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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jackie Sepulveda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Sepulveda.

Jackie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Voz Collective started as an umbrella to catch all of my creative interests. We began with political leaning t-shirts, painted vintage bags and suitcases. Then one day, I was standing in line at the art store and saw a blank wooden bracelet. I bought a few to experiment with and the real Voz Collective grew from there. I had always been a painter who was interested in color- wood jewelry took the paint extremely well and it allowed me to branch out and create all the wearable art I could dream up. I have now decided to switch my focus to home goods like planters, wall hangings and paintings. I also flex my creative brain by assisting my photographer sister with art direction and creating backdrops and props for photoshoots.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There is no such thing as a smooth road for an artist. So much of your heart and soul goes into your work that it’s never easy. The struggle is definitely real. But really, that struggle in honing your craft and evolving as a person and artist is a worthwhile one. No one gets anywhere by playing it safe. I feel like my evolution although it has many highs and lows has made me such a better person as a whole. I’m well-rounded, strong and have the tenacity to keep going and exploring my creative side. If you keep with it and lean into the struggle, there is usually something beautiful around the corner.

My art is also craft so there is a retail side and I’ll be honest in saying that the business side does not come easily to me. Great at color- so so at rules and deadlines. Haha. I push myself really hard to make it work. I’m an Aries so I just want to keep hitting and fighting until something works and that can be a good and bad thing. I’ve learned now to ask for help and to seek balance. You don’t need to kill yourself to make it. You just need consistency and to be able to go with the flow. Took me way too long to learn this!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am known for my love of color. Everything begins and ends with color for me- it is life! Great design looks simple and is deceiving because a lot of thought really goes into it. I really think about colors as almost people- they relate to each other and some attract and some detract depending on their coolness, warmth, tone, etc. Seriously, I could talk about color forever and never ask me my favorite!

I really began as a graffiti artist in college and have moved my focus onto the juxtaposition of natural wood with saturated color combos with spray paint. Really, one of my first thoughts when creating my first attempts at jewelry was, “maybe this will keep me in Montana spray paint.”

What are your plans for the future?
I am starting to focus more on home goods like planters, wall hangings and paintings. I think with this pandemic, we were all kind of stuck in our homes and it made me realize how blank my walls were. So I have big plans for hangable planters, bud vases, wall hangings and even candlesticks. In my world, everything and anything must be painted! I plan to release items in big drops on my website as they are one of a kind and want people to choose something they love and have it be unique to them. I’ve also been working with resin to coat bowls and planters, making everything that much shinier and protected.

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