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Collector Profile - Sacha Strebe

Collector Profile - Sacha Strebe

Collector Profile - Sacha Strebe

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Collector Profile: Sacha Strebe

You’ll find Sacha Strebe amongst the trees in her Silver Lake hideaway, dappled lighting guiding your way. Originally from Australia, the Editorial Director of Create & Cultivate (a female career empowerment platform) recently left her long-standing post as Editorial Director of MyDomaine, moving on from a career as the interior expert to find a new inspiring path in giving women the tools they need to succeed in their business endeavors. Though we have to say, her space is still that of a leading curator; from the sculptural light fixtures above her breakfast nook to the large scale Holli Addy that draws you into her main room. Read on to learn more about her philosophy around career transitions as well as collecting.

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Tell us a little about yourself...

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I’m the Editorial Director of Create & Cultivate, but before that I was in the design world working as ED of MyDomaine. I held that position for four years and loved every second of it. I had an incredible team of women who pushed me every day, and together we created a site that not only pushed the interior design industry forward, but the culture too. We diversified MyDomaine from a purely home design hub into an all-encompassing lifestyle platform with everything from food and wellness, to finance and career advice. But getting there was a journey—I wrote all about how to land your dream job for Create & Cultivate which outlines everything.

 

When it comes to what drives me, I would say it’s my desire to keep growing. I’m a Gemini so I get really restless when I’m not doing anything, and I find it very difficult to completely relax. I love making art whether that’s writing, working on my side hustle (Stylexicon and Skinlexicon), or brainstorming new ideas with the team at C&C. I am happiest when I’m creating.

 

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What's your relationship to emerging art? Is it important to you to invest in artists careers from the beginning?

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I’m always on the hunt for emerging art/ists. I think it’s incredibly important to support the next generation of creatives coming through. The more our world becomes entrenched with technology the more we need art to re-focus attention away from screens and onto canvases. We have several works in our apartment by emerging artists. One of my favorites is a mixed-media art piece by a close friend who lives in Melbourne. He runs a vintage clothing store by day and creates incredible art in his spare time. We have several other pieces like this and I love that they have supported artists while also bringing our blank walls to life with their unique stories.

 

Sacha Strebe says

"I think it’s incredibly important to support the next generation of creatives coming through. The more our world becomes entrenched with technology the more we need art to re-focus attention away from screens and onto canvases."

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How did you get into writing? What do you credit your creative drive to?

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Ever since I can remember I have had my nose deep in a book. I was always drawn to reading and writing from a very young age. There is a photo of me at 10-years-old or younger reading a hardcover of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the size of my head. So, when I finished high school I went to University to study languages and linguistics (the scientific study of language and its structure). I geeked out on syntax, phonetics, semantics, and metaphors while I majored in Japanese and Spanish. I moved to London after I graduated and traveled for two years before returning to Australia and going back to school for a year to complete a post-graduate diploma in journalism and mass communication. After that, I applied for a cadetship at the local newspaper and worked my from the bottom up, literally. I went from reporting on hard news (we would sit and listen to the police scanners to chase the stories) to the fashion features department where I lead the Tuesday magazine insert with fashion and beauty.

My creative drive is an inherent part of my spirit. I can’t explain how or where it comes from but it is truly innate and infused into everything I do from how I get dressed to how I raise our son.

 

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When did you first start acquiring art?

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My husband is my biggest teacher. He studied mixed media art at ASU and has incredible talent. He can draw, paint, sculpt, sew, you name it, he can do it. It’s through him that I have learned about art history and the great creatives from the past to the present. We collect art together. We will text each other or DM artists we love on Instagram and decide on pieces we want to buy. After much DM’ing back and forth on IG we recently purchased a limited-edition Mona Lisa print from Robin Eley and are yet to frame it but I can’t wait to see it on the wall.

 

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What was the first piece you fell in love with, and why?

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The first piece I fell in love with was my husband’s intaglio print titled Vogue is Void. We had a long-distance relationship for about two years and on many of my visits, I would go to ASU and spend hours watching him at work on his projects—this was one of them. There is something so magical about bearing witness to a person in full creative mode, it’s as though they are downloading the creative direction directly from God. That piece holds a very special place in my heart.

 

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Favorite museum or creative space for inspiration?

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There are so many in L.A. but I love the Marciano Foundation so I’m deeply saddened to hear of it closing its doors recently. I also love The Broad and the LACMA but if I really want to get inspired I LOVE visiting the Huntington Library and waltzing through the botanical gardens.

 

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Can you tell us a bit more about your work at Create + Cultivate? What has it been like making the jump to a female empowerment entity, and what kind of stories are you telling there?

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I started working at C&C about six months ago and have really enjoyed making the crossover because, when you think about it, everything centers around our careers. We spend more time at work than we do at rest or play so whatever we do, it should be something we love. I am responsible for building the digital arm of the company and to tap into the needs of our hyper-engaged community. I’m really doubling down on how we can continue to serve them and provide the tools they need to cultivate their dream career or turn that side hustle into a profitable business.

 

We just held our first-ever Small Business Summit with Mastercard in New York where we held panels centered around the needs of small business owners from how to bootstrap your business or raise money, to how to build a team and create an inclusive culture as you scale. A huge part of my role is writing the panel questions and shaping how the conversation will go at all of our events so I was thrilled to see how successful this event was and to hear the positive feedback about how informative and useful the conversations were to our attendees. That makes all the hard work worth it. My role also entails moderating many of our panels and I have really enjoyed flexing this new muscle. I recently traveled to Nashville to moderate my first keynote with model Lily Aldridge to chat about her new entrepreneurial journey launching, Lily Aldridge Parfums and next month I’ll be off to Miami for our Vision Summit where I’ll be leading a conversation with Karolina Kurkova about building a wellness empire. My role is incredibly diverse which suits my multihyphenate personality just fine.

 

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Who are your all-time favorite artists?

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There are so many to name here. I love all the greats but my favorites are Picasso, Cy Twombly, and Basquiat. My current favorite is Clemente. His artwork is featured in The Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. This movie is in our top five favorite films of all time. I also love Sterling Ruby and Easo Andrews’ paintings. Esao grew up with my husband in Arizona and his work is unlike anything out there. Others female artists I love are Holly Addi (her large scale abstract painting is in our living room), Alexandra Valenti, Tasya Van Ree, Del Kathryn Barton, Vicki Lee, Lani Mitchell, and many more!

 

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For new collectors, do you have any advice you wish to impart? Do you have a collecting ethos or philosophy that you want to share?

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You don’t have to be rich to start collecting art. You can start small and work your way up. We always look for those pieces from up-and-coming artists or students who are still honing their craft and are looking to sell their works to support their study.

 

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Who do you want to collect next?

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I would love to get my hands on one of Vicki Lee’s mirrors (or one of her dripping rose paintings) or this print by Lani Mitchell.



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