Favorite toys as a kid
Playing outside with my siblings and kids in our apartment complex. We could easily round up ten other kids for a ball game.
I was deeply focused on drawing, creating patterns with plastic beads and fashion designs. My hair could have caught fire and I wouldn’t have noticed. We didn’t have much money, so I would also experiment with my mom’s clothes without her knowing, and that might have sparked my career in fashion design!
Top tips on how to stay creative
It’s okay to be bored. That’s THE BEST way to discover your creativity. Long school or work days without alone time or quiet time for reflection can tire you out. Take breaks to do nothing!
Free yourself from the pressure to make it look “real” or perfect. Make things that look silly, crooked or even strange. Give it YOUR twist, something that moves you or makes you laugh.
People who inspired you
My parents loved drawing too, so they were very supportive and kept encouraging me to keep drawing. My mother also let me use her new sewing machine, and that’s how I taught myself to sew. My mom’s dad always taught himself how to use new tools to create things. I inherited his “Wow, that looks interesting! I have to try that”-genes.
My art teacher was incredible. She taught me new drawing tools and techniques and introduced me to endless new ways of improving my skills.
Places that inspired you
I come from a working class family, so art school wasn’t the first thing that popped up in my head when thinking of my job in the future. But I had a friend in school who wanted to become a designer, and I thought it sounded perfect for me, too. I’m not sure I would have thought about going to art school if it wasn't for her.
What does creativity mean to you?
Life is not about being perfect and neither is creativity. There are many ways you can be creative, and maybe you don’t realize it. Maybe we’re all born creative, and some us just never grow up.
And most people have a strong desire to focus on something they’re passionate about. But you have to carve out time and space for it. That gets harder as you grow up. I try not worry so much about the dust bunnies playing tag while I’m sewing. That’s just how it is.
Favorite thing to build with six bricks
A duck! Or a frog.