How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is classic, timeless, and rocker chic.
Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to?
There are too many amazingly talented and inspiring Professionals to mention all that have had influence on me. But, here is a list of the ones who consistently hit a chord in chorus with my messaging and design aesthetic in no particular order: Vivienne Westwood, Betsey Johnson, Lee Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren
What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
I have always had a great sense of style, pattern, and color story in regards to design. My intention to be zero waste in design and production whenever/ wherever I can puts a unique fingerprint on Equillibrium designs and products... from its story of inspiration to pattern design, materials selection, and production. My background in Environmental Health, Hazardous Waste Management, and Green Building lends a lot to my design process and Executive decisions regarding my Company as a sustainable street brand. Equillibrium is a brand to believe in, trust, and wear proudly for what is represents.
What sort of things inspire you?
I'd say as a designer, inspiration always comes from a feeling I am trying to express. I commonly use messaging as print inspirations, provoked by issues to grow awareness towards, esp. with regards to sustainability.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Sources where I find inspiration vary, but most commonly are: All of nature, music I love, the lifestyle I live and love, my Heritage, cultures I love, animals I love, science, fashion I love... things I love inspire me.
What is your creative process like?
Starts with notes, as reference for concept... then it is playing the vision to envoke the feeling and refine the concept to silhouette and color story, to a soundtrack on the runway. As my line is developed, it is split into looks that are couture for retail/ custom orders and looks that are ready to wear for wholesale.
What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received? I will have to quote Jane Hamill of Fashion Brain Academy, "done is better than perfect". As a cursed perfectionist creative Virgo, this saying has helped me move forward in moments of paralysis. It can apply to anything. Whenever I feel stuck, I literally hear that and get on with it.
Where can we learn more about you?