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STEPHANIE HIRSCH Inspiring mantras serve as the focal point of Stephanie Hirsch’s dynamic multimedia works. e NYC-and Bridgehampton-based artist uses beading, embroidery and sequins to create iconoclastic imagery and uplifting messages on canvases, surfboards and skate decks. An avid surfer herself, Hirsch was born in 1971 and grew up in both New York and Los Angeles before attending Tulane University and launching swimwear line Inca, where she learned craftsmanship techniques by working with artisans in India. “I didn’t 158 | | July 2013 PHOTOS: JUSTIN JAY choose to be an artist, art found me,” says Hirsch, whose work has previously been on view at Clic Gallery and the NYFW Mercedes-Benz VIP lounge. “I was reading all of these mantras and spiritual books, but I wasn’t living them. I needed to put them to use.” Inspired by Bob Marley’s “None but ourselves can free our mind,” Hirsch initially constructed canvases for herself before a friend and art collector asked to purchase a piece, causing a word-of-mouth demand for her detailed designs. Last year, she was commissioned by beauty brand Erno Laszlo to create a Swarovski-encrusted crown in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Hirsch’s work will be on display this summer at Gallery Valentine in East Hampton.