This city tends to cultivate the ultimate multi-taskers—people who aren’t simply complacent with sticking with one career and casually pursing other hobbies. You have an interest, and you try to be the best you can. Ben Stubbington burns the candle at both ends, working as a menswear designer in fashion as well as an artist, producing paintings that have been shown regularly at Brooklyn’s Sideshow Gallery. The parallels between fashion and art make for a natural fit: the lines of a canvas versus the lines of a suit, a pair of pants. The two share an appreciation for lines, color, geometry—one just gets put on a wall, and the other gets to be actively used in life.
As an artist and designer living in New York City for the last 14 years, we wanted to ask the Brooklyn-based Brit some questions about what this place means to him, the hard parts about creating here, and—more importantly—what makes it all worthwhile.