One of my favorite things to do is walk around New York just checking street art from block to block. On my walks I’ll catch the latest murals, graffiti, stickers and wheat paste art. If you don’t know what wheat paste art is, wheat paste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. That glue thats usually made in a big bucket is then used for paper artwork and then pasted on smooth walls. You’ve probably seen it and ya don’t even know it. Think Shepherd Ferry and his project Obey Giant, then theres Adam Cost, or Swoon, theres Bunny M, uhh there is also JR of the Inside Out Project.
Today’s guest is Libby but most people probably know her from her street art, Phoebe New York. Phoebe can be found in the form stickers and wheatepaste art throughout the streets of New York.
I met up with Libby in Washington Square Park and she walked me through the good, the bad and the ugly of being a street artist. In this episode we talk about shooting film photography in Paris, her love of vintage book covers, writing, becoming an artist, her first solo show, transitioning into a street artist, putting up stickers, her first night of wheat pasting, getting arrested, meeting the New York City Vandal Squad, how her alter ego Phoebe was born, subliminal messaging, letting go of crutches and much much more.
Before you begin this episode or while you’re listening to this episode you should visit Phoebe instagram at phoebenewyork just to get an idea of what her work looks like and have a reference to what we are talking about as we make our way through her journey as an artist.
Of course you can find links to her IG and everything we talking about in this episode at below.
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More About Phoebe New York
Official Site – http://www.libbyschoettle.com/libby/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/phoebenewyork/?hl=en
Twitter – https://twitter.com/phoebenewyork
Tumblr – http://phoebenewyork.tumblr.com
Links to the Stuff they Talked About
Mork and Mindy – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077053/
Washington Square Park – https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/washington-square-park
Andy Warhol Sleep – https://vimeo.com/4880378
Chelsea Flea Market – http://www.annexmarkets.com/chelsea-flea-market/
Mast Books – https://www.yelp.com/biz/mast-books-new-york
Dash wood Books – http://www.dashwoodbooks.com
Mercer Street Books – http://www.mercerstreetbooks.com
Strand Book Store – http://www.strandbooks.com
The Catcher in the Rye – https://www.amazon.com/Catcher-Rye-J-D-Salinger/dp/0316769487
Rorschach – https://www.moma.org/collection/works/79749
Polaroid SX-70 – https://us.impossible-project.com/collections/polaroid-sx-70-cameras
Wabi-sabi – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi
Street Art – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_art
Wheat Paste Instructions – http://thebigpicture2013.blogspot.com/p/wheat-paste-instructions.html
Egg Shell Stickers – http://www.eggshellstickers.com
Materials for the Arts – http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/mfta/html/home/home.shtml
Screaming Mimi – http://www.screamingmimis.com
Lulu Lemon – http://shop.lululemon.com
Teen Vogue – http://www.teenvogue.com
Glamor – http://www.glamour.com
This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.