Nate Singer ’17 interviewed about starting original fashion line

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Nate Singer ’17 has had several art exhibits in the past, including some that have been displayed on campus. Singer has recently branched out into fashion by starting his own fashion line.

According to Singer, his line “explores the patterns of organic geometries to develop a better understanding of himself, and the world as a whole.” The name of his fashion line is “Nate Singer.” The website for his fashion line is natesinger.com. Singer reflected on his art and fashion line below.

Concordiensis: What are some of the art exhibits you have done in the past?

Nate Singer: The art exhibitions that I have been a part of so far include the installation of “Primal Fault” (the leaf sculpture in Science and Engineering), an exhibition at my local library over winter break that included steel sculpture and some 2D works and a couple of small shows on campus, as well as the intercollegiate art show at the Saratoga Arts Center.

C: How have they influenced your art now?

NS: The work that I have shown in all of the exhibitions that I have been a part of stem from the same influences. I draw my influence from organic constructs and the combination of turbulence and the order they geometrically demonstrate.

C: What have you been involved in at Union that has helped shape your art exhibits?

NS: I think that starting college as an engineering major forced me to think in ways I was not used to. I ended up taking six math classes at Union, which has help to shape the way I approach the forms I explore in my work. I like to mentally cut the forms that intrigue me into slices and divide them into sections. It’s not formal, but more so a way of me getting to know these subjects better. Being on the swim team for half of my college career taught me what commitment really was, what growth through hard work looks like and what being a part of a team means. And of course, being a studio arts major has taught me about different processes, materials and tools that can be used to accurately and fully express myself. It has helped me to develop a thick skin because a large part of art is being told what is working or not working in your creations.

C: How have these exhibits influenced your clothing line?

NS: With regards to the clothing line, all the printers that I have worked with are alumni, so having those connections has been integral for producing my apparel.

C: What led you to start your own fashion line?

NS: It started with thinking that the leaf design would look cool on clothing so I made it happen. I think that clothing, as a medium, is a great way of getting people that might not be interested in fine art engaged with my work. I also just wanted to embody my philosophy as fully as possible. When I throw on my gear, I am basically saying that, “Chaotic branching things have helped me make sense of the world.”

C: What do you hope to accomplish with your clothing line?

NS: I will continue to expand it further in tandem to my fine art. In the future, I would love to work with someone more experienced in fashion production than myself in order to reach my long-term goals. But in the mean time, I will continue to produce quality pieces that embody the geometric beauty and turbulence of forms in the world.

C: What advice would you give to someone also looking to get into fashion?

NS: I don’t think that I am in a position to give anyone too much advice yet considering I am just starting and have many things to learn. The brands that have inspired me have a deep-rooted philosophy and message that people emotionally connect to and identify with. That is the ultimate goal for my brand and that is what I would tell anyone starting up to try and do: actualize your vision so that people can connect with it.

C: What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in starting your clothing line?

NS: There have definitely been a lot of big challenges. The hardest part is coordinating all the components that go along with running a business: buying and printing the clothing, marketing the gear, selling it, shipping it, all while making sure it is economically feasible to do it. And all of these things take time, which is a valuable asset. So trying to systematize all these variables and make it an efficient operation continues to be my biggest challenge.

C: What made you interested in art and fashion?

NS: I like that art and fashion provide you with the opportunity to allow your ideas to manifest in the world. In both spheres, I have the chance to show people how I interpret the life and make sense of it. I believe accessing the potential that art provides can be empowering and unifying.

C: Has anything surprised you about starting your own line? If so, what?

NS: What has surprised me most is how difficult it is to create a clear and well-defined brand identity. Of course this will inevitably be a life long quest. It is a serious challenge to try and concisely define yourself. Especially as an artist, it is tough to provide a 60 second pitch explaining what you are and what you represent because the artist is so many things. I am constantly asking myself, “What is Nate Singer all about?” And my answer is constantly being revised.

C: What are you hoping to achieve with your fashion line in the future?

NS: I am looking forward to further expanding the product portfolio but also allowing my brand identity to mature and become something recognizable and synonymous with a clear philosophy. Lastly, I am excited to let my creations serve as a source of dialogue and inspiration for others.

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