10 Questions with Marleigh Culver

Design queen.

All Images c/o @marleigh.alexandra

Marleigh Culver's Instagram is pretty much peak art gal.  The American graphic designer and illustrator has a body of work that ranges from West Coast pastels and whimsical illustrations of succulents, to artful arrangements of motivational quotes.  She dayjobs as a graphic artist for the ultra-hip Virginia retailer Need Supply, but always makes time for side projects with TeenVogue or her Tumblr page on the side.  Perennially a creative cookie, she let us into her world and dished on horoscopes, trends, and getting photographed by Bill Cunningham.  (For real, though.)

What do you do and how did you get started?
Simply, I am a creator. I started designing websites and painting early in high school. I've always been a day dreamer. For the past 2.5 years I've been working in the creative studio at Need Supply Co.

What are you currently working on?
Sometimes more than I can keep track of! I just finished a wedding invitation suite which was all hand-drawn, branding for an Oklahoma brand, and a set of horoscope illustrations for TeenVogue online. I'm always sketching on my side project, Routine Club, and adding to my list of things to make (tiles, jumpsuits, alcohol labels...)

How do you stay motivated?
I am in love with my position in life, of being able to do so many things with interesting people. I'm always online educating myself and learning about art and design. I'm just excited and I want to make things and that won't stop.

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I read my horoscope.... Freak alert! I catch up on Instagram and Twitter as well as Tumblr. I listen to the news every morning. And I always eat breakfast because I am a true terror without it. I wish I could say I work out in the mornings but I'm too lazy to leave my mattress haven.


What store do you never leave without buying at least one thing?
Good question...[there are] so many places, but I have to say the consignment store down the street. I take all my clothes there and have found perfect staples that people always ask me about. Lots of good Madewell and cool designer pieces if you're fast.

Go-to outfit?
My favorite outfit for everyday wear is my Zara leather jacket, a black criss cross body suit from ASOS, high-waisted (woah surprise) ripped jeans from H&M, and black Shakuhachi boots or blush Common Projects.

Trend that never dies?  
Hmm... it's hard for me to tell a trend apart from something timeless. Maybe trends stick that around long enough to not be considered trends anymore? I am grateful that high-waisted pants are easier to find nowadays. If it doesn't cover your belly button it's not high-waisted!! And there IS a difference between those and mom jeans.

Where do you see yourself headed in 10 years?
I would love to keep working as a graphic designer in the field. Representing your company with strong, relevant design and imagery is so important. I want to do more branding and print collateral like shopping bags, hang tags, and store displays. Ten years maybe I'll be a creative director somewhere. I'm still thinking about my path but I have some good things to follow.
Proudest moment?
One time Bill Cunningham took my photo. It was never published. I swear it happened! He's an icon, you can't not be stoked [by] that.

What advice would you give to your 17 year old self?
Enjoy your flawless skin. Just be nice. You don't have to be friends with everyone but at least be nice and be a good friend.  

Keep up with Marleigh on Instagram, then check out what New York photographer and girl power advocate Tyra Mitchell has to say about breaking into a creative field. 

WHO: Tia, Editor in Chief at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
OBSESSED WITH: 70s style Aviators
Listening to: Roses - The Chainsmokers
CAN BE FOUND AT: @tia.elisabeth

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief