Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Sara Moinian is a 22-year-old artist who recently moved to New York. As the winner of our “Get Graphic” contest, Sara won $1,000 and a piece of her work is featured on one of our t-shirts.
What made you decide to enter our “Get Graphic” contest?
“I follow you guys on Instagram and have always loved the brand's aesthetic. I saw a post for the contest and thought it wouldn't hurt to try, so I sent an email and tagged American Apparel in a few of my posts on my art insta. To my surprise, I was selected!”
What was the inspiration behind the winning graphic you submitted?
“With everything that has been happening in the sociopolitical sphere, I really wanted to create something that captured inclusivity and the power that comes with it.
I definitely (subconsciously) pulled design elements from the graphic @all_womankind created in 2017 (the one with the fists) that was seen all over the Women’s March. Another source of design element related inspo was the Outdoor Voices ‘Give Earth a Hug’ tee designed by one of my favorite artists, Inés Longevial.”
Can you describe a typical day in your life?
“I recently started working at the Museum of Modern Art as an intern in the Director’s Office, so to be quite honest I don’t even know what a typical day in my life looks like anymore. I don’t want to bore you with details of waking up, getting ready for work, getting on the subway etc. but I am so happy to be finally working (after around 6 months and 112 post-grad job applications… I know) and especially at such an amazing institution. It was definitely worth the wait.
On weekends I'll usually explore a new part of the city, go out with my friends, and take a moment to tap back into my art.”
Any other hobbies/occupations outside of art?
“Hanging out with friends and family, watching movies (I love cinematography!) yoga, traveling.”
What does it mean for your work to be featured on an American Apparel t-shirt?
“I think what's really cool is that I didn’t deliberately create this piece as an entry for a contest. As cliché as it sounds, I never in a million years thought it would actually make it onto an American Apparel t-shirt.
Having my work featured on an AA t-shirt has been really meaningful and eye-opening for me. I never really took my art seriously and saw it as just a hobby – albeit one that I’m passionate about. Being an ‘artist’ just felt like something so out-of-reach for me, something totally ridiculous to consider myself. I definitely lacked confidence in that way, but this experience has allowed me to see my own potential and has motivated me to keep creating.”
To learn more about Sara, follow her on Instagram via @saraxmoin