Textile designer and illustrator loves the Crunch Ramp Supremes, GCAC, San Giovanni Bassista and more

Agostina Vidable is a textile designer and illustrator originally from Argentina. She got her degree from the Savannah College of Art an Design in 2013 and has worked for companies like National Geographic and Abercrombie & Fitch. Most recently, she partnered with Jess Hinshaw of local print shop Upright Press to create Women Make Columbus.

Women Make Columbus is a limited edition bandana art exhibition opening on March 7 at Columbus Printed Arts Center. The art exhibit is a collaboration between local women business owners and artists, and it will hang for the whole month of March to celebrate International Women's Month. For more information, check out Women Make Columbus on Instagram.

Here are a few things Vidable loves.

The Crunch Ramp Supremes
I've been seriously obsessed with and in complete awe of the Crunch Ramp Supremes. They are a local gang of mostly ladies that roller skate together at Skate Naked Skate Park here in Columbus. I know a few of these ladies from the local creative women community, and they are all superb. I have expressed interest in joining and learning to skate myself, and they have all been super welcoming and kind to me. I have yet to take the leap and join them, but I hope I can muster the courage soon. You can also follow them on Instagram.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council
I recently applied for and received an artist grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. If you are an artist/creative, definitely check out the GCAC website. The organization gives funds to artists multiple times a year, so if you missed the first deadline there is still time to apply for the next round! I am really excited to use my grant to buy a rug tufting gun and learn a new way to create art. A huge thanks to those who make it possible for programs like this to exist!

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Italo-disco music of the '80s
Not sure if this is a hidden gem or an acquired taste, but I've been blasting these songs while I draw lately, and it is totally helping me fight the winter blues. I grew up listening to music from the '80s in Argentina, so I am very fond of the synth sounds. If you want to give it a go, I recommend San Giovanni Bassista.

Library books as inspiration
I think it is really easy as an artist in 2020 to be inspired by Pinterest and other artists and creatives on Instagram. It can be frustrating constantly comparing yourself to others, and consequently, the work you create that way is not very interesting. Recently, I found that looking at art history books from the library has been a great source of inspiration for me. Columbus has great libraries, so go get yourself a card if you haven't yet. The library is also a great place to work from when you are used to working from home.

My dogs, Luna and Milo
Dogs can change your life, and you can change theirs. If you are thinking about getting a pet, please consider adopting one from a local shelter. We got Milo from the Franklin County Dog Shelter and had a great experience. There are so many pups that need a home currently. If you were looking for a sign, this is it — go get yourself a pal!