Tracie Ching: Five Years as a Design Mastermind
January 2016 marks five years of Tracie Ching designing jerseys for us! Tracie has made some amazing designs across the years, in particular the sublimated designs from our international World Flying Disc Federation tournaments. Check out her story: a glimpse at what it's like to be an artist in the ultimate community! Should we call it artimate? Probably not, but still.
What was it like when you joined VC 5 years ago? What's the story - how did you get connected with the company?
How did your history as an artist and ultimate player uniquely suit you to designing for VC?
Has the company changed a lot in 5 years? What's been the biggest change for you?
I think VC has always had a reputation synonymous with quality, and that really hasn't changed. The big difference is that reputation is now international. I think VC's strong presence has been felt, and resonated, in many corners of the world. I feel grateful to be part of a company that has grown into such an excellent ambassador to the sport of ultimate frisbee.
What are a few of your favorite designs/projects you've worked on?
That is really tough. Team-wise: I loved helping create Team Danmark's 2015 subs (top pictures). And the Team Canada subs from 2013 and 2015 always stand out in my mind. Special project-wise: I can't get enough of the Dia de los Muertos from our World Class Collection (pictured below).
Since starting this job I have always harbored a dream of designing gear for one of the first ultimate teams to play in the Olympics.