Jean Lin is a design entrepreneur based in New York City. Initially trained as a fashion designer, she has professional experience as a designer, editor, trend forecaster, educator and curator. Jean is the founder Colony, designer cooperative; charitable design organization Reclaim NYC; and the Tribeca Design District. She also serves on the board of the Women’s Design Council. Jean currently teaches at her alma mater, Parsons School of Design, and has been a visiting lecturer and critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Tama Art University in Tokyo.
Today, Jean joins us for Friday Five!
1. My dog, Bosco
My 15 year old dog, Bosco, passed away on September 12, 2021 and although I don’t cry every day anymore, I definitely think about and miss him every day. Dogs are the ultimate companion and when you’re lucky enough to find “your dog,” it’s a lifelong bond, even after they’re gone.
I visited the Glenstone monumental art museum a few years ago and cannot forget how beautiful and touching the experience was. The landscape and architecture perfectly showcases the stunning collection of contemporary art from Emily and Mitch Rales, private collectors who have made it their mission to share the power of art, architecture and nature with the public. Profession Double Water, v.3, 2013–2015 by Roni Horn made me fall. The cut consists of two giant cast glass cylinders, one clear white and one matte black.
3. John Risley
I didn’t know who John Risley was until his sculptural iron furniture started appearing at the antique and vintage furniture auctions we frequent in Colony. I love the artistic imagination of his works that sound like hand-drawn sketches of the artist’s friends and neighbors. There’s not a lot of extra space in my house for more furniture, but John Risley’s work is on my list of things I crave.
4. Stella Jean
Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean has been one of my fashion favorites for several years now. I love the colorful patterns inspired by traditional African wax print fabrics embodied in an artsy, yet wearable silhouette. He also recently spearheaded a movement that raised issues around racial inequality in fashion during Milan Fashion Week.
5. Lawyer Mother by Barkley Hendricks
I bought a gold leaf print of this Barkley Hendricks painting Lawyer Mother and I really like it. Early in my time in New York City, I went to a show at The Studio Museum in Harlem and saw this painting in person and it blew my mind. I will never forget that show because it was also the first time I saw Kehinde Wiley’s work live before she exploded into popular culture. I couldn’t believe my eyes and felt so lucky to be in New York City to see and experience so much beauty. Every time I look at my prints, it reminds me of the power of the experience.
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