Date
July 11 2014
Written By
Josey Orr
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Forge Your Own Path: 1924 US

Christian, tell me a little about yourself and what you do.
1924 is a conceptual brand focused on practicality, aesthetics and an ability to support others through these things. Through it as an outlet, I have been able to illustrate, hunt for goods, meet story-tellers and go places I had never thought myself to go, (cough, Houston...) But it's been such a great ride. 

When were you born, where?
Typically, I avoid this question, but I was born in '92 and in Virginia, moved to Oregon when I was 5, and spent the majority of my life there. 

What were your hobbies growing up?
Working, haha. Believe it or not, my brothers and I grew up doing a lot of the things that are portrayed through the works I do. Including drawing, camping, lots of wood-cutting for Pops.  

Did you go to college?
For nearly 4 years, so close to graduating, I decided I had a good thing goin' took a chance and went knuckles to the grinding stone with 1924. 
 

Why did you choose this path?
I saw what an impact aesthetically i was able to have through the use of multiple mediums, something that was shaping how people viewed goods, art, and lifestyle and I was determined to keep that alive, even if it takes sleeping on a couch here or there.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
"Ehh, so sometimes ya fuck it up, what're you gonna do?" 
 

What’s the best piece of advice you could give? To a fellow creative?
As long as you are realistic with your work, you will never feel disingenuous. 

Why do you feel Made in America is so important?
I'm glad I get to speak up about this. Made in America is a great movement because we have shifted so greatly from the early 1900's (hence the name) to now in that we are accepting of what so many of my peers call, "a throw-away-culture". We are so quick to accept the new and disregard the old, and there is a core group of people, through the use of creativity, admiration and adhering to a lifestyle, who are keeping that trade alive. Bringing that small-batch, hand-forged, made in America ideal is going to throw a wrench in the throw-away generation.
However, made in America is not the only way to go about it to keep this ideal alive. Well-made comes from all over the world, not just one place. We have to acknowledge that America in its worthwhile return to making goods does not displace the well-made goods that come from other countries, peoples and cultures. More than just a movement, I wish this to be a lifestyle that comes back strong for all of us and becomes a norm rather than 
a topic talked about in interviews. 

To see more of Christians work head on over to 1924.us

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