Interview by Kendra Long
Allison Bamcat: Designer, Illustrator, Painter, Seamstress, Super Busy Person
Allison Bamcat wears a lot of hats. Like, a lot. She works for Converse as a Footwear Graphics Artist...
“Working at Converse was what I call a happy accident, but my friends say I earned it and deserve it, so I’ll give them some credit. Converse is known to come to the senior reviews at MassArt, and they came when I was a senior, and they passed over my table completely, and went to my friend’s table. Her name is Lindsay Small-Butera. She got hired on as a contractor doing graphics for footwear, but she
really wanted to focus on animation, so when she gave up her spot 6 months later, she put in my name. I showed up with my portfolio with monsters and video game concept art, so totally nothing to do with fashion, nothing to do with product design, but I was pretty proficient with digital illustration, so they thought I could pick it up. So I just kind of winged it.
Loral Filigree, Gouache, 2014