“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ~ Martha Graham

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Funky Wonderful World of Rachel Stewart

If you're not familiar with Rachel Stewart and you're into pure funky design, allow me to introduce you:
The lady in all her natural glory, wearing earrings she designed herself. The wife and mommy says about her creative process, "“I am most creative at night so I do my designing and sketching late at night. I have a studio in my house; it’s not a glamorous life but I love being my own boss and being able to take care of my family, “she says."
It only took a few pics for me to fall in love with Stewarts' Jewelry line,
I know what my next gift to self is gonna be ;)
Yup! Yup! Dat's right! Oh and btw, for all you naturalistas, Rachel can grow her an amazing head of hair which she cuts off every two years!!!! *sighing*
See for yourselves here. Stay golden <3

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Who's Really Funky? Really Roots!

Who is REALLY ROOTS? Birth-child of YUKO OGAWA: designer, owner and creator of the funky crochet line of Hats & Accessories. Yuko and I met a few years ago when I was organizing indie designer showcases in Brooklyn. This woman is not only talented but earthy and kind with the shinning soul of an artist. It was always awesome to have Yuko on-board with a project. Still shinning, still creating, this international stylista has no intention of stopping nor should she. Unique, beautiful, flawless, romantic are just a few words to describe her designs and I, always curious about the history and work process of other creatives, got miss lady to share a few things with me about how she do what she do.

When did you start your crochet creations?

I started it in 1999 after my trip from Jamaica. I was 21 years old.

Who taught you?

My older sister and I read many books on the art of crochet and examined many hats ( by taking them apart).

How long you have been in America?

I have been in New York for 4 years and love it.

Why do you love it?

New York became a special place for me. The city gives me energy and inspiration for designing my hats. I have lived in Brooklyn since I moved to NY and I feel like this is my second hometown.

Do you like to work, create, in any special settings?

I usually work at home playing my favorite music (especially Reggae), and sometimes I crochet a hat when I am taking the subway.

I would love to have my own work space in the future !!!

(Something tells me she'll get it *wink*)

Find Yuko here...