My 2000-word piece about the design team Rodarte debuted in West Magazine this Sunday. It was a lot of fun to write. I found the two sisters, Laura and Kate, to be marvelously creative, generous with their time, and talented to boot. It’s a lot harder to write about something when you think that it sucks. Let me explain–there are times when you review a ballet or a designer and you know that your personal taste differs. That’s not a problem, because you can see the merits of their techniques and how their work appeals to a certain audience. The worst is when someone has plenty of hype, but little tangible talent.
A journalist must try to skin the hype from an artist’s product and analyze the essence of their work. It’s not easy, I try to be as fair as I possibly can.