Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tomorrow's Talent- Fashion

Michelle B. 

I was fortunate to interview an up and coming fashion designer named Michelle from Jamaica, Queens. Currently, Michelle is a Senior at Philadelphia University, majoring in Fashion Design.

Check out my interview with Michelle:

1. How did you know fashion was the way for you?
I became interested in fashion when I was a sophomore in high school. I always loved to draw and experiment with different mediums for creating art. At first, I just loved to shop and dress up on the dress down days my high school held every once a month.  During my junior year I took a high school non credit courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology. This was when I first learned how to sew. Sewing at first was a difficult task, but I got used to it and learned that designers have to appreciate the way things are made in order to create them. After learning how to sew and draw, I fell in love with the artistic and creative element fashion has on the way people dress and present themselves. It was then that I wanted to pursue this for a living. In all, I couldn’t picture myself taking up anything else other than fashion design. 

2. What inspires your designs?

Music. I can truly admit that I am a music junkie. I love everything from old school hip hop to popular classical pieces. I would often listen to a song, and in my head it would create a mood, a place, a setting, and in fashion, clothes can relate to the way we feel, just like music. Whenever I design anything, I always come up with a concept, which is a visual interpretation of my inspiration. I have many concepts that derived from songs and movies, which are the two things I love most. Every time I draw and sew, I always need music to keep me going.

3. Was it easy for you to take the fashion route, even though some people think the industry is a hit or miss? Who supported you?

No, it was far from easy for me. In getting through the fashion design program at Philadelphia University was a very arduous journey. I have seen many strive and I have seen some fail. Many people have doubted me, and told me negative things about the industry, but through the support of my mother, sister, and truthful friends, I was able to reach where I stand today.
From my perspective, fashion is not always a “hit or miss” industry. There are so many opportunities to becoming successful in the fashion industry. One can design clothes for a big name company or start out with a small local business. I also know many people who have taken up the opportunity to start their own business, and sell their designs online, at a boutique, or make custom garments from their home. The fashion industry also has many fields to choose from, such men’s and women’s wear, children’s wear, lingerie and many other fields. In order for me to find my route in fashion, I had to ask myself “What kind of designer are you?” I later discovered that I have a taste for the contemporary juniors market; delivering something new to urban fashion. 

4. What's art to you?
 Art is the expression of one’s inner feelings, personality, and the world we live in today. Art is a short word that can be expressed in many different ways, such as poetry, painting, sculpture, music, dance, clothing, and even the way people communicate can be considered a form of art. As a designer, I look at fashion as a form of art people can wear daily. Everything from graphic tees to haute couture gowns is art. If it wasn’t for art, fashion would be very generic and non distinctive. In the world we live in today, we are surrounded by art on a daily basis, everything from company logos to the one dollar bill are artistic expressions.

5How did you meet Tim Gunn (Project Runway) and did meeting him change your perspective of the fashion industry?

I met him at an event my internship was having in the summer (2009). He gave a speech on how he looked at the fashion industry and how he achieved the position he holds today. Meeting him motivated me to become a better designer, and to never give up on my dream of becoming a designer. He also encouraged me and other aspiring designers to stay true to ourselves and have fun in the industry, and to take risks and know that risk taking is what makes us better designers. He also told me that in order for me to make the best of my internship I have to be like a sponge and absorb everything you learn and what is given to you. 

6. Where do you see yourself and your fashion 5 or 10 years from now?

Five to ten years from now, I can picture myself aspiring to own a boutique. Before I pursue this goal, I would want to have some experience on the business side of the fashion industry, since I am more in touch with the design side of it. I always wanted to open a boutique, because, having my own business would be a great way for people to see how I express myself through fashion/clothing as a form of art, and not just as something people wear everyday. I also love to dress people and make people feel great about themselves through the way they dress. I can also picture myself being a stylist, by empowering the self esteem of young men and women through fashion.

7. What would you like to say to the young inspiring fashion designers who are skeptical to enter this industry?

Be confident and self motivated in everything you do. In life, confidence is key, because through confidence, no one can tell you what you can't do. When I wanted to become a fashion designer, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I have come across times when I felt this industry was not for me, but I had a true passion for fashion and through hard work, great work ethic and determination, I learned that I can achieve anything my heart desires. Again, be confident, and ask yourself, “Is this industry for me”? The fashion industry is not for everyone, unfortunately. However, one must be great at taking criticism, develop a tough skin, and know what he/she wants when coming into the field. The industry is intimidating, but it is not impossible.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tomorrow's Talents

Coming Soon!

Wings of Art (WOA) is about EMPOWERING the talented individuals and their form of art, but was thinking on how to go about it.

This lead to the creation of Tomorrow's Talents, which will interview upcoming and inspiring artist on their craft in giving them the moment to bless others with their gift. Also, having you the readers witness the evolution of art through these talents.

Some of you may be wondering why they're called "Tomorrow's."

Art is a craft that gives individuals the opportunity to express themselves which is inspired by anything and everything. One day it can be a homeless person they saw, a bird that flew by them, or the way the sun's reflection beautified a certain object.

In other words, these talents are giving us an insight on tomorrow's art through their form of creativity.

Support our TOMORROW's!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Let's DREAM together

Greetings Artistic Beings,

For many of us on January 18 we either had no work or school and many of us were excited for our 3 day weekend.
The sad thing is many of us spent  Monday, Janaury 18 in bed, running a few errands, or catching up on missed T.V. episodes. We forget what January 18 means it's just not any other Monday, but a time when people come together to honor and recognize a remarkable, gifted, non-violent, and believer in change individual by the name of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I spent my MLK day in downtown Brookyln @ the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) where hundreds of people stood in line to remember Dr. King.
The show was opened by the New Life Tabernacle Mass Choir who sang "Lift every voice." Once they blessed us with their voices they took us to church! People were clapping, swaying side to side, stomping their feet, wavying their hands in appreciating why they were there and thankful to see another day.
I must say the speakers who came out to uplift the people in the audience did so and they were the following:

Karen Brooks Hopkins, Pres. of BAM
Governor David Paterson
 Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator
 Christine C. Quinn, City Council Speaker
Anthony Weiner, U.S. Representative
Dr. William Polland, Pres. of Medgar Evers College

But, the man of the day besides Dr. King was the keynote speaker Danny Glover, who was featured in "The Color Purple", "Lethal Weapon", and "Angels in the Outfield" are a few of his work.
Besides being in front of the camara Mr. Glover has been and is currently working in aiding those who need assistance. For example, he serves as a UNICEF Ambassador and is the chairman of TransAfrica.
During Mr. Glover's speech he was enlightening us on Dr. King, how Dr. King's movement impacted him as a child, and what Dr. King would say about what's taking place in Haiti.
When Mr. Glover was talking about Haiti and what they've been through before the earthquake,  he became very emotional that he began to choke up during his speech.
The only thing the audience could do was applaude him in encouraging him to continue and that we were all here as ONE! As a Haitian-American I was a bit emotional myself when listening to him, but he did a GREAT job!
Mr. Glover said something that struck me and might struck you, as well. When talking about Dr. King he said "in the ark of his absence what do we understand." In otherwords, Dr. King has left us a legacy and with his legacy what have we grasp from it and for some of's simply another day off.

Below are collages of Dr. King made by kids ages 12 and under who live in New York City  Housing Authority. Check it out!

BELIEVE in your CRAFT!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Quote of the day

"We must become the change we want to see" ~ Ghandi

Hold on Haiti

This song is from Wyclef Jean and Movado called "Hold On"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti needs YOU!

Greetings Artistic beings,

You've been hearing and watching updates about the earthquake that took place in Haiti.
For those of you who may not know (which should be impossible because it's publicized everywhere) on Tuesday, January 12 around 5pm Haiti was hit with an earthquake at a magnitude of 7.0.
They compare the 7.0 earthquake to a nuclear bomb!
It's horrific to hear and see the images of people crying, scared, and confused in knowing why this situation happened to them, how will they overcome this, or knowing will they ever see their loved ones.
You guys don't know this, but I'm from Haitian descent both my parents were
born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (the capital).
So this incident is hitting home for me and my family members.
Some of you may not understand the pain because your not from Haiti or don't know someone in Haiti.
But, think about 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina and how that affected you, your loved ones, and your country/state. It's the same feeling in Haiti, but 10x worst because everything has collapsed.

At this point in time, people want to HELP and want to know how they can help.
Wyclef Jean's (he was in the Fugee's) organization named "Yele Haiti" is asking people to text 'Yele' to 501501 to donate $5( you'll be charged $5 on your phone bill), which would go towards assisting those in Haiti.
So TEXT, TEXT,TEXT, TEXT, TEXT, TEXT, and did I say TEXT!!!!
I'm looking into ways Wings of Art can contribute to the relief effort of Haiti. If you have any creative ideas...feel free to leave a comment or send an e-mail to
Wings of Art is all about the ARTS, but we can be CREATIVE in GIVING BACK/HELPING!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Urban Word

Peace and Greetings,
On Saturday, January 9 @ 3pm I went out to Nuyorican Poet Cafe on E. 3rd street to check out the poetry
audition for the UrbanWord/Knicks Poetry Slam.
It was a FULL house!
The environment was chill, positive, and safe with different age groups and ethinicities.
These talented young poets talked about hatred, love, being physically and emotionally abused, not knowing who their father is, being proud of their Dominican heritage, and how these facebooks and twitters are taking over our the human connection.
It was DOPE stuff!!
People were like laughing, snapping fingers, shaking their heads at the KNOWLEDGE that was being said..these gifted poets were speaking the TRUTH!
Oftentimes, adults underestimate the youth in thinking that don't know what's going on, but in actuality these adults need to LISTEN to the YOUTH.
It was my 1st time at Nuyorican Poet Cafe and I loved the comfort and energy of it.

Congratz to the poets that made it to the next round!!!
Pursue your DREAM and PASSION..don't let anything get in the way of your CRAFT.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

B.N.E. Gallery Exhibition

Greetings Artistic Beings,

I was fortunate enough to attend the B.N.E. gallery exhibition on W. 43 rd street with Brittany and Dominic. Brittany was telling me about these mysterious stickers she was seeing around Brooklyn with the initials B.N.E. So we decided to check it out.
When we got there we spoke to the host in finding out more about this graffiti artist, but come to find out he couldn't tell us much. All we know is, the artist is a male who could be in his early 30' one know's his race/ethicnity or what B.N.E stands for.
When you see his work he just places B.N.E. on crazy logos like the Burger King sign, Starbucks, Coco-Cola, and etc.
We heard he's been to New York, Japan, San Franciso, Bangkok, and etc. He rarely gives interviews and when he does he doesn't want his identity being shown. So the only picture you see of him is in a hoodie, sweats, and kicks.
Well check out his stuff it's pretty dope! Not really the artwork, but the concept and mystery behind B.N.E.
He leaves everyone in suspense....WHAT IS B.N.E? Will we EVER know??????