Design Line: Ara Howrani,
1. In last year’s Detroit Design Festival (“DDF”), Howrani Studios hosted an Open Studio Happening. Tell us about your experience.
It was great to be able to make new friends and learn about their interest in the local arts.
2. Please explain your early influences in art and design.
I was able to soak up art at an early age. Both of my parents are artists, so I heard conversation about color, light, composition and different cultures as long as I can remember.
3. Why do you think DDF is important for Detroit?
It keeps our network tight!
4. What are you planning for this year’s festival?
To open my doors and show off the art my father and I have made (photo prints), art he has collected, and to play good music!
5. Aside from the festival, what are some of the other projects you are working on?
Just working hard on my jobs. Recently, Megan Heeres (Fine Artist and Art Curator at Compuware) brought me in to do a show in Compuware’s Welcome Center.
6. What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received?
If you give it to them cheap, that’s how they’ll treat ya!
7. Please tell us about your creative process.
I like to close my eyes and get a visual of the concept. Then open up — and light, compose, and direct!
8. Can you share a design secret with us?
Always consider the yin and yang when designing so things are balanced. I guess the same with life, too.