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SOCIAL STUDIES : Rosie LaJaguara // Artist + Fashion Designer

This starts out very similar to how many of my interviews begin.  That instant friend crush.  I had been following Rosie on the grand instagram for a while.  Fascinated by her way of being, self expression, and her clothing line.  She seemed like a movie star from a John Waters film, or  possibly their costumer.  That alone made me fall in love.  Recently we found ourselves out at the same bar listening to the same band, when she took the first move and said hi to me.  Her warmth, kindness, and sense of humor poured out of her onto me and I instantly felt like we had known each other for so long.  I want to cover myself in her clothing.  Her one of a kind made to order line of shirting is called "Shirt Poetry" which includes engineered prints that are developed from the sketchbooks of her travels and segments of her poetry.  Of course I want this on me.  In addition -  The brand is meant to be loved by all bodies, super wearable, entirely unisex, and completely gender non-binary.
LaJaguara’s  garments are made to order or one of a kind in an effort to reconstruct the way that people purchase and produce garments, being almost 100% Zero waste.  Everything we love.

Who are you?
Rosie LaJaguara, an artist and designer, but am always trying to reinvent myself.

Why do you make your work?
When I really think back I don’t believe I have ever had a choice, but to write and draft, sew and sculpt to try to make tangible an energy, or emotions that don’t seem to have a source but are definitely real.

What do you believe in?
True love, that animals and plants hold the answers, that time is not what it seems.

One thing you say no to? 
One thing you say yes to?
Creative challenges ;) 

What change would you like to see?
I would like people to hold more value in the conversations with strangers, go out of their comfort zones, really listen to their consciences.

Name one thing that makes you happy?

Being in water as much as possible.

How would you describe your personal routine ?
Coffee, exercise, ideally sit in the yard and write poems and make intentions (rarely have time). I like as much silence as possible in the morning and used to cherish my subway commute in nyc for reading and writing hazy poems but now that has been pushed into spare time...I worship my bath time now and the claw foot tub I never had in NYC so I'd say it's a fair trade.
What did you want to be as a child?
A vet, a ballerina, both short lived.

Can you remember one solid piece of advice you've gotten for the growth of your work?
I think the best advice I have been given came from my girlfriend. I think knowing me fully, the strengths and the things that hold me back, which can sometimes be the same, she recognized that I needed to simplify, to be fully committed and invested in what I do but not to the point that it is debilitating. To let the work evolve and breathe and not take things so personally.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Noto! ;)

Who is one person in culture that you feel is making positive and inspiring change ?
I want to choose one amazing human, but really I feel that the reality of our human/global condition, abuse, injustice, poverty, climate change is a storm inside more and more people on even small levels we encourage change in each other. It’s the small and big change you see happening now more and more if you look, the subtleties.


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