Architecture Student Creates T-Shirt and Visual Art Brand

T-shirt by Sean Steed for Jurèma brand
T-shirt by Sean Steed (B.Arch. '18) for his brand and online shop, Jurèma. photo / Sean Steed
Wall posters by Sean Steed for Jurèma brand
Wall posters by Sean Steed (B.Arch. '18) for his brand and online shop, Jurèma. photo / Sean Steed
T-shirt by Sean Steed (B.Arch. '18) for his brand and online shop, Jurèma. photo / Sean Steed Wall posters by Sean Steed (B.Arch. '18) for his brand and online shop, Jurèma. photo / Sean Steed
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December 9, 2016

Sean Steed (B.Arch. '18), a fifth-year architecture student minoring in fine arts with a focus in printmaking, has created Jurèma, a t-shirt and visual art brand. According to Steed, Jurèma has a long list of inspirational references and admires the work ethos of the Andy Warhol's The Factory.

"Jurèma is passionate about producing aesthetically pleasing, hand-made products that celebrate the visual arts," says Steed, who splits his time between Milstein and Tjaden halls, combining his architectural work with artistic projects.

Steed founded Jurèma during the summer of 2016 when a series of acrylic paintings inspired him to produce editions of hand-made and packaged silkscreen prints and graphic tees. According to Steed, the graphic component behind the offerings is informed by color theory and "bold optical forms."

Steed's passion for art includes ambitions for himself as well as his new brand. After graduating from Cornell, he hopes to obtain an M.F.A. in fine arts or graphic design. Meanwhile, the focus of his brand is shifting from t-shirts to posters done with acrylic paint, silkscreen, black pen, and spray paint, and plans are underway for an exhibition of his original series of 10 acrylic paintings in the spring.

By Patti Witten