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June 2018

Voyage Dallas Feature

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Throughout my Alana Kay Art journey I have received so many questions. Why fashion? Why art? Where do you want this to go? Well, in a recent piece by Voyage Dallas, many of these questions were answered.

The writers there had such great questions and touched on all of the right subjects! If you recall, I posted in May about my resin story  and not too long after, I wrote down my dreams behind #ArtasFashion . Both of these worked to capture my goals, dreams and my why, but Voyage Dallas also captured how I got here and now I am so glad to be able to share that with you as well.

I really appreciated how they asked about the challenges, because sometimes it’s just so easy to see all of the great wins from the outside. I have been blessed in my business so far but here is a peek at how it all started …

“I left my career to travel around for my husband’s job and to raise our family. Those things are important but definitely not the way I saw my work/life balance playing out when I graduated college. I needed to be right where I was for my family but I constantly had this burning desire to do more. I knew I was capable but I also needed to be flexible for the changes we were all going through. I stayed plugged in through volunteering, leadership training, and any side hustle I could add to my plate and do from home. I was often defeated by where I was professionally but I kept finding ways to stay relevant and push forward any small way I could.

Looking back, I see the importance of each difficult step along my journey. I do not believe I would have been set up to see the opportunity that was falling into place with AlanaKayART had I not been through some of the really difficult and dark places I had journeyed through to get there.”

She also asked the question I’ve been dying to answer!

“What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?”

This question is huge. It is huge for me and my life, but more importantly it’s huge for every woman wanting to make her own life and happiness.

Here is a little peek of what I said:

“Women today are thinking outside of the box, really trying to go for the do-it-all lifestyle but with that comes many sideways looks or people not taking you seriously…” but, “There is a magic in the air for women right now, can you feel it? The conversations are happening around unequal pay, sexual abuse, glass ceilings, our voice, etc., and it is up to us to keep it going, keep moving forward, take chances, and be bold.”

I don’t want to give the whole piece away. It was definitely worth the read and put together so well! Thank you Voyage Dallas  for featuring me and giving me great questions to work through.

Click HERE to read the entire story.

BiG Collaboration | Celeste

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It’s not every day that you get to work with amazing people and connect your work with the community. I think that’s part of why March was such an exciting time for me and Alana Kay Art; the success of the BiG Art Auction still blows me away. Don’t remember what I’m talking about? Check out the blog about our first collaboration project here. Well, if you haven’t noticed the collaboration isn’t done yet! I’m excited to share with you the first BiG inspired collection: the Celeste Collection.

You may remember this painting from the auction; the citizens of this amazing community worked with me in my studio and we created this amazing piece and the colors and movement still give me chills. Like many of the other pieces I’ve worked with, I couldn’t stand to let the piece be sold and never seen again by me or the Brookwood in Georgetown citizens, so we just had to turn their art into fashion! You can’t let a good thing go.

On my website, you’ll find Celeste skirts, scarves, pillows and leggings ready to sell and the best part is that we will give 20% of the proceeds back to BiG. That’s what is so amazing about this project, the products are more than leggings, skirts etc. The products are representations of these citizens hard work to change the image that society has tried to create for them. The funds we raised at the event were amazing and hopefully will result in amazing things for the community, but what I love about our continued work together is that the giving doesn’t have to stop at the auction AND we can create something so meaningful. For example, meet Kylie. She is a citizen at Brookwood in Georgetown that worked with me on the Celeste piece; Kylie is so proud – as she should be – of what she created and of the impact it can have on her community. Prints with a story or with a meaningful past are hard to come by – especially when most are digitally created – and that is part of what makes #artasfashion so worthwhile.

If you’re able to drive to Georgetown, you’re also able to purchase these products in the BiG Shop and see their community! They have so many great products created by the citizens including the Celeste collection items: serving tray, leggings, skirt, stationary, and scarves. While you’re there you could sample something from their café or learn more about their mission; it is amazing to see how they are trying to change the world’s view of adults with special abilities. I don’t have to tell you how talented these people are, you can see it for yourself in their beautiful artwork and other products at Brookwood in Georgetown.

On top of our Celeste Collection, the store now has two commissioned pieces, one is called Morning Glory and the other is Glide. These were created more recently in a makeshift studio at Brookwood in Georgetown with the citizens and all of the proceeds of these paintings will go right back to the @brookwood_in_georgetown community!

There is so much to say about this community and our work together that is just hard to put into words. They have been such an amazing part of my life and work recently and I can’t wait to share what we have in store next!

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