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Kristin Collins Inc. is based in Culver City since 2008. Raised by her mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and repositioning furniture and decorating their abode, there was never a question as to what her career was to be.

After graduating from Pratt, she worked for Manhattan designers Wagner Van Dam and Roman & Williams. In 2006 she moved to Shanghai for a design position. Experiencing the culture that was at once harrowing, fascinating, beautiful and life changing, she moved to Los Angeles where she was drawn to LA’s glamour and modernism.

Kristin continues to relish exotic travel from which she takes her inspiration. She recently designed a furniture line debuting in the Middle East and soon to be in the US. Her blog, Glitter Palais, showcases her modern, glamorous and quirky style.

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In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.

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KRISTIN COLLINS
INSPIRED BY NED EVANS
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Ned Evans (1950) is an American abstract “Surf Artist” in Southern California. He grew up in the Van Fernando Valley next to Disney Studios when there were orange groves and walnut orchards, small farms and horse ranchos. He was a Dewey Weber skateboard team rider, painter and surfer. He studied art at UC Irvine under instructors Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, Larry Bell and Craig Kaufman. In 1971 Evans received a purchase award from the Laguna Beach Art Museum. After that Evans did everything he could do to support his art knowing it was his way out of a “regular” world. He moved to Venice, California in 1973 and met Billy Al Bengston through Ed Moses. They shared a passion for both abstract art and surfing. He worked for Bengston travelling and surfing from El Salvador to Hawaii. Evans’ home and studio are in Venice, California where continues to surf and create.

“The physicality of surfing and the immersion in the medium translate into what happens in the studio. It’s not conscious—it happens for me. I like to immerse myself in the process of painting and the liquidity of the paint. Everything’s done wet on wet, and it carries right over into a similar sensation when you’re surfing. In other words, it’s about getting lost, losing the gravitational pull, or at least suspending it all for a moment.”

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