Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I’m human. I go by Alex, or by Alexandra when I want to sound a little bit more royal.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Currently, I am an illustrator. I say currently, because I never know if I will decide to shift careers at some point. I know that I will always be an artist. It’s nice to fulfill that title–“an artist”–and it has taken me a while to convince myself that I am one! Right now, I am working on a paper sculpture inspired by George Balanchine. I won’t give too much away, but I am posting the process on my blog, so take a peek!
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
East Quogue, New York. Lots of people have never heard of this small town, but it is on the very east end of Long Island, which some folk like to call the Hamptons. I grew up there and am fortunate to have the beach to escape to when I’m feeling crowded. It’s best in the fall when all the tourists go home, the leaves change, and when I get to walk on the beach with no one around. Right now, I’m living in Manhattan and absolutely love it! How could I not? It’s so thrilling! An apartment in Paris is where I plan to end up someday. A cozy apartment in the city of Paris, is that too much to ask?
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My parents. It’s true! They made me who I am today. I’m not afraid to try anything or to reach for what I want. My mom has always said, “There’s a solution to everything.” I never used to believe it while I was upset about something, but now I try to say it to myself once something goes wrong. It’s concrete advice and helps! She’s my confidant and best friend. My dad appreciates just about everything and I admire that to a great extent. We share this quality and it fills me up. From the best piece of lobster you have ever tasted to a hand crafted oak ceiling, the two of us will be there with our eyes wide and mouths open.
5: What book is your bible?
I don’t know if I have a bible; it’s hard to choose. A book that is always at my workspace is Egon Schiele’s Drawings and Watercolors and an ancient Toulouse Lautrec book I found at the Strand. Both are excellent inspirations.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love a good ballet class. I grew up as a dancer and still consider myself one; I love to fit in at least one class a week. I love goat cheese on everything; I’m a bit obsessed. The show Dexter, I love. When I tell you “I love you,” I mean it wholeheartedly. Hate? There may be ticks that bother me, but never hate.
7: What is your raison d’être?
Take advantage of opportunities, travel, make friends, and don’t be afraid of rejection. Be yourself in all situations and put your best effort fourth to aim for what you want.
8: What is your favorite color?
Turquoise. More on the blue side. I’ve always been a blue gal.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Batman! I used to dress as batman for every occasion when I was little. I can’t change my favorite superhero now; I’d be betraying my childhood!
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Hot spots in New York for me are usually the quiet cafe types with excellent food (and espresso). I love Cafe Cluny and Malatesta in the West Village. The Highline is a location I frequent. They have great events and spots to lounge at. You tend to discover new places on Tenth Avenue, too. Oooh, the MoMa is always a hot spot!
11: What turns you on?
Passion for a craft, a language, a region, a meal.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What’s for dinner?
Alexandra Schorndorf is an illustrator and designer with interests in fashion, photography, and travel. Colored and graphite pencils with watercolor are her mediums of the moment. She enjoys creating, cooking, and discovering inspiration throughout her city. During her free time, you may find her on the Met rooftop or eating cupcakes at Magnolia’s with her best girlfriends.
Alexandra has drawn for Oscar de la Renta, Lord & Taylor, Urban Outfitters, Bebe, Emu Australia, and for W Hotels.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Alexandra Schorndorf
Design by Jillian Mercado
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