Welcome to another Featured Female Maker. For July and August we are featuring Latoya Ralliford. Latoya is a incredibly talented artist in many mediums and digital formats. Her work will be set up in the shop through August and available on our website.
Continue reading to learn a little bit more about Latoya!
How did you get into your craft or hobby?
I have been an artist since I was able to hold my first paint brush. Over time I naturally, explored different areas of art.
Who has been your biggest mentor or role model?
Bob Ross and various art teachers along the way. For fashion, my Lecturer Elena was my biggest influence.
What has been the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome?
Trusting my abilities to go professional with this craft.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Going professional and devoting 100% of my time to developing this business.
Tell us something on your bucket list
Traveling around the world with a sketch pad, to sketch what I see as well as to purchase different fabrics from each region I visit.
What advice do you have for other female makers?
Trust your own abilities and know that you are more than capable of building your dreams.
What is the most frustrating thing about being a small business owner?
I wear all the hats in the business.
How do you "treat yo self?'
Going on a mini trailhead adventure with my pup
Share an embarrassing moment
My first fashion show for college, my design was so complicated, it took almost an hour getting the model into the outfit.
Favorite show or podcast to binge while you work?
The Simpsons and Naruto
Your go to song to get you pumped up
Soca Music or UK Garage Music
Where do you get inspiration?
The depths of my imagination - random objects or experiences or feelings
If you could have any super power what would it be?
To transfer all of my ideas that form in my imagination into reality with just a single thought.
If you could give your past self any advice, what would it be?
We are not obligated to live a 9-5 routine. We are free to build our own schedules and lifestyles that best suit us.
When you face a creative block how do you work through it?
Go hiking or change my environment for a day. I noticed that creative blocks come when I am bound to the mundane. For creativity to flow I need to switch things up, whether go to a movie or go on a random trip somewhere I haven't gone to before or rarely go to.