While you walk by many pigeons per day, Angelique Bolin is inspired by them to create art. Collectiv is proud to have her unique works for sale at the shop. If you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind, Angelique is making it. Here’s a little bit about her business and the playlist she recommends creating to!
1) What makes your company unique?
Almost everything I make is pigeon related! People seem to either love it or not get it. Or sometimes people buy my work as gag gifts for pigeon haters.
2) How did you start making?
I started making as a child, drawing all over the walls at home (oops), on the desks at school, all over my jeans and my backpack. I’ve always made art but it got really serious once I took my first oil painting class. My whole life changed, I couldn’t think about anything else
3) What inspires you as a maker?
Pigeons of course!!!! To me they represent all the overlooked beauty in the city. Riding the train and bus all the time is part of my life and also part of my creative process. I get most of my ideas just looking out the window.
4) What are two things you'd like customers to know about you?
Yes, I have been pooped on by a pigeon, yes I still love them.
I really enjoy when people send me pictures of stuff they see on the street! Some of those end up being source material for paintings. Email me pics of birds and rats and stuff! Angeliquebolin@gmail.com
5) What's a new project you're excited about?
Creating a new studio space in the spring and incorporating some 3D printing into my work.
6) What's on your playlist as you're creating?
My music is all over the place! Here’s a mini playlist of Angelique approved tracks:
Yeh Nahin -Kiran Ahluwalia
Time the Donut of the Heart- J Dilla
21 Questions -50 Cent
Stepping Razor- Peter Tosh
It’s Not Right but it’s Ok -Whitney Houston
Ascension (don’t ever wonder) -Maxwell
7) Let's keep it local, what Chicago restaurant do you think everyone must try?
Cocina Boricua on Fullerton. I get a vegan avocado jibarito with arroz con gandules and a lot of garlic sauce.