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Amy Davis is a fashion illustrator AND filmmaker, most well-known for her collaboration with LeSportsac on four artist-edition bags. Hailing from Long Island, NY, she won the NEWSDAY cartooning contest at the age of nine for her winged unicorn. A few years later, she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in illustration. Moritsugu realized she needed a push to GO FOR IT as an artist and acted as the catalyst, mailing in a 10 cent Xerox photocopy of her artwork to PAPER MAGAZINE in New York City. They gave her a chance… with the MAY 1996 cover, a 17-page color spread, plus a monthly gig drawing and styling her STYLE FIENDS column, which ran from 1996 to 2005. She had arrived.
Davis has worked with Chanel, Reebok, Nine & Co., Urban Decay, Hard Candy, Mead, Parade Magazine, Seventeen, Cosmogirl, Beams (Japan), Ellegirl Korea, and Tout et Coup (Japan), and she has also designed a streetware line for Cosmic Debris (creators of Emily the Strange).
Her work has shown at MoMA PS1, Colette (Paris), Mayor Gallery (UK), Deitch Projects (NYC), and Holly Solomon Gallery, and has also been featured in a number of books including FASHION ILLUSTRATION NOW, MORE FASHION DRAWINGS, and CURVY #4 (Yen Magazine's 100 top female illustrators worldwide).
Flown to Honolulu for her ARTIST EDITION, Hawaii-only, “Island Life” LeSPortsac signing and release, which brought in collectors from as far away as Japan and ended up lasting nine hours, her dream of being a world renowned artist had finally been achieved. And she went back to her hotel room and felt more alone than she had ever felt. She realized her destiny lay with her best friend and husband Moritsugu… because she felt ALIVE when they stood TOGETHER as artists, even though this went DIRECTLY against her feminist-only child-I’m the BEST personality. She had the epiphany that the two HAD to connect as artists to be happy. It was written in the stars. Perhaps it was/is their destiny.
It has not been easy, as you can imagine, but Moritsugu and Davis wouldn’t have it any other way. They are now one artistic FORCE MAJEURE.
What had initially been kindled in 1989’s MY DEGENERATION, where Davis agreed to star in the movie just to be near the boy she had a crush on, has turned into a full-on cinematic collaboration, where she has formulated with him a tawdry and wholly original strand of features. Additional film credits include incidental and background screams for Troma’s TOXIC AVENGER 3, as her pal worked at Troma and she owed him a favor…Plus Toxie is sorta cute.
Davis also fronts and leads the band LOW ON HIGH, in which she is bassist, lead singer and songwriter, with Moritsugu playing guitar. The daughter of jazz trumpet great Mel Davis (THE BEST TRUMPET PLAYER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD), who toured with Benny Goodman, played the trumpet solo on THE HUSTLE, was the jazz sound of most early Woody Allen films, and played the lead horn on Billie Holidays’s “Lady in Satin,” she continues in this fine line of musicianship with this scuzzy, blisspop duo.
To contact Amy Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 61773
Honolulu, HI 96839-1773