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This week we are featuring Meriah Schultz on our blog, she is a beloved member of the Dizon Inc. family as producer and friend. We sat down with Meriah and asked her a few questions about design, fashion and music. Scroll down to see the interview and learn more about some of her latest projects.

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What’s your favorite thing about working fashion week?
The Dizon Inc. wrap party!

What inspires you in your own life or work?
Ideas that come from other industries like art, science, and literature. I like confluences and mash-ups of thoughts or imagery that come together to create something new and exciting.

What are 3 artists (or designers) you are feeling/ following right now?
Lygia Clark, Rochelle Goldberg, Dries Van Noten (always)

What are you working on right now?
I’m doing some creative direction for Bensen furniture and also making a newspaper for complexgeometries with my own photographs (see Meriah’s Photography Tumblr here). In my spare time: I am learning beekeeping, and have an architectural project that I plan on doing with the bees next year!

What are you reading now (books/Magazines)?
Apartamento magazine, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin, and The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edward de Waal

What are the 3 most played songs/albums on your iTunes?
Dance Yrslf Clean by LCD Soundsystem, One Million Lovers by the Growlers, Cheree by Suicide

What are you watching right now?
Revisiting all of Ingmar Bergman. I am especially loving Persona right now.

List 3 go to items you can’t live without:
My phone (I hate it, but it’s true), bright lipstick, and my bicycle.

Where is your favorite place in the city to eat?
Souen if I’m feeling healthy, Il Buco if I’m not

List 3 fashion week essentials:
Pens, the girls at Dizon, and a sense of humour!

Does fashion have a place in your life out side of work? If so, in what way?
Of course. I love seeing how the trends we see during NYFW penetrate culture and can actually change it. EVERYONE is affected by these shows whether they like it or not. I also LOVE clothes, so that helps!

InForm Interiors
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Inform Interiors is a retail store that was started by my family 51 years ago with the goal of bringing contemporary European design to the Canadian market. It is a really unique store that almost feels like a museum. We also have a beautiful rooftop, which is where I keep my bees!

Urban Beekeeping
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I got my first hive earlier this Spring, and realized quite quickly that there was a potential to beautify the hive itself and make it more architectural. So, I am working with a group of architects and designers to design functional, but architecturally interesting hives. As urban beekeeping becomes more popular, it seems like a great opportunity to integrate design into this beautiful natural process. 

Bensen
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Bensen is a Canadian furniture manufacturer that was started by my stepfather, Niels Bendtsen. All designs and products are made here in downtown Vancouver. I have been working with them to do creative direction and color selections for their various visual and print presentations.



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This week we are featuring artist Kysa Johnson on our blog, she is a member of the Dizon Inc. family and joins us every fashion week as a freelance coordinator. We sat down with Kysa and asked her a few questions about art, fashion and food. Scroll down to see the interview and a few of her recent installations.

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What’s your favorite thing about working fashion week and what keeps you coming back every season?
The amazing people I get to work with! The camaraderie and the chance to be a part of a smart talented group of people working towards a common creative goal.

What inspires you in your own life or work?
Ohhh so much but mostly nature and science. The sense that everything we are surrounded by at all scales is subject to the same basic physical laws and principles and that these laws and principles are over-arching and elegant.

What are the 3 most played songs/albums on your iTunes?
The War on Drugs, William Onyeabor, an old mix made by my husband called “What’s the Rumpus?”

What are you watching right now?
Sooo much good TV! True Detective, Halt and Catch Fire, Veep, Louie, the Leftovers seems promising, Cosmos…. and embarrassingly I watched about 3 episodes of I Wanna Marry Harry on demand the other night. It was way too terrible to turn off.

List 3 fashion week essentials:
Clothes with pockets, coffee, lip balm

Does fashion have a place in your life out side of fashion week? If so, in what way?
Yes! I love clothes soooo much. I love finding those key pieces each year which define that particular time in your life and I have a vintage clothing fetish. I look forward to our bi-annual trips to Pittsburgh each year almost exclusively because they have fantastic and affordable vintage stores. I actually have dreams every now and again that I am in a warehouse full of vintage clothing (from every era imaginable) and it’s all free, it’s amazing.

Below: Kysa Johnson’s ‘Bank of America waiting room’ installation at The Armory Show (click here for more information about the art installation).

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Kysa’s latest exhibition: ‘blow up 250 – be it ever so humble – subatomic decay patterns after Wyandanch, Payne & Rennert’ at the Halsey Mckay Gallery. The exhibition consists out of a sculptural chalk on blackboard drawing, Johnson employs subatomic decay patterns to define a Hamptons landscape occupied by 3 homes: a wigwam typical of the Montauk, John Howard Payne’s grandfather’s humble estate, and a contemporary palatial one. (for more information, click here)

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Below: ‘blow up 181 – subatomic decay patterns after Piranesi’s Funereal Urns’, 2012.

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For more information on Kysa Johnson, please visit her website, wikipedia-page or artsy.net 

Photography by the Halsey McKay GalleryArtInfo.com and Renato Ghiazza.