We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Autumn, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first started making prints it was actually because I wanted to decorate my room with my favorite artists. I made a bunch of different designs inspired by albums I could never get enough of and printed some extras to give out to my friends as gifts. Then, those same friends would ask for prints for their friends and after a while, I had a whole notes page in my phone of designs to make for other people. I think that’s when I realized this could really be something. It was like a happy accident.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is still growing as I continue to learn everyday but it’s becoming very symbolic. I take a lot of inspiration from different forms of art as well and echo those influences in my own work. I especially have enjoyed learning to be subtle in the details of my work but with that I’m still learning and experimenting ways to show these vivid shots I have in my head. It is definitely not easy- and sometimes doesn’t work but that is why I’ve come to love working with a team. Having people who see what you see or sometimes even can see the missing puzzle piece has been so insightful in my journey. Having people behind me in the process is probably one of the main reasons I’ve seen so much growth in my work.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Without a doubt, we are doing a midnight stop at House of Pies. I talk about it all the time- but it’s like the cafe in the TV show Friends for me. Otherwise, it’s almost hard to pick because there is always something to do in Houston. If it’s a Thursday we have to go to the MFAH because its free. Or if the weather is right we could do a picnic in Buffalo Bayou Park or if it’s too hot we could do a day trip to Galveston. A trip to POST HTX for pictures or maybe an Astros or Rockets game if they’re playing… the options are literally limitless. One thing is for sure though- I’m going out.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Everyone I’ve met in Houston since I moved here has helped me get to the next step- so I would really want to honor everyone who’s told me about an opportunity or connected me with another person without any hesitation. My friend Comfort Abiodun especially is someone I’m so thankful to have met. She brought me on to work as a producer and director of photography on the short film she wrote, This is Real Life, and it was by far the best experience I’ve had in college so far. Aside from always making me feel seen as a creative, she never fails to amaze me and has taught me that no dream is too ambitious to chase.

Website: autumnrenne.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/autumnrennej/

Image Credits
Photographers: Harry Vu, Comfort Abiodun, and Kevin Acosta

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