Find your voice, trust your process, paint your own reality.

Art World was inspired by artists and creatives whose work embraces their individuality, expresses their innermost selves and creates a world all their own.

Gabrielle Richardson

A Philadelphia transplant now living in NYC, Gabrielle Richardson has been surrounded by African art since she was a baby. Raised in a family where art was not only an outlet but a beacon of possibility, Gabrielle went on to create the Art Hoe Collective, an online platform dedicated to giving a voice to artists of colour. As an artist herself, a curator, and activist, Gabrielle has become passionate about modeling and utilizes it as a medium for her artistic expression.

Gabrielle’s work

Art Hoe Collective

Q: Tell us about your creative process.

A: My creative process is finding something I believe in and committing myself to it. I think the most important part of art that people don't tell you is that you must be committed to the process, and sometimes it will be difficult and not always flow, but you still must follow through.

 

Q: Why is art important to you?

A: I think art is a language anyone can understand and can make an array of topics easier to express. It can be used to tell a narrative that has been ignored and forces people to listen.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: The whole Chartreuse tracksuit. I love the color and it reminds me of an eternal spring.

Shop Gabrielle's Looks

Jacinda Pender

 

Jacinda is a young multifaceted artist who is living in LA for school and work. Through her art, she hopes to communicate the various aspects of her life and aspirations and what it means to be your own canvas on display.

Jacinda's Work

jacindapender.com

Q: Frida Kahlo famously said, "They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." What does that mean to you?

A: I’m an unrealistic thinker — I’m all about utopias and futurism, which heavily influences my work. I paint my reality through various creative outlets that intertwine with each other, creating this messy canvas of work.

 

Q: What do you hope your art ignites in others?

A: I hope it inspires people to be the best and worst versions of themselves. Let your work talk to people, especially yourself; have conversations with your art and allow it to flow however it wants through you.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: I really loved the leggings because they’re so comfortable and they allow my skin to breathe, opposed to other pieces I’ve worn that smothers my skin.

Shop Jacinda's Looks

Margaret Leyva

Margaret Leyva is a young creative mama living in Los Angeles with her daughter, baby daddy, and pup. She aims to make her subjects feel beautiful and a part of a dreamy dimension. She's a rising Virgo with her sun in Leo and moon in Sagittarius — if you're into that sort of thing.

Margaret's Work

margaretleyva.com

Q: What does art mean to you?

A: It’s honestly my everything. I can’t imagine my life without it. Art has always been a part of my life. I think it can only enrich the human experience. Even if I’m not a photographer forever, I know I will always be creative in some way. Art brings me happiness and peace, and nothing else really does that except for my daughter and little family. It’s super fulfilling for me.

 

Q: Tell us about your creative process.

A: Recently, it’s been me seeing someone I want to shoot with and creating a mini world that I feel they’d look dreamy in. Then I’ll sit in bed and flush out that idea until I’ll have a location in mind or a set that I’ll build. I want each person I shoot to feel like I’ve done something special for them.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: Pants are hard for me. So I have to go with the shorts and leggings. They fit so well, and I felt really good in them. Which NEVER happens for me. Not an exaggeration. I want to live in those shorts.

Shop Margaret's Looks

Uzumaki Cepeda

“Uzumaki” Cepeda, born in the Bronx, NY, now resides in Los Angeles, California where she has unlocked different parts of herself, explored different mediums, and found a new wave, and a new style. She creates everything from sculptures, paintings, installations, collages, and photography, through which she expresses a sense of safety, comfort, and familiarity through objects and space. As a first-generation American woman of Dominican Heritage, Uzamki’s textile tableau acts as a safe space for Black and brown people all over the world.

Uzamaki's Work

uzumaki.gallery/shop

Q: How does your art allow you to express yourself?

A: It allows me to express myself in the sense of creating my own space and my own world. That’s why I love doing installations. I’m able to create a safe space for myself and others.

 

Q: What do you hope your art ignites in others?

A: I hope it ignites people doing their own thing. By chasing my own dreams, I hope it shows people they can do it too.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: The Limestone top and bottom. I love neutral colors on me.

Shop Uzumaki's Looks

Gabriela Aguilar

Art World Videographer

“I’m Gabriela Aguilar, a Salvadoran, LA-raised model, videographer, editor, lover, bff and go-with -the-flow type of girl. I hold my family and friends close to my heart and use my art to expand my world.”

Gabriela's Work

allthatgabs.com

Q: Tell us about what you do.

A: I find that I best express myself most fully from both behind and in front of the camera. Modeling allows me to express who I am and what I represent, giving other people who connect with me the chance to see themselves in my work. Similarly, when creating visuals, I love to piece together a puzzle and document the little nuances of life. Through my craft, I hope to create beauty and purpose for myself and others.

Q: Can you describe your creative process?

A: I've always found the most joy in editing videos. I love taking a bunch of smaller, seemingly dissimilar snippets of life and weaving them together to better paint a whole picture, no matter the scale. Through editing I try to bring fullness to something that, when standing alone, it seems very small. Modeling, on the other hand, is a platform that I use to be free in all vulnerability. I love both modeling and videography/editing and couldn’t be happier that I get to do what I love and be fearless in the pursuit of my passions. I truly hope my work can serve as inspiration that we can all walk through the door. You don't have to wait for someone to open it for you.  

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: I love the Paloma Bra and the Bike Shorts — two pieces I already own! I not only feel secure (boobs, butt and all, lol) but super cutie, which is no surprise that I practically live in them lol. And without a doubt, I love Terra. The other colors are gorgeous but I’ve truly always been drawn to red hues. Terra’s specifically feel warm and soft, light but powerful and I love that.

Fall 2020 Collection

Find your voice, trust your process, paint your own reality.

Art World was inspired by artists and creatives whose work embraces their individuality, expresses their innermost selves and creates a world all their own.

Gabrielle Richardson

@fridacashflow

 

A Philadelphia transplant now living in NYC, Gabrielle Richardson has been surrounded by African art since she was a baby. Raised in a family where art was not only an outlet but a beacon of possibility, Gabrielle went on to create the Art Hoe Collective, an online platform dedicated to giving a voice to artists of colour. As an artist herself, a curator, and activist, Gabrielle has become passionate about modeling and utilizes it as a medium for her artistic expression.

Gabrielle's Work

Art Hoe Collective

Q: Tell us about your creative process.

A: My creative process is finding something I believe in and committing myself to it. I think the most important part of art that people don't tell you is that you must be committed to the process, and sometimes it will be difficult and not always flow, but you still must follow through.

 

Q: Why is art important to you?

A: I think art is a language anyone can understand and can make an array of topics easier to express. It can be used to tell a narrative that has been ignored and forces people to listen.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: The whole Chartreuse tracksuit. I love the color and it reminds me of an eternal spring.

Shop Gabrielle's Looks

Vanessa Lynn

Art World Photographer

“I'm Vanessa, a Black/Jewish American photographer from the Bay Area using my lens to capture the beauty of the people around me.”

Vanessa's Work

vanlynn.com

Q: Tell us about what you do.

A: I am a portrait photographer. For me, photography is an incredible way to empower myself as well as my community. I lean into my quirky personality and differing cultural backgrounds to really instill confidence and comfort in those that I'm shooting, and in turn, form deeper connections with my models. I'm known to literally shout words of affirmation during my shoots, always making sure to be the ultimate hypewoman on set. The most rewarding thing is to make someone who's a bit camera shy a little more comfy, or to shed light on the talent of the people closest to me who need that extra "You got this!" to realize the true beauty they hold within  

Q: Can you describe your creative process?

A: Photography for me is a way to connect with, learn about, and re-imagine people with a camera and some film. Being an analog photographer allows me and the people I'm capturing to communicate and translate in an authentic rather than automatic manner. I can't just take 100 photos to get them to feel comfortable before really diving in. We have to tango first, so to speak, and then the chemistry will naturally lead us to an image we both can be proud of. It's definitely an intimate practice. I also often shoot not-to-edit, aiming for the final photo to remain as authentic as possible.

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: My favorite pieces from the collection would definitely be the Hummingbird Half Zip Jacket, the Bike Shorts and the Topanga Bra. I'm a sporty casual kinda girl and each of these pieces I feel I could add my own flare to (like a big tee and sneakers with the bike shorts, some fun high waisted pants with the cropped jacket, or some sweats with the cross back sports bra). The more earthy tones (Limestone and Terra) have a soft beauty about them that feels chill and nonchalant, whereas the more vibrant tones (Chartreuse and Lapis) have their own personality and provide a beautiful contrast against different skin tones.

Jacinda

@adultsdrink

 

Jacinda is a young multifaceted artist who is living in LA for school and work. Through her art, she hopes to communicate the various aspects of her life and aspirations and what it means to be your own canvas on display.

 

Jacinda's Work

jacindapender.com

Q: Frida Kahlo famously said, "They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." What does that mean to you?

A: I’m an unrealistic thinker — I’m all about utopias and futurism, which heavily influences my work. I paint my reality through various creative outlets that intertwine with each other, creating this messy canvas of work.

 

Q: What do you hope your art ignites in others?

A: I hope it inspires people to be the best and worst versions of themselves. Let your work talk to people, especially yourself; have conversations with your art and allow it to flow however it wants through you.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: I really loved the leggings because they’re so comfortable and they allow my skin to breathe, opposed to other pieces I’ve worn that smothers my skin.

Shop Jacinda's Looks

Margaret Leyva

@las.margaritaville

 

Margaret Leyva is a young creative mama living in Los Angeles with her daughter, baby daddy, and pup. She aims to make her subjects feel beautiful and a part of a dreamy dimension. She's a rising Virgo with her sun in Leo and moon in Sagittarius — if you're into that sort of thing.

 

Margaret's Work

margaretleyva.com

Q: What does art mean to you?

A: It’s honestly my everything. I can’t imagine my life without it. Art has always been a part of my life. I think it can only enrich the human experience. Even if I’m not a photographer forever, I know I will always be creative in some way. Art brings me happiness and peace, and nothing else really does that except for my daughter and little family. It’s super fulfilling for me.

 

Q: Tell us about your creative process.

A: Recently, it’s been me seeing someone I want to shoot with and creating a mini world that I feel they’d look dreamy in. Then I’ll sit in bed and flush out that idea until I’ll have a location in mind or a set that I’ll build. I want each person I shoot to feel like I’ve done something special for them.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: Pants are hard for me. So I have to go with the shorts and leggings. They fit so well, and I felt really good in them. Which NEVER happens for me. Not an exaggeration. I want to live in those shorts.

Shop Margaret's Looks

Uzumaki Cepeda

@uzumaki.gallery

 

“Uzumaki” Cepeda, born in the Bronx, NY, now resides in Los Angeles, California where she has unlocked different parts of herself, explored different mediums, and found a new wave, and a new style. She creates everything from sculptures, paintings, installations, collages, and photography, through which she expresses a sense of safety, comfort, and familiarity through objects and space. As a first-generation American woman of Dominican Heritage, Uzamki’s textile tableau acts as a safe space for Black and brown people all over the world.

 

Uzumaki's Work

uzumaki.gallery/shop

Q: How does your art allow you to express yourself?

A: It allows me to express myself in the sense of creating my own space and my own world. That’s why I love doing installations. I’m able to create a safe space for myself and others.

 

Q: What do you hope your art ignites in others?

A: I hope it ignites people doing their own thing. By chasing my own dreams, I hope it shows people they can do it too.

 

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: The Limestone top and bottom. I love neutral colors on me.

Shop Uzumaki's Looks

Gabriela Aguilar

Art World Videographer

@allthatgabs

 

“I’m Gabriela Aguilar, a Salvadoran, LA-raised model, videographer, editor, lover, bff and go-with -the-flow type of girl. I hold my family and friends close to my heart and use my art to expand my world.”

 

Gabriela's Work

allthatgabs.com

Q: Tell us about what you do.

A: I find that I best express myself most fully from both behind and in front of the camera. Modeling allows me to express who I am and what I represent, giving other people who connect with me the chance to see themselves in my work. Similarly, when creating visuals, I love to piece together a puzzle and document the little nuances of life. Through my craft, I hope to create beauty and purpose for myself and others.

Q: Can you describe your creative process?

A: I've always found the most joy in editing videos. I love taking a bunch of smaller, seemingly dissimilar snippets of life and weaving them together to better paint a whole picture, no matter the scale. Through editing I try to bring fullness to something that, when standing alone, it seems very small. Modeling, on the other hand, is a platform that I use to be free in all vulnerability. I love both modeling and videography/editing and couldn’t be happier that I get to do what I love and be fearless in the pursuit of my passions. I truly hope my work can serve as inspiration that we can all walk through the door. You don't have to wait for someone to open it for you.  

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: I love the Paloma Bra and the Bike Shorts — two pieces I already own! I not only feel secure (boobs, butt and all, lol) but super cutie, which is no surprise that I practically live in them lol. And without a doubt, I love Terra. The other colors are gorgeous but I’ve truly always been drawn to red hues. Terra’s specifically feel warm and soft, light but powerful and I love that.

Vanessa Lynn

Art World Photographer

@van.lynn

 

“I'm Vanessa, a Black/Jewish American photographer from the Bay Area using my lens to capture the beauty of the people around me.”

 

Vanessa's Work

vanlynn.com

Q: Tell us about what you do.

A: I am a portrait photographer. For me, photography is an incredible way to empower myself as well as my community. I lean into my quirky personality and differing cultural backgrounds to really instill confidence and comfort in those that I'm shooting, and in turn, form deeper connections with my models. I'm known to literally shout words of affirmation during my shoots, always making sure to be the ultimate hypewoman on set. The most rewarding thing is to make someone who's a bit camera shy a little more comfy, or to shed light on the talent of the people closest to me who need that extra "You got this!" to realize the true beauty they hold within  

Q: Can you describe your creative process?

A: Photography for me is a way to connect with, learn about, and re-imagine people with a camera and some film. Being an analog photographer allows me and the people I'm capturing to communicate and translate in an authentic rather than automatic manner. I can't just take 100 photos to get them to feel comfortable before really diving in. We have to tango first, so to speak, and then the chemistry will naturally lead us to an image we both can be proud of. It's definitely an intimate practice. I also often shoot not-to-edit, aiming for the final photo to remain as authentic as possible.

Q: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection?

A: My favorite pieces from the collection would definitely be the Hummingbird Half Zip Jacket, the Bike Shorts and the Topanga Bra. I'm a sporty casual kinda girl and each of these pieces I feel I could add my own flare to (like a big tee and sneakers with the bike shorts, some fun high waisted pants with the cropped jacket, or some sweats with the cross back sports bra). The more earthy tones (Limestone and Terra) have a soft beauty about them that feels chill and nonchalant, whereas the more vibrant tones (Chartreuse and Lapis) have their own personality and provide a beautiful contrast against different skin tones.