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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!

Dreaming of the Beach

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If you have seen some of my last couple paintings you’ll know I love a beach vacation. It is so refreshing and inspiring to sit and see the waves crash. On my last trip to the beach, I was unwinding after a whirlwind business trip in Las Vegas and Laguna Beach did me wonders; it’s amazing how quiet time and reflection can help make things seem so clear. The trip also inspired a painting of its own and helped me understand just how much I accomplished in 3 days. That’s what all great beach vacations are ideal for right? They let us escape from the craziness that is everyday life.

 

This year I let my desire for sun and sand come out in the fashion I created out of my original paintings.  As I dreamed of my own beach vacation of sipping cocktails by the water overlooking the setting sun, I knew I wanted my art present; my art feels so vibrant to me that I want it present in day to day life. Vacations are no exception. I thought: it’d be perfect with a bathing suit, but would also be a stunning dress if you did it the right way. So why not have both? The scarf I designed is perfect for just that, it can be skirt, scarf or dress and that’swhat I wanted to be wearing as I walked on and off the sand. I think it would work well for other women trying to unwind at the ocean, too. I imagine a family at the beach and the kids are having a great time splashing around while the mom sunbaths; the scarf would be the perfect cover up for when the kids decide it’s ice cream time and she doesn’t want to slip out of her suit just yet or when she decides to walk along the water’s edge.

 

However, for those rainy afternoons when rain moves in and the wind starts to pick up, the Alana Kay skirts might be more practical. Since it’s a midi skirt with lining, it’ll keep you a little warmer against the sandy wind. It’s still easy to throw on over a bathing suit if you just need to run to the store really fast or are down by the water, but I prefer it for those dinners out. It’s perfect for when you overdo it a little in the sun and your legs are a bit pink – not burnt obviously, but pink. Pants and shorts would rub, but the skirt is flowy enough to fit the beach vibe, but also keep your legs comfortably free. It’s classy enough to work for a nice dinner out, especially if paired with strappy heels, which is a must for those extra special vacation dates.

 

Whether you’re off to a remote island, Florida or California, I hope that you enjoy that lovely night out andthe quiet time by the water. Let the water rush over your feet and remind you of the organic flow of colors expressed in my paintings and fashion. More than anything, let the experience refresh you and give you the relaxation you need.

Fort Worth Bleeds Purple

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Living near the TCU campus, I see purple everywhere! It is on billboards, storefronts, and in the clothing; this town just bleeds purple, especially in the Fall when students start to move back in and football season begins. While I didn’t go to TCU, I have to admit that purple is a fun color to use; it can be bright, light, pastel or dark and even better, it’s a fun way to be a part of the community.

Have you ever driven near the campus during move in or a game day? This time of year the baseball traffic and excitement is what I notice most and it is just so much fun! Everyone comes out in their purple and is preparing themselves to sit in this crazy Texas heat to watch their team play. Some girls dress up in their cowboy boots, but for the baseball games, I notice a lot more casual dress. I wish I could just throw out my purple leggings in between innings and say “here you go! These are SO much more comfortable than jeans!” Since I love the color purple and love the excitement of it all, I made two purple pairs of leggings. One is called “Fashionista,” in honor of the royal hue and the other is the “Purple Frog.” My hope is that these will be perfect for any TCU fan, even the young fans can wear them with our youth sized leggings

Most everyone in the area either went to TCU or knows someone that did and we made our TCU line with that in mind! Whether you know a recent grad or a long- time die-hard fan we put their favorite color into home décor these frogs will just love! Recent grads will likely be excitedly scrambling to furnish their first apartment or home away from campus and our art pops (used as coasters or fun decorations) and serving trays will help them decorate their space in a put together yet homey way! Both offer great quality and the luxury of art but also the colors of the school they called home for 4 years! And you can’t forget about the die-hard frog fans that just want purple no matter what the occasion, they would love these gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, or housewarmings of their own!

 

With Purple Fridays during football season and memorabilia in every store, I can’t help but be inspired by the love for TCU that I see every day. The University next door is more than a place to find really great babysitters, it’s a place that radiates school spirit and excitement throughout the entire city.

 

 

Spring Trends we Love

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With the beginning of Spring here, we see the Spring 2018 trends taking shape and it’s stunningly inspirational. If you follow our Pinterest page, you’ve noticed that fashion and home trends are places where we find creative inspiration. This season we have a few trends that really caught our eyes!

 

Lavender

We have several works that use shades of purples and this lavender color is stunning; it is beautifully fluid and dreamy. It reminds me of other aspects of life that inspire me to do my best work: nature. Lavender can be seen in beautiful florals, in stones and the Texas sunsets. I can’t wait to see this in stores.

Graphic bags 

If you can’t tell by all of our products and pieces… I love bold statements and beautiful patterns! These bags are such great examples of fun personality pieces. I’m a huge advocate of expressing personality and style through #artasfashion and this style is a similar concept! Who needs to wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear your personality over your shoulder?

 

Green marble

This home décor trend speaks to me creatively. Marble always strikes me as mesmerizing because it is beautiful how something so solid can appear so fluid. So, when I saw these green marble pieces trending on Pinterest through Elle Décor, I knew it would be one of my favorite Spring trends. Pieces of nature like these are what inspire me to use motion and fluidity in my work.

Alana Kay Art Goes BiG!

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I am so thankful to have met Erin at Arts Goggle 2017 and to have been given the opportunity to work with Brookwood in Georgetown!

For those of you that haven’t heard of BiG, they are an inspirational “out of the box” vocational community for adults with special needs in Georgetown, TX. They give their citizens the tools and guidance to create amazing goods to be sold in their high-end gift shop, café, and greenhouse. This beautiful organization has taken the status quo of working with adults with special needs and turned it on its head. This organization believes that these citizens have the talents to create marketable goods and give them the opportunity to help their Brookwood community while enjoying every day.

These amazing citizens have become bakers, gardeners, jewelry makers and I can tell you from experience there are artists among these citizens as well. While they worked with me for two days, pouring resin and sharing their creative ideas with me, I saw these citizens create amazing work. They did 90% of the pouring for these paintings and should be overwhelmingly proud of the finished product! You can read about the amazing citizens and their stories here [http://brookwoodingeorgetown.org/big-citizens/].

 

In two days we created 4 paintings together; four paintings that were then sold in their annual Art Auction which helps support the Brookwood in Georgetown organization. It still warms my heart when I think about how well those pieces did at auction. These four paintings raised almost $70,000 for the organization! I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that BiG does in the future and I am so grateful to have been a part of this event and experience.

 

Check out the 4 paintings we did together

 

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