We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Claire and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in West Covina, CA. I was brought up in a Mexican family, in a not so great neighborhood. As a child I remember watching my dad draw all of the time & I was always begging my parents to buy me my own art materials. My mother enrolled me in Ballet classes and a Ballet Folklorico group. I danced for about 13 years. She once told me that she wanted to make sure that I saw the world differently than the other kids that lived in our neighborhood. As I got older I took on more hobbies like crafting, sewing, decorating events. I remember my mom buying me my first sewing machine & how I spent every hour of the day at it creating new things. My parents have always supported me in everything I did and encouraged my creativity. They would show up to all of my recitals & events. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have accomplished the skills that I have today. They taught me that it’s okay to show people my talents and to be proud of my creativity. Today I have kept that going by creating a business of my own that shows a little bit of all of my talents. It makes me happy that I am able to show people what I can create and also encourage others to create their own art as well.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My shop consists of all handmade goods. I create things that I feel great about and want to share with others. I sew, I put together, and craft one of a kind pieces. I believe what sets me apart from others is my hustle and my passion for creativity. I want the world to know that my brand is unique and a representation of all of the things I am passionate about. My experience is different from everyone else’s and that’s what makes me stand out.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take my best friend to get a tattoo from the best tattoo artist in az @andrickaviles his studio is a great place to hang out and he has so much memorabilia and art to look at. I would also take them to the uptown farmers market to eat @rauls cocina (Anna) makes the most amazing VEGAN mexican food. Her Tamales and pozole are my fav! i would also Take them for a hike at one of the many nearby mountains. Grab food @aztacosveganos for dinner. 13th floor. Also the fair trade cafe for great coffee!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Alex Robles has also been my biggest supporter. He has been there to help me with all of my pop ups, my events and jobs. He Believes in me and encourages me to keep going even when i feel like giving up.

Also, the Mujeres Mercado team here in Arizona. Luisa Leon (@AZ lotus art) Gloria (@shopgloriale) and Stephanie Vasquez from the @fairtradecafe These women have mentored me so much and have helped me get my business out there. The opportunities they have given me are experiences that I will cherish forever.

Crafty Chica (Cathy Murillo) Has been a huge inspiration for me! She shows me that there is so much potential in just being authentic and true to myself.

Website: www.somethingseamed.com

Instagram: @somethingseamed

Facebook: something seamed

Image Credits
@alexrobles_ (Alex robles) @key2100 (Renaldo)

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