The Artwork of Allison Sims

By Mikey Eckstein

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In my travels I’m lucky enough to meet some incredible artists and Allison Sims is definitely an incredible artist.

Her paintings are fun and energetic. I got a chance to chat with her recently, her a bit of our conversation

ME: What is inspired you to start painting and what age did you fall in love with art?

AS: I’d say I fell in love with Art at a very young age. As a far back as I can remember, my mother, being very hands-on would come up with artsy activities for my siblings and I to do as kids. Because of the start my mother gave me I believe that had a lot to do with me starting a career in painting.

ME: What age did you sell your 1st piece?

AS: I sold my very first piece at a very young age(probably 8/9). My parents owned health food stores throughout my entire life. So I would always make things to sell at their store. Back then I’d make greeting cards, bookmarks and some jewelry. When I got to high school is when I sold my first paintings. I think I was around 16.

ME: What is the story behind your company name 10/7?

AS: 10|7 (October 7th) is my birthday. When I was deciding on a name for my business/apparel line I wanted it to be something that would represent me without my name being in it. My birthday embodies just that.

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ME: When did you launch your clothing line?

AS: February 28, 2016 ( I launched on leap day)

ME: Tell us about the music you listen to will creating your work.

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AS: The music that I listen to while creating really depends on the day and the mood I’m in. For the most part I’m usually listening to rap. lol my closest friends and family can attest to this. Im known to shock everyone with the songs I sing along to. If I’m painting on site I’ll listen to whatever my client has on. If I’m painting at home I’ll switch it up at times and binge TV shows/movies that I’ve seen before just so that way there is some noise in the background as I’m painting.

ME: Where are people able to find your clothing and art work?

AS: My work can be found at Eastern market. Im there for the Sunday season, which runs from June- the end of September. And on my website 10-7apparelstore.com

ME: Can you tell us what other artists inspire you?

AS: Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh and Alec monopoly are just a few artist that inspire me.


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ME: Do you have a favorite piece that you created?

AS: Every piece that I’ve created is my favorite. Each piece represents a new level of growth and new found skills/techniques throughout my life. lol but if I had to pick only one, I’d say the restroom mural I did has to be it. That was a pivotal piece in my career. I was given complete creative freedom to come up with anything I wanted. To be able to transform a plain grey restroom into a vibrant an interactive piece of work it’s truly amazing. It’s also pretty cool to have people I’ve never met tell me they’ve been there and seen my work. Very humbling.

ME: Would you like to have a permanent brick and mortar Gallery one day?

AS: Yes, my goal is to have my own brick and mortar. The way I envision it would be a multi use space. So part clothing boutique, part art gallery and part studio for me paint. I feel that by combining all of the separate studios/stores into one space would also create a new shopping experience for customers.

ME: So you have a huge event on October 7th at the Garden Theater can you please elaborate on that?

AS: Yes! The event on October 7 is an art exhibition displaying the most recent pieces I’ve been working on. Because I named my business after my birthday it’s always been a dream of mine to host an art event around my work on October 7. I’m extremely grateful to be in the position to make this dream. The event is going to be held at the garden Theater in downtown Detroit. I’m also happy to be sponsored by 8 mile vodka x born in Detroit for this special event.

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ME: How do you balance multiple projects at one time, all while trying to maintain your 9-5 and a social life?

AS: I leave my 9-5 job at the office. I try really hard not to take my work home with me because I know after hours I usually have a painting or custom order I’m working on. I organize my live with checklists and sticky notes, this is how I manage to get everything accomplished. Not sure why but there’s just something about crossing a project off of a piece of paper or throwing a sticky note out. For the most part it keeps me on track and reminds me of what needs to be done.

ME: How would you describe your support system?

AS: I have the best support system anyone could ask for. My mom, dad, brothers and sisters are the best! They encourage me, lift me up and even help me paint! I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without my family. I’ve also met some really great people along the way that have also become a part of my support system.