Share about the journey that led you to fashion design.
It took me a while to transit my mind set doing pure art to design for people. I think that is a challenge for me. I used to believe that fashion is a form of art me and I would not want my design to be connected with commercial. I always tried to find meaning in design. But now I realized that commercial design doesn't mean it is all for money. A designer is different from artist: designers design products that enhances people's life in addition to creating beautiful collections. And that is what I had most problem with and the trouble of contradicting with myself.
Who you are as a designer? Aesthetic? Customer? Brand? Etc.? Do you offer a new line each season, create custom work or both?
I used to considered myself as an artist more than a designer. I always try to draw inspiration from odd sensitive subjects in the society or within myself . I like to used fashion as a medium to make a statement and express emotions towards an issue. Now, inaddition to that I make designs that makes the wearer feel comfortable and confident. My asythetic is inbetween avant-garde and RTW. My brand is called Zeyi Studio it is designed for customers who are not afraid to try something different. In the future I also want to design garments that would not restrict body types so much as well .
I am so thrilled to have you a part of the EFWA Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R Wilson. Have you ever upcycled used garments before? If so, how?
Please share a little about your approach/inspiration for creating your runway look for this international show? What can the audience expect?
I like to draw inspiration from sensitive issues in the society or something personal. I believe that fashion should be more than just being pretty it should also carry out messages to inspire or bring awareness to issues.