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Jess Angel Cuevas

Updated: May 29, 2020


Where would you rather be in quarantine?

Being in LA during quarantine has been pretty great. I'm lucky my home has space outside and the weather has been beautiful BUT if I had to be anywhere else I would be in a beach house in Mexico.

What were you curious about today?

If I actually already had Covid-19 back in January like I think I did.

What conversations did you have today?

I talked with one of my best friends today about wanting to hear more news about getting the show back on the road. You know like trying to make predictions as to when work will start back up .... blah blah

What did you learn today?

Wearing a mask for longer then 10 minutes kinda sucks

Now, let’s get a bit deeper:

Could you please describe yourself and your work as a creative.

Sometimes obsessive, self-motivated, with a deep love for lo-fi aesthetics

Has the current situation had an impact on your work process?


Yes, definitely. I have looked at what is immediately around me for inspiration. I have revisited old shoots that I reworked into something new. I have had time to spend looking at shoots and campaigns by my favorite fashion designers and photographers.


I have also felt fearless in my ideas. Way less second-guessing and a lot more of a "fuck it" mentality.

How has it affected your productivity?

When I am really excited about something I am working on, time moves fast. I have been giving myself daily creative things to work on with (chill) deadlines. It has really helped this lockdown period feel less monotonous.

Long term, how do you think this will impact your work or the industry you work in?

I am a freelance stylist. My main client is Nike so I do know there will be work at the end of this but I imagine the studio we work out of will overall be slower and crews will be smaller and really spaced out.

How are you reframing your social interactions?

It's weird, at the beginning of all of this I was into all the virtual shows that were happening. I think creatives and performers have quickly revolutionized the ways we can be entertained.

There were weekends of watching concerts and performances that kinda fulfilled the need to be social. Right now during week 7 of quarantine, I am more than ready to see and be around people face to face but for now, I stick to facetime to see friends.


What’s the most inspiring / creative response to COVID-19 you have come across so far?

I like all the fashion photo shoots made with people's phones and that they are being recognized and shared on large platforms, Erykah Badu's live Quarantine concert series and Drag Alive which is a virtual drag show out of San Francisco.

Looking back, what will you miss about quarantine?

I will miss not caring what time it is.

Please elaborate on your quarantine work.

I started with a humorous collage of things that were getting me through this time. It has everything from my boxing punching bag to incense and sparkling water in it. I liked the way it came out and it was fun to make so I started concentrating more on fashion designers and apparel brands who inspire me, that moved into combining things around my house, photographing construction sites from my car, and collaging food with Nikes. No guidelines, just piecing what I think looks good together.





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