Today we’d like to introduce you to Suvini Jayasekera.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Suvini. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Art has been one of my passions for as long as I can remember and I started creating as a profession in 2017. While I was going to school to get my Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine, I was working at a restaurant as a hostess. During this time, the restaurant was very slow and I would spend a lot of time at the front by myself. I am someone that needs constant mental stimulation at work so I started doodling on receipts while waiting for customers to come in. One day as I was doodling I thought, instead of drawing on random things, I should spend that time creating my own business doing something I love. So during that time, I decided to quit my job as a hostess and start my business on the side while I was still going to school.
I began by creating acrylic abstract paintings with traditional patterns on it. At first, I was painting because it was fun and then it turned into a form of therapy for me. I was able to reflect on my life a lot during this time and the challenges I have gone through. Without even realizing, painting turned into my outlet where I was able to take the pain and create something so bright and colorful from it.
As I kept going, I wanted to get my art out there more and allow my art to “walk” and explore the world. I figured the best way to get my art out into the world was to print my designs onto clothes since I do not sell prints of my artwork. I reached out to my amazing uncle Arosha who owns Arosha Inc, a silkscreen company in Santa Barbara, and he helped me to get my designs come to life. He even found an LA-based brand for the t-shirts.
Has it been a smooth road?
One of the biggest challenges I have had to deal with is time management. I began this company while going to school, and I always had to balance my art with my love for traditional medicine. There were many art shows that I wanted to participate in but I always had an exam to study for or a class/clinic shift to attend. Luckily, I found a few art shows that I was able to participate even with my busy school schedule. My favorite so far has been TrapxArt; they create such a fun environment and really allows space for the artist to grow.
This has been the first year I haven’t been going to school, but now I am balancing my art and a full-time job in the medical field. I haven’t been able to participate in art shows because of COVID-19, but I have been using that time to create more, which I am very thankful for.
Please tell us more about your art.
I am an artist and my preferred medium is acrylic. I began creating abstract art pieces using traditional Sri Lankan patterns. I like creating abstract pieces because I love hearing about what others see in my art. I believe that once I finish my art piece, it is no longer about me but about what the person looking at the art feels. I have transitioned to painting bodies but still keeping a little bit of the abstract touch.
During quarantine, I began painting custom shoes. I was always a little hesitant on commissioned pieces because I did not want my creative freedom being inhibited by people’s requests but that hasn’t been a problem. People that have been loving my artwork have been reaching out and have been allowing me to create as I choose. It is so much fun.
I am most proud of the fact that I have my own business. It is a small business but the fact that I can call it my own and I can be my own boss is amazing. I love the freedom I have to choose when I work and what to work on. Having freedom is very important to me because I have worked in toxic work environments in the past, some which I am still recovering from. With my own company, I have all the freedom to create as I chose. It is a lot of hard work but it is so worth it.
What sets me apart is my passion for Traditional Eastern Medicine and art.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I think our city is amazing for artists. We have the freedom to be who we are in Los Angeles and I am very thankful.
- T-shits are $25.00
- Hats are $22.00
- Crop Tops are $33.00
- Custom shoes are $220.00+
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