After studying the brain’s response to imagery in college, Ellen Van Dusen translated her passion into Dusen Dusen, a line of eye-popping prints. While mooning over her new collection, we asked Van Dusen what she’s digging this spring.
“ScanFont is a computer program that easily makes fonts from handwriting or graphics. I want to use it to develop a font that can be downloaded for free from my website.
These sunglasses ($100 at Fabulous Fanny’s) remind me of a pair that my dad used to wear when I was little.
Size Does Matter (through May 27) is an awesome art show curated by Shaquille O’Neal. There’s a portrait of Shaq in the tip of a needle that you have to look at through a microscope and a giant table and chair set that fills an entire room.
Brooklyn record label Famous Class puts out albums (Darlings, Boogie Boarder) and makes a zine to accompany each release. I’m doing a small collaboration with them in May using images from their zines and T-shirts.
My friend Molly and I have a shark club. We’ve made cakes and cookies in the shape of a shark, we made a shark dress, and we’re working on a book.
I’m reading Lush Life, by Richard Price. It’s about a shooting on the Lower East Side. It feels a lot like The Wire — the best show of all time.”
Dusen Dusen spring collection available at Duo, 337 East 9th Street, between First and Second Avenues (212-777-7044 or duonyc.com); Thistle & Clover, 221 DeKalb Avenue, between Adelphi Street and Clermont Avenue, Clinton Hill (718-855-5577 or thistleclover.com). To see styles, flip through our gallery.