FC SPOTLIGHT: Kasi Turpin
Posted on May 08 2017
Kasi Turpin is a graphic designer who specializes in typography and is based in Chicago, IL. Kasi started working with Feminist Apparel in 2016 and has quickly become a FA favorite! We caught up with her recently to learn a bit more about her creative work and what motivates her artistic practice.
Location: Chicago, IL
Preferred Mediums: Simple Pencil & Paper
What is your favorite FA item for sale? Cats Against Catcalls!
What do you do for work? I'm a graphic designer for food packaging. I specialize in typography.
And perhaps more importantly... what do you like to do for fun?
Art is my main hobby! I love to draw, do calligraphy, and paint. Also any activity in the sun is fun to me. A little bit of sunshine makes a whole lot of happiness.
What's your educational background? Are you a self-taught artist or did you go to school for art?
I went to University of Dayton for their Visual Communication Design program.
Are you working on any creative and/or activist related projects now? If so, tell us about it!
I am currently working on some giant murals in Chicago at the moment. It's not an activist project but I think it's really important to share this. Part of the mural is outside and I have had comments (not cool ones to say the least) such as "This is amazing, that's great that you are girl and can do something so big!" or "This is a big project for such a little girl, you're surprisingly doing great.
These are just random comments from random men walking by who probably thought they were throwing a compliment my way. It's a project I am really proud of and YES I'm proud that I'm the GIRL that is doing it.
Pick one of your favorite designs that you are currently selling in Feminist Apparel's store and let us know about the creative process behind it!
Empowered Women Empower Women is one of my favorite designs I'm selling. I have gotten such a positive response to this piece and have had personal emails and letters to how much this has meant to other women. It's amazing to see something that you make touch so many lives in a positive way.
Do you identify as a Feminist? Why or Why not?
Yes. Women's rights are human rights.
What are you listening to right now? Any recommendations?
The XX. They are my favorite band and always are inspiring to me during late night work sessions. I have been a fan for a long time and I really enjoy watching them grow into their career but still stay so humble.
Finally, before you go, what is one tip you have for young feminists who are looking to get involved and make an impact in a meaningful way?
Always step up and speak out. You're all strong, intelligent and have something to contribute. Don't ever feel intimidated by others and stand by your gut. Get involved with a small group you feel passionate about. Even conducting yourself in an empowered way can make a bigger impact on others than you might think.