Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassandra Evanow.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m an LA-based designer specializing in one of one pieces made from recycled materials. I’ve had an interest in ‘reconstructing’ clothes ever since I can remember. I used to cut up and re-sew the hand me downs I received from my older siblings as a means of creative expression and out of a lack of access to ‘new’ materials. Fast forward to age 29, and now my interest is in reducing fashion waste while still expressing myself creatively.
Please tell us about your art.
I started my professional journey at 18 when I applied to FIDM. Upon moving to LA from Oregon, I realized the traditional fashion design path may not be for me. I never registered for classes at FIDM and instead submerged myself into getting to know my new culture. I made custom pieces for me and my friends and even took a few semesters of fashion design at a local community college to polish my technical abilities. Along the way, I learned about unethical practices within the fashion industry and started to phase out the use of manufactured materials in my work. I have a large collection of secondhand materials, clothing, linens, upholstery, etc. etc.. I save 90% of my scraps and find creative ways to incorporate the “waste” into my pieces. The important thing I focus on is that the pieces don’t *look* recycled; Upcycling is the name of my game. I pay a tedious amount of attention to perfection and details, symmetry and balance. My target client is one who has an appreciation for the anti-waste movement and quality construction. My goal is to leave this world having made environmental and humane consideration a mainstream trend in fashion and otherwise, and to even go down in history as a pioneer for innovative recycling solutions.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My advice to people just starting out on a creative journey is that your gut and your heart will guide you to where you’re individual path is leading. No need to be envious of or try to follow the recipe of another’s success. I always say if you follow in the footsteps of someone else you will always be one step behind. Had I realized this sooner (not sure if I even totally grasp this yet), it would have saved me some discouragement.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My main platform is Instagram. Moving forward I plan to show exhibits of my work. Information about events and purchasing availability will be presented on either my personal Instagram page @slimjawn or my business page @ca.ev (which is an abbreviation of my name Cassandra Evanow), or on my website cassandraevanow.com
- Website: cassandraevanow.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @slimjawn @ca.ev
green/black pants (photog 36neex)
bella hadid photo (courtesy of Nike)
blue/yellow pants (photog Tima Jasmine)
blue/black pants (photog caliber visuals)
Demi lovato photo (courtesy of Spotify)
SZA photo (courtesy of Jordan brand)