ​ ​I​ ​want
people​ ​to​ ​see​ ​that​ ​we​ ​care​ ​about​ ​the​ ​little​ ​details.

Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​work​ ​ritual?​ ​Take​ ​us​ ​through​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​creating​ ​your​ ​pieces.

I​ ​wake​ ​up​ ​at​ ​6​ ​am​ ​usually​ ​every​ ​morning​ ​and​ ​start​ ​with​ ​a​ ​few​ ​cups​ ​of​ ​coffee​ ​and​ ​a​ ​wake
and​ ​bake.​ ​Then​ ​I​ ​put​ ​on​ ​some​ ​background​ ​music​ ​or​ ​a​ ​movie​ ​and​ ​go​ ​with​ ​the​ ​flow.

Who​ ​are​ ​some​ ​of​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​artists,​ ​business​ ​people,​ ​creatives​ ​or​ ​intellectuals?

I​ ​like​ ​weird​ ​stuff​ ​so​ ​I’m​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​Tim​ ​and​ ​Eric​ ​fan​ ​which​ ​in​ ​my​ ​opinion​ ​helped​ ​bring​ ​back
the​ ​popularity​ ​of​ ​the​ ​8-bit​ ​computer​ ​graphic​ ​aesthetic.

What​ ​has​ ​been​ ​the​ ​highlight​ ​of​ ​your​ ​artistic​ ​career​ ​so​ ​far?

Seeing​ ​people​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​wearing​ ​my​ ​hats​ ​at​ ​concerts​ ​and​ ​music​ ​events.​ ​It’s​ ​pretty
surreal.

Please​ ​tell​ ​us​ ​something​ ​about​ ​yourself​ ​that​ ​we​ ​may​ ​not​ ​know​ ​that​ ​influences​ ​your​ ​work.

​My​ ​mom​ ​and​ ​grandma​ ​own​ ​a​ ​long​ ​arm​ ​quilting​ ​business​ ​called​ ​Cosmic​ ​Quilting​ ​(follow
them​ ​on​ ​Instagram!)​ ​and​ ​they​ ​helped​ ​me​ ​learn​ ​quilting​ ​techniques​ ​which​ ​I​ ​have​ ​applied​ ​to
my​ ​hat​ ​making​ ​everyday.

What​ ​are​ ​your​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​the​ ​future​ ​and​ ​direction​ ​of​ ​your​ ​work?​ ​How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​see​ ​yourself growing​ ​as​ ​an​ ​artist?

I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​into​ ​making​ ​more​ ​bomber​ ​and​ ​denim​ ​jackets.​ ​ ​I​ ​could​ ​see​ ​myself
running​ ​a​ ​fabric​ ​company​ ​with​ ​a​ ​team​ ​of​ ​designers.

Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​advice​ ​for​ ​aspiring​ ​artists?

Work​ ​on​ ​your​ ​craft​ ​every​ ​day​ ​and​ ​don’t​ ​give​ ​up​ ​at​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​when​ ​your​ ​art​ ​looks​ ​like
shit​ ​and​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​quitting.

Final​ ​Thoughts?

“Be​ ​excellent​ ​to​ ​each​ ​other”​ ​ ​-​ ​Bill​ ​Preston​ ​Esq.

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