This month, our curated collection of workwear is modeled by strong women of the Pittsburgh art world. Business as usual is anything but ordinary for these well-rounded gals, meaning a typical day calls for chic and versatile pieces that go from office to opening – all while exhibiting their unique style. Of all the marvelous things they’ve achieved, their magnum opuses are the profound impacts they’ve had in their field and in their communities.
Meet Njiameh Njie
Tell us a bit about what you do.
I’m the Founder/Lead Producer at Eleven Stanley Productions, which is a multimedia production company. I do a variety of photo and video services for clients, including promotional pieces, micro-documentaries, event videos and photos, and portraits. I get to work with an array of individuals and organizations, from nonprofits, to small businesses, to creative entrepreneurs. From the initial meeting to the finished product, the cool thing about what I get to do is helping people put their messages out into the world in a way that feels authentic to who they are.
Who is your favorite artist, and why do you identify with them?
I work across a few disciplines so I have to cheat a little on this one! I admire Gina Prince-Bythewood as filmmaker because of the nuance in her storytelling, and how she consistently centers black women in her narratives. Gordon Parks is my favorite photographer not only for the aesthetics of his images, but for the social justice lens base he operated from.
What are a few fun facts about yourself?
I’ve been to five continents, I taught high school English for three years, and I have a randomly great memory for pop culture dates and events.
Describe your personal style.
My personal style is pretty classic. I like clean lines, light layers, and darker colors for the items I wear a lot, but I do love to add in pop of color or a cool print to mix things up.
How do you see style as an art form?
Everyday we draw on our personal experiences and what we observe in the world to make up how we present ourselves. I think art is taking a little of who we are to create something special, and creating an outfit seems to fit that bill to me.
What do you like to wear to an art opening, gallery event, work meeting, etc.?
My days can be long, so events tend to blend into each other. I often have to go from a shoot, to a meeting, to my desk, to an event, so what I wear needs to be flexible across those different spaces. My anchor pieces are ankle boots, rolled up chinos or dark denim skinny jeans for bottoms, tees or blouses I can dress up or down with jewelry, and a lot of times a hat or head wrap to pull it together.
Best career advice you’ve ever received?
Another question I have to cheat on! The best advice I’ve received is to constantly hone your craft, and to pay forward the good opportunities you receive.
+Check out the Eleven Stanley website
+Check out Njaimeh’s website
+Follow her on Instagram: @en_jay_me
+Read About the Other Inspiring Women Featured This Month >>