Meet the maker
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I began making clothes at a really young age. It was the dress up box that sparked my excitement for transformation through clothes. It’s my earliest memory of experiencing childlike fun and fantasy that can come from something as simple as a skirt. From then on, I've always wanted to make clothes. Ultimately what my work is all about is unlocking the potential for confidence, joy, escape and transformation through clothing.
Do you have a favorite project or piece that you’ve created?
Because fashion is so heavily dependent on product development, I really focus my love towards what’s to come. My favorite piece is one that I have planned for 2019. I do however love what making rainbow clothing has allowed me to be a part of so far, which in this social climate, is sharing a gender queer and sexually inclusive message.
What is your creative process like?
It’s somewhat erratic and crazy. One thing I have learned about myself is that I'm a great starter. I get inspired easily and my mad scientist hat goes on. I then throw myself into new ideas. The journey for me is to juggle those ideas and follow them through, which involves having a diary and deadlines that I live my life by. Although they aren't dear diary style personal entries, I keep them at the end of the year like journals because it’s a really detailed documentation of what I do everyday.
What is the hardest part about what you do?
Definitely creating an empire and stability. As a new business and one woman band, things are touch and go and there are no days off. Committing to product is a big risk but I take it day by day. Working in fashion just fills me with such a warmth being able to share clothing with others. That definitely makes it worth any of the stress I have.
Do you have any advice you’d give a young artist hoping to embark on a creative path?
I think that's a hard one because it all depends on your circumstance, but in my case, success came from just going for it! I try to learn as much as I can along the way and not wait for a perfect time when I feel ready to commit. That moment of feeling ready will never come. There will always be a scary jump and you'll have to take the leap a lot of times in life to progress. You might as well start now!
What is your workspace like?
My work space is my joyful space! It’s actually really well kept most of the time, as my environment is a reflection of my mental state. I like to keep it as uncluttered as possible, however there's fabric everywhere of every color. I use those saturated colors in my space, like I do my clothes, to not only inspire my creativity but my energy.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on an exciting project with fellow designer Cara Bloom who is a total 90's obsessed fashionista. We are doing the cutest collaboration you could ever imagine! It’s coming out early next year so definitely keep an eye out for that.