Chelsea Jackson

STW2020_CHELSEA_JACKSON

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

I am more than a visual artist. In my free time, you can catch me watching cartoons, jotting down any doodles or ideas I have, listening to new music, running — a lot and fast, taking nature walks/hikes, going out with my friends, online shopping, learning yummy recipes, and overthinking! Growing up, I loved to explore nature, then spend hours making slideshows and cool designs in Microsoft PowerPoint. It wasn’t until college that I was able to bring back the childlike essence and viewpoint of my creativity and embed it into my work. Through fashion and the arts, I can manifest my spiritual gifts into a tangible form that I am able to share with others. I value shaping my goals not based on accolades or egos or what’s considered prestigious, but on the processes I enjoy. That’s who I am and what I stand for.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Las Vegas NV

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Morning person!

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
YouTube

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
SpongeBob

FAVORITE PODCAST?
Creative Pep Talk

FAVORITE BOOK?
Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy by James Williams

FAVORITE MOVIE?
The Prince of Egypt

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
It’s a tie among jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis, photographer Carrie Mae Weems, and portrait painter Barkley L. Hendricks

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
GirlTrek, a health nonprofit for African American women and girls

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Sewing and making clothing

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Vannga Nguyen (Reverie) and the Golden Launch Kia Dyson

AREA OF SPECIALTY?
Clothing design

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Botanist/farmer

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
Howard University allows me to cultivate my identity in a space where I am truly represented; opportunities are not denied because of my blackness.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Never take ‘No’ from someone who can’t tell you ‘Yes.’

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