Interview by Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodić //
Laurie Rosenwald (1955) is an author, designer, painter, and educator from New York. Her illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Vanity Fair, among many other publications. Over her career, Laurie’s work has included animation, product design, and both online and print media for companies like The Atlantic, Bloomingdale’s, the City of Paris, Coca-Cola, Fiorucci, Ikea, JWT, Knopf, Neiman Marcus, Nickelodeon, Ogilvy, Random House, Shiseido, Sony, The Sundance Channel, Virgin, Warner Brothers, and The Whitney Museum. Her most recent book, How to Make Mistakes on Purpose, which was the subject of her TEDx Talk and is accompanied by a touring workshop of the same name, gives people a chance to “create through intentional acts of randomness − a way of working that helps individuals get unstuck and discover new skill sets.”
It’s not Sweden, it’s the people I happen to know. To tell you the truth, Swedes in general frighten me. Many of them seem guarded and suspicious of outsiders. That said, I like reserved people that enjoy being around a loudmouth New York Jew. I’m so lucky I met such wonderful exceptions to every rule. Circa 2001, I tried to get residency in Sweden. So I had a frank conversation with a high-ranking immigration official. What follows is verbatim:
2001: Swedish Sex
You appeared as „Woman“ in Season Five Episode One of The Sopranos. I’m also familiar with the story of David Bowie who bought you a cheeseburger and you “chatted a lot circa 1980”. Can you share one of your favorite stories with the readers of the Art Box portal?
After nearly 40 years in the “business,” to this day I am not sure what the differences are between designer, creative director, and art director. All I know is that, as the 2000-year-old man has boasted, I have known “the great and the near great.” Bea Feitler, Marvin Israel, Alexander Liberman, and David Bowie. Wait! I think there’s a story there.