when my boyfriend peter and i are together we must look pretty funny. he’s always in his black or olive green (maybe even brown) rockin’ guitar god gear and i’m in my technicolor 60s/70s mescalin-fuelled dream coats. under those crazy opposite looking things we’re very much the same, but you can imagine my surprise when our worlds collided this morning and he shared the work of sean yseult with me. i’ll let him fill you in on her background:
I first became aware of Sean Yseult in the early 90s. White Zombie were on the cover of a magazine called Guitar School (don’t look for it, it ain’t around no more) and even though their guitarist J Yuenger was pretty cool, Sean was even cooler. The hair, the clothes, the sticker-covered bass… all awesome. What made her super-cool to me though was that in addition to her driving bass style, she also had a background in visual design (the internets tell me she earned a degree in graphic design from Parsons The New School for Design and also studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts). As a musician I’ve always been pretty visually motivated (‘Dude, that guitar sound is pretty sweet but it needs more vermillion and an iridescent topcoat’) and and I tended to gravitate toward musicians with a history in the visual arts. By the way, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all art school guys and they were all in The Yardbirds. Neat.
After White Zombie split in up 1998, Yseult played bass in a variety of bands, including Famous Monsters, Rock City Morgue and even a stint with The Cramps. She now divides her time between New York City and New Orleans, and parcels her creative energy out between playing music and designing scarves for her company Yseult Designs. By the way, she’s also putting the finishing touches on a book, I’m In The Band, which will be out in early December through Soft Skull Press.
ah they’re too cool! its not often that you see good contemporary psychedelia and these really do it for me. there is enough of that awesome peter max/pucci inspiration to give them vintage cred, but also the hand-drawn style gives them a contemporary edge. click here for more designs and information.