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An Interview with Emily Hill

Jeyca Maldonado-Medina met with Emily Hill, art editor and production associate at Trouble Child to talk about design, style, and uncertainty in art.

Jeyca Maldonado-Medina:  What makes you passionate about design?

Emily Hill: The fact that I can create content that is visually appealing and has the ability to make a difference somewhere. Even if that difference is getting someone inspired—it feels purposeful. Beautiful design for beautiful causes is what I am here for. Also, it is just really fun and rewarding to design something that you actually love and are proud of.

JMM: How would you define your style?

EH: I think my style is passionate, semi-aggressive—I use a lot of hot pink—and refined. It needs to have enough edge and flair for me to ever be happy with it. Obviously staying on top of trends is important, but it becomes draining to keep up, and I often just don’t see myself using those styles. It pays off to just break some rules, make something you like, and have people approach the individuality and character of what you made with enthusiasm.

JMM: What made you want to be a part of Trouble Child?

EH: Like I said, I love having purposeful, impactful design, and I knew that this would fulfil that for me. I also just felt honored to be asked by a handful of talented people that I admire, which made me motivated to help and uplift them in any way I can. I couldn’t wait to dive in and learn more about uncertainty in my own life through other people’s art and written word.

JMM: How does the idea of uncertainty factor into your art?

EH: I think just the act of creating art is uncertain to me. I am uncertain about the quality of my work and if it is positively consumed. So just starting something and putting anything on a page is the first really big leap into a whole bunch of uncertainty. I have to trust that uncertainty sometimes and let it inspire my actions—but I must also allow for acceptance of myself and my skills.

JMM: What's a book that has impacted your life?

EH: I would have to say Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. God, I love her. It was the first book that I dissected and analyzed, and I realized what kinds of connections could be made. I think I was a sophomore in high school. It was very rewarding to discover that within literature, so it was certainly impactful and momentous. Also that was when I realized how much I love the idea of dystopia. It is an awfully morbid book. Heartbreaking in a way, but it’s fascinating.

JMM: Are you actually hipster?

EH: According to the Buzzfeed quiz from 2014, I am thirty percent hipster, but don’t tell anyone I took that quiz. I would lose all my chance to be a real hipster.