A Designer Whose Work Abstracts And Skews Perception With Positive Energy
JUXTAPOZ|Summer 2019
A Designer Whose Work Abstracts And Skews Perception With Positive Energy

The path of patterns

One can be called a designer simply because their overall aesthetic is so finely executed it is often imitated but never truly duplicated. Rewina Beshue exudes a certain swag, whether modeling, drawing or designing. An original San Franciscan, she is rare in a town of transplants, absorbing the layers of creative legacies throughout her young life, and emerging as a designer whose work abstracts and skews perception with radiant, positive energy.

Kristin Farr: Your initials are RGB. Artistic destiny.

Rewina Beshue: My middle name is Giday; it’s my dad’s name. It's a funny coincidence, right?

What are all the creative outlets you’re into?

My favorite creative outlet is making patterns. I like to come home after work, sit at my desk, and make endless amounts of patterns. It helps me organize my thoughts and create the work I do today. I also read that making patterns has brain activity benefits. It exercises the brain!

Another one of my creative outlets is walking around the city with my earphones, listening to music or podcasts. I like to walk around and observe spaces and daily life.

What parts of your younger years influenced the work you make now?

I was born and raised in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, and I’m so grateful for that; the Fillmore still is my favorite neighborhood. A lot of things have changed, people of color have been displaced and moved out of the city, and now the Fillmore has become more of a tourist hangout neighborhood; but I still feel so nostalgic every time I walk around there. I grew up with a lot of neighborhood kids. My parents always trusted my siblings and me to hang around the neighborhood on our own, so I had a lot of freedom at a young age. Riding the bus, going to candy stores, hanging outside the movie theaters in Japantown, etc. A lot of my work is based on my memory and experiences that I have from wandering around the city.

Did your family support your creative nature?

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Summer 2019