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Seven Creative Questions for Dot Bustelo, Loupe

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If you like pretty pictures — or are looking to stream beautiful images across your screens and devices — lend your eyes for a moment to Dot Bustelo.

Dot founded Loupe, which is like a friend, art influencer, online curator, and gallery owner all in one.

Read on to learn more about Dot and the spirit of her very colorful company.

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NAME: Dot Bustelo

COMPANY: Loupe

HOMETOWN: Boston

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR BRAND or LINE OF PRODUCTS:

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Loupe is a visual art streaming platform featuring artists from all over the globe. We provide an experience of atmosphere-enhancing visuals, combining beauty, provocation, and tranquility. Users can create a private gallery online, or purchase fine art prints and originals to hang in their homes. Loupe launched exclusively on Apple TV and is now available through web streaming.

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE:

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My go-to work outfit is simple – jeans with a soft white cotton T-shirt or soft cotton button-down shirt with rolled-up sleeves. Clothes that you can forget you are wearing and work comfortably in for 12 hours. Adding nice boots, a fresh manicure, and a flat iron is my way of looking like I care.

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1. How long have you been in the tech industry? What made you want to become involved in the art world/start your own business? And what is your earliest art/tech memory?

I started out selling keyboards, drum machines, and some of the first digital equipment for recording studios in New York City about 18 years ago. I didn’t specifically want to start my own business or be in the art world. I had a clear vision of something that I wanted to exist: extraordinary visuals that I could watch at home while listening to music. My enthusiasm was contagious, and a team of creative and talented people emerged around the idea and myself.

My earliest art memory? I would say the wallpaper in my bedroom as a child, with ballerinas and clowns that I could stare into and sometimes talk to at night.

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Alea Hurst - The Seer
Alea Hurst – The Seer

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2. What has been the best digital trend in the last five to ten years? And what has been the worst? 

I’d have to say that the best digital trend in the last five years is the iPod. To have an instantly updatable library of music to carry around with you anywhere was the ultimate freedom. Every new iPod became sleeker and sexier. Apple took a device already on the market — the mp3 player — and transformed it with brilliant design into a consumer product that defined the decade. That was genius. I have more of a love-hate relationship with its successor, the iPhone.

The worst digital trend in the last five to ten years is hyper-engagement through certain social media apps because they enable vanity and self-importance. This sort of sharing technology is very cool, but it’s too easy to abuse.

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3. What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve heard? And do you follow it?

 Don’t work too much and take care of yourself. I do take breaks and try to take care of myself, but admittedly, I work way too much.

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Chris Alvanas – Memory

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4. Who is your favorite artist, living or dead, and why?

This is like asking me my favorite food! Off top of my head, I’d say Duke Ellington, Disclosure, Phutureprimitive, Trentemoller, Flying Lotus, Massive Attack, Claude Debussy, Ramsey Lewis, the Glitch Mob, Nicholas Jaar, Prince, Chromeo, Junior Boys, and Bob Moses go in and out of rotation. Lately, an incredible French cinematic composer Armand Amar has been one of my go-tos.

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5. What music, movie, book or magazine gets you ready to work or brainstorm?

The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee. Any page. It’s a collection of his philosophies on life, truth, the art of the soul, and his martial art moves, which he wrote after a bad injury left him laid up in bed for a year. The writings help center me – it’s very empowering advice. The fact that he figured out something so significant to do with himself while he was immobilized is a reminder to not let any setback prevent you from doing something creative and valuable at any time.

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Chip Haggerty - Lamb
Chip Haggerty – Lamb

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6. What is the question a person should ask you, and how would you answer?

What do you want to do after Loupe?

Live on a beach and write science fiction.

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7. If you could work with one entrepreneur in the tech space, who would that be and why? If you could work with one artist?

The Thomas Edison of the future, say, two hundred years from now. It’s mind-blowing to think Edison invented not just the light bulb, but the phonograph and the motion picture camera – the foundational technology of music, sound and picture, by tapping into what was then a new discovery of electricity. To collaborate with that kind of mind in the future –someone who doesn’t need Google to figure things out —and work with truly game-changing technology for the experience of creativity, maybe incorporate energy fields that are yet to be discovered, would be my fantasy.

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ARTI - Daria Pletneva - Metallic Red Passion #3
Daria Pletneva – Metallic Red Passion # 3

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Images Courtesy of the artists, Dot Bustelo and Loupe