Q&A: Grace Miceli of Art Baby Girl on Quitting Her Day Job to Work As an Artist
With 45,700 followers on Instagram all thanks to her art and aesthetic, Grace Miceli, 27, is living the dream.
She recently quit her day job in retail to follow her true calling: living the Art Baby Girl lifestyle full time. Her Instagram will inspire you to create — and her Art Baby hats and Drake-inspired sweatshirts will have you whipping out your credit card to make a purchase.
She told us all about being a Girl At Night On the Internet, touring with her art, and her style rules for spring.
What’s your typical day like and what exactly does your job consist of?
When I’m home in New York I usually wake up, check my emails, and start drawing in bed before I have to start running errands in the city — prepping for shoots or doing interviews, etc.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently on tour with Alt Space (a gallery in Brooklyn) we are taking an art exhibition (curated by me) on the road with the Alt Space pop-up shop and featuring local musicians & artists along the way. Our upcoming stops include Rhinoceropolis in Denver on March 3; SXSW in Austin with Alt Citizen and Burger Records on March 18; and Salon in Chicago on March 24. And I did a collaboration with Print All Over Me that was released on Feb. 25.
How did you get your start as an artist? What was your big break when you realized you could actually do it for real?
I’ve had my art/clothing/curating side hustle for 5+ years but it has only been 3 months since I was able to quit my full-time day job and pursue it seriously. It took me a while to figure out how to do what I love and get paid for it. Most people don’t fall into a career in art or fashion without someone else paying their bills.
I don’t think I had a big break, I’ve been building my brand in some way since I was about 21 and slowly more and more people started paying attention to me. I’m still freaked out that I’m doing all of this. I’m going to try my best to keep it going.
You move seamlessly between art and fashion with your work and your merch. What’s the main difference between these two worlds?
I’m not really a part of either of those worlds, and I’m not sure I want to be. They’re essentially both luxury retail. I want to create a more accessible world that’s a hybrid of both and right now the brands and artists I’m working with have the same vision.
Tell us a story: what’s the most fun you’ve ever had on the job?
Sitting in my bed alone all day hunched over my laptop answering emails and drawing while listening to Justin Bieber, it’s really fun! But jokes aside, the moments I live for are during openings or events talking to young artists who feel inspired to keep creating because I’m giving them a space to showcase their efforts, I don’t know if that’s “fun” but it’s why I’m doing all of this.
What’s one style rule you’re currently sticking to?
Big gold hoops, every day, no matter what.
Are there any trends coming up for spring that you’re really excited about?
Embracing unisex items, the use of metal fonts, designer sweatsuits & vape pens as accessories.
What’s one thing that never goes out of style?
You seem to love Drake. What’s your favorite Drake song and why?
“My Side” because sometimes you just have to listen to it on repeat 5x in a row and try not to cry on the M train because you realize you’re Drake and every dude you’ve dated is Rihanna.