Today we’d like to introduce you to Faith Ibrahim.
Faith, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am originally from Nigeria; I moved to LA in 2015 to study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM LA). I now hold an Associates of Arts degree in Fashion Design, an Advanced Associates of Arts degree in International Manufacturing & Product development, and by June 2019, would have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
I always knew that I wanted to be a designer, right from my childhood. I often spent my time watching fashion networks, shows like “Kimora Lee Simons: Life in the Fab Lane,” “How do I look?” on Style Network, etc. It all exposed me to the preliminary stages of my love for the fashion industry.
Before studying at FIDM, I felt as though I already knew exactly what I wanted to do in the fashion industry, but when I got there, I became so exposed to different aspects of the industry, and it definitely broadened my perspective and goals. Now, It’s more than just being a designer for me; it’s about working towards creating a long-term impact and helping the people of my country.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a menswear designer; I just started my brand called Vrede 919, “Vrede” is translated to mean “peace, tranquility” in a language called Afrikaans. Our first collection will be out very soon. The brand consists of Clothing and Jewelry. My inspiration behind the clothing is simply to give men unique clothing pieces to add to their wardrobes that can’t be found anywhere else; it’s all about innovative styles. There’s so much that is yet to be explored with men’s style and clothing, and I am working towards discovering all of its newness. For the jewelry, I am mainly inspired by the symbols used for communication in Africa pre-colonization.
I honestly just aim to create a large impact through my art. Through Vrede 919, I want the people of my country to gain access to education in the arts industries, gain employment and an improved life overall. When people see my work, I want people to see the genuine effort put into each piece; I also want them to think about the lives that will be transformed through each piece that is purchased.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Focusing on the financial challenges only brings doubt and fear; artists don’t work well or produce their best work when they are in fear. Sometimes, you’re just gonna have to gather enough faith to keep going regardless of your many unanswered questions, which are often related to accessing funds. My best advice would be to focus on your craft first, develop your ideas or products to perfection and then, when you’re ready to put it out to the world, bare in mind that there will always be various ways to gain access to funds such as crowdfunding, or even pitching your work to investors. You don’t even necessarily have to start up big, start with what you have, whether it’s your personal savings, gifts from family or friends, etc.
Your talent will always make room for you as long as you trust it. You have to believe in your art first before anyone else can believe in it to the point where they are willing to contribute their money to your success.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can gain access to my work through the Instagram page @vrede919 and website: www.vrede919.com.
The first ready-to-wear collection will be up for sale soon, but for now, a great way to support my work would simply be to spread the word about it and support the social media platforms.
- Website: www.vrede919.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Personal: @faithibrahim_, brand: @vrede919
- Facebook: @Vrēde
- Twitter: @vrede919