Laetitia Rouget, French Designer and Artist On Upcycling Materials for Art, Her Wellness, and Aligning with her Dreams.

This week on ATEM we featured up and coming artist @shoopy.studio . Laetitia Rouget is a French creative living in East London. Favored by tastemakers from Vogue and Town and Country, Rouget’s art studio is named after her nickname for her husband: Shoopy Studio . Laetitia’s work is all about celebrating women and female form as well as sustainability, with all of her interior pieces focusing around recycling materials and fabrics she already owns.

We talk about her journey as an artist, how sustainability and womanhood informs her art practice, and her thoughts on mental health and anxiety.

Freakquencee, Artist and Community Influencer on Manifesting Personal Affirmations, Trauma Shaping Life, and Mental Health in Relation to Family

Up and coming hip-hop, funk, and soul artist and community force, Freakquencee talks wellness and mental health: why she evangelizes the use of affirmations, why she is such a proponent of hugging as a performer, and her experience of healing from physical and sexual trauma. We chat about how she has spent the last years using her unique gifts and story to inspire and uplift others. 

Seo Hye Lee, Sound Artist: Navigating Her Unique Sonic Identity, Owning Sound and Illustration to Experiment With New Forms of Narrative, and Hearing Loss

Seohye Lee is a multidisciplinary artist from South Korea, living and working in Berlin.
Seohye uses the mediums of sound and illustration to experiment with new forms of narrative, creating playful pieces that challenge the idea of listening. Drawing inspiration from her hearing loss experience, Seohye aims to show the difference between hearing and listening; regardless of your hearing skill, one can always listen in variety of ways. Coming to terms with her own sonic identity led her to take ownership of sound by incorporating it into her practice. At ATEM Life, Seohye talks about mental health, grounding her artistic voice, and inclusivity & diversity amongst the artist community in Berlin.

Iulian Circo, Co-Founder, Proof of Impact

“We see purpose as a transformational element that is defining the identity of a whole new generation. Young people are aware of the importance of social and environmental impact and see them as existential topics. They define their identity through purpose and authenticity, and this will change global economic frameworks fundamentally. We are passionate by the possibility of building viable financial products for this generation. Investment products that are underwritten by impact. Not by impact narratives or theoretical models. But by real, verified events. Both of us had various attempts at defining such models in the past. The emergence of blockchain technology provided a technical solution to some of the structural problems that come with this model. We could now use impact verification as a proof of work for a new type of financial asset. The timing was perfect, so we pulled the trigger and embarked on this wonderful journey.”

Samantha Huggins, Marketing Consultant & Adjunct Professor, New York University

Is there is such a thing as being too open?

“I believe there is a difference between being vulnerable and being open. To me being vulnerable means allowing yourself to have a human connection, being open means over sharing. I do think there is such a thing as over sharing, especially in today’s social media era. Ironically there are many people being open but not emotionally connecting. I do not however believe that there is such a thing as being too vulnerable because having human connections with each other is why we are here.”

Chanel Tyler, Estée Lauder Director of Local & Cultural Relevancy: On Her Wellness Regimen, Inclusion & Diversity, Fighting Tokenism, and the Power of Communal Empowerment

“I focus specifically on the North America market and for me it’s important that women of color not just feel included but to also feel a part of, feel a sense of belonging, feel truly seen. Everything I do is led with that being the priority. I want to continue to see beauty brands move far beyond tokenism, I want to see women of color also be known and seen as the standard of beauty, I want to see representation across ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, body shape, all of it. I want to see women of all backgrounds celebrated, their differences and cultural nuances understood, their beauty put at the forefront.”

Victoria Wong, Account Executive, Thom Browne: On Self-Awareness, Work – Life Balance in the Fashion Industry, & Her Mental Health Journey with Food

“I think it is important to talk about mental health and even more important to normalize it in daily conversation and life. We’ve become so used to hiding it from the public sphere that it’s become something negative and shameful, and as a result, it’s hard to get better and hard to achieve wellness in that sense. For me, sometimes saying this is easier than doing, especially when it’s about myself (read: this interview was a little difficult), but I think it’s necessary. It’s definitely something I’ll be working to improve on.”

Sadé Jones, Advertiser and Wellness Blogger on Navigating Adulthood, Investing Time To Get To Know Oneself, & Wellness

Mental Health, How Comfortable?: “It’s something I feel comfortable talking about to a certain extent. I still feel the judgment when I openly talk about mental health with others and that part makes me feel uncomfortable. However, I know how imperative wellness is, so I push through and embrace difficult conversations. I enjoy making my writing vulnerable.”

Jeremy Gardner, Millennial Serial Investor & Founder, on His Personal Wellness, Living with Radical Transparency, and Ikigai

Jeremy Gardner became a self-made multi-millionare before the age of 25 by investing in cryptoassets and co-founding Augur, a blockchain-based prediction market platform. Before Augur, he founded the Blockchain Education Network, a global educational nonprofit, and afterwards founded Distributed magazine, SAAVHA, an enterprise security startup, and most recently MadeMan, a men’s skincare startup. He continues to advise and invest in startups in the blockchain industry as the co-founder of Ausum Ventures, a hybrid venture-hedge fund comprised of startups and crypto-assets for social good.

Jee Lee, Founder & Creative Director of A.F.L.O.A.T: On Creating Her Own Brand and Paving the Way in Conscious Consumerism in Swimwear

We explore together with Jee Lee, the founder of A F L O A T, her life philosophy, which has pervaded every aspect of her swimwear-bodysuit brand, and A F L O A T’s stance on sustainability, wellbeing and appreciation for time-old craftsmanship (Italian, no less).