Today we’d like to introduce you to Raven-Satori Langley.
Raven-Satori, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
These days, my art is all about recycled textiles and mental health awareness, but it hasn’t always been that way. I was blessed with an extremely artistic father who inspired me to express myself creatively from a young age. From dance and acting to drawing and pottery, I’ve done it all. I found a deep love for photography as a teenager which was, in fact, the thing that set my fashion designing dreams to the side. However, I didn’t go to college. Instead, I chased a toxic boy for a few years. After those few dark years, I found art again when I found the EDM scene in Albany, NY. I took photos for every event and started doing promotional graphic designs, but the scene was on its last leg.
At that time, I was working at a Day Habilitation Center for mentally disabled adults. The agency had a store filled with arts and crafts made by attendees. I quickly became my programs liaison to the store, creating, and organizing new projects for inventory. A few years later, I had my big “mental breakdown” and ended up attending the local mental hospital. This period in time brought me back to my art in a big way. I found solace in art therapy groups that often had me thinking of escaping Upstate New York. Two years later when I had once again burnt myself out, I packed up and moved to SoCal. Here is where I found recycled textiles and the confidence to chase a dream I pushed away over a decade ago.
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 make repurposed clothing and accessories under my brand, BIPOLAR by Raven-Satori. BIPOLAR is my creative outlet that tackles the taboo against mental illnesses. Many of my designs have written messages on them to encourage regular conversations about mental health. My dream is that the BIPOLAR brand will become a sign of acceptance and safety for anyone who needs an ally. I believe that when we lift the veil society has put on mental illness, we will realize no one type of person is excused from the struggle. So I opt for transparency and offer my personal narrative to anyone who asks. BIPOLAR by Raven-Satori also has an eco-centric side. 90% of my materials are thrifted, donated, or scavenged from scrap bins in the fashion district. The environmental perils of fast fashion is a hot topic you can always find me gabbing about with customers at events.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think our largest challenge is staying authentic. In a world where vulnerability is often seen as a weakness, our truth is our most triggering topic. Take my brand, for example. BIPOLAR can be a triggering word, but I’ve found comfort in it. I find that when I put my sign up at events that other people with Bipolar are attracted to me. They want to talk to me, support my art, and in that moment, they feel safe and accepted. Those moments would not exist without my authenticity.
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?
You can catch me at Riverside Artswalk every first Thursday of the month. I sell wire wrapped pendants at 138 Outpost in Pearblossom. These are pieces you won’t see on my website. The store is a great place to see what local creatives are up to. Keeping up with me on social media is the best way to see what’s in the works and to get a chance to share your opinion. Last, but not least, I ask you to share your mental health story on social media and tag #BIPOLARallies. This tag will become a part of a large project.
- Website: www.BIPOLARbyRS.com
- Email: BIPOLARbyRS@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raven_satori/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BIPOLARbyRS/
- Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/ravensatori
Photography: Max Matteo aka ColdWauta, & Raven-Satori; Model: Mindy Salvador; Blue tigers eye and copper pendant: Mindy Salvador