Joseph Aaron Segal
A: JoeJoe, Joey Stitches (because I'm always knitting or sewing), Joeyjoejoemangopants (was really into mango-colored pants in '00), Cheeseboy (I love cheese!).
Q: When did you realize you had designer potential?
A: I've always been pretty crafty, but it was when I was encouraged to push my work further as a student at RISD that I realized I had designer potential.
Q: First garment you ever made?
A: One of my first garments was probably when I sewed neckties into the side seams of my pants .
Q: What's your design training/schooling, etc.?
A: BFA in painting and art history, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. MFA textile design, Rhode Island School of Design.
Q: Strengths as a designer?
A: Risk taker, unconventional thinker and material exploration.
Q: Weaknesses as a designer?
A: Sometimes I make stuff that's just too strange.
Q: What are your influences?
A: I'm pretty much inspired by everything, ranging from antiques to rocks to the unknown.
Q: What's playing on your iPod when you.re designing?
A: Sonic Youth, Robyn, Adult, Hole, White Ring, Jay-Jay Johanson, Jens Lekman, Hunx and His Punx, Asa-Chang and Junray, Slowdive, Elasté: Slow Motion Disco, Black Devil and more!
Q: Favorite material or fabric to work with?
A: Yarn and paint!
Q: Item you're most proud of designing?
A: The knitted dress-and-cardigan look from my thesis collection that the RISD museum bought for their permanent collection.
Q: Favorite designer(s)?
A: JC de Castelbajac, Walter van Beirendonck, Lanvin, Moonspoon Saloon, Christian Lacroix, Rei Kawakubo, Henrik Vibskov, Gareth Pugh
Q: Sketch or drape?
A: Both! For me, sketching and draping go hand in hand.
Q: Patterns or solids?
A: Both all the time!
Q: Favorite colors?
A: Neon anything, lilac, orange, black, pink, and every other color.
Q: Biggest fear as a designer?
A: What's there to be scared about?Never hold back.
Q: Fashion must?
A: Have fun with your look!
Q: Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?
A: Gray heathered sweatpants anywhere.
Q: Favorite style icon?
A: Grace Jones, Leigh Bowery
Q: What would you design for the first lady?
A: Anything she wants!
Q: Celebrity you wish you could design for?
A: Marilyn Manson, Bjork or Kelly Osbourne. For Marilyn I would make a sweater that looked like it survived an apocalypse, and for Bjork I'd make a dress as beautiful as her mind. Not sure what I would make Kelly, but it would definitely be colorful and fun!
Q: Favorite supermodel muse?
A: Andrej Pejic is amazing.
Q: If you had to name your label, you'd call it...
A: WORLD of JAS and PRETTY SNAKE
Q: If you weren't designing, you'd be...
A: A food chemist or something in the sciences.
Q: Places/cultures you wish you could design for?
A: It would be cool to be a fashion designer during ancient times for Cleopatra.
Q: Dream place to set up your business?
A: Paris or Antwerp.
Q: Websites that feature your work?
A: www.WORLDofJAS.com, www.Prettysnake.com, www.etsy.com/shop/PrettySnake, prettysnake.tumblr.com/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pretty-Snake/168483893191498, http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-of-JAS/175198495831325?ref=hl
Q: How were you described as a kid?
A: The Renaissance man.
Q: How are you described by your family and friends?
A: Hopefully the same!
Q: Why do you think you're easy to live with?
A: I make really good cakes, cookies and random baked goods, but sometimes I don't clean up so fast.
Q: Favorite hangout?
A: The mallllllllllllll.
A: Hanging out with friends, beach adventures, antiquing, thrifting, road trips, going to new restaurants.
Q: Favorite movies and TV shows?
A: Movies: "Xanadu," "Clueless," "The Fourth Kind," "8mm" and anything by David Lynch, Lucio Fulci and Shion Sono. TV: "RuPaul`s Drag Race," "Workaholics," "American Horror Story," "Daria," "The Walking Dead," "Revenge," "90210" (original), "Saved by the Bell."
Q: Favorite books/authors?
A: Not sure, but "The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology" is the last thing I read.
Q: Favorite websites?
A: Ebay.com, http://hannahabelow.com, http://www.theconnoisseurofcute.com, http://jimdrain.blogspot.com, http://www.headmastermagazine.com, http://lizcollins.com, http://www.zoelatta.com, www.styleweeknortheast.com/
Q: Your Twitter handle?
Q: Fast food or gourmet?
Q: Cooking or takeout?
Q: Favorite foods?
A: I love all food pretty much!
Q: Beer or wine?
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: 4-way-stop signs.
Q: Guiltiest pleasure?
A: The kitty glitter slot machine.
Q: How did you end up auditioning for PR?
A: Thought it would be fun and that I was sort of ready.This was my first time auditioning.
Q: Favorite past PR designer?
A: Jay McCarroll, Christian Siriano.
Q: Challenge you wish they'd bring back?
A: Candy store challenge!
Q: Challenge you hope they don't?
A: Kids' challenges seem really hard.
Q: Your take on team challenges:
A: Both! Depends on your team!
Q: What do you look for in a model?
A: Mostly experience, ability to walk and have good poses without too much direction.
Q: Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?
A: Yeah! I make awesome stuff!