We had the good fortune of connecting with TechNoirCandy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi TechNoirCandy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have Risk & Faith to thank for everything beautiful and amazing in my life and career. My fashion brand which I officially started in 2019 was built around the Glitch art graphics I began creating 2014. The graphics began as a form of meditation for me, they are based on themes of Quantum Physics, Futurism, Black Holes, the duality of Nature, Quantum Entanglement, Tech Noir and Cyberpunk aesthetics essentially my art work is myself. Beyond the money, the expenditures, The biggest risk you can take as an artist, entrepreneur, woman in fashion design is to simply be Yourself and at the risk of wearing your heart on your sleeve. Essentially one of the other risks is exposure, during my first year in design I was invited to do the RAW show. I contemplated it, and decided to go for it. There was a couple of nights before the show that I remember I stayed awake all night literally crying from anxiety. I was coming out from behind the computer screen to showcase my work. During the RAW show a couple of the models suggested that I try out for the upcoming Phoenix Fashion Week show. Getting into the 2019 Phoenix Fashion Week show lead to another set of risks which ultimately became quantum leaps for me. When I started designing meggings (men’s leggings) there were few brands with bold prints. I wasn’t entirely sure that meggings were the direction I should take, it was a wild card for me and I decided to play it. Sometimes risk doesn’t look like a risk and you jump in only to realize midway through that you may be in way over your head, the feeling of risk intensifies and for some this turns to fear, for some its a shot of joy crashing straight into your heart and then the adrenaline rush ensues. The way to define whether or not to take a risk is to first balance your heart & mind coherently. My own risk taking has lead to all the Quantum Leaps that have launched my career and ultimately helped to lead me to my embodying the highest version of myself, I am not completely there, but I am getting there and I won’t stop until I crack the code.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets my design brand apart is that each graphic contains metasymbolism and stories based on stories of Quantum Entanglement, yogic teachings, futuristic and transcendental themes. When I set up TechNoirCandy the brand, I decided clearly that my brand would be sustainable and eco friendly. Therefore each piece is handmade responsibly and sustainably with beauty, form and function in mind. I create each graphic in a meditative practice and at the end let a quote float to mind. It certainly wasn’t easy to get here, “in the end how you spend your hours is how you spend your life.” I have always been keenly aware that death may be around the corner and my artwork is a celebration of Life and the frailty of moments.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting from out of town I would definitely take them to La Santisima and the Taco Guild. Let’s pretend the current pandemic wasn’t effecting live concerts we would go to a live show at The Van Buren. The next day we would road trip to Sedona, because everyone must experience it at least once, we would hike the peaks and then drive back into town where later we would get dressed up to visit the ultra chic hidden gem Shimogamo in Chandler for sushi.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out to all of the team members at Phoenix Fashion Week, those who helped me navigate some of the trickier parts into getting in the business of fashion especially Danya Svir and Brian Hill the Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week for the mentorship and knowledge. Thank you to Alison Callaway the Education Director of Phoenix Fashion Week whom during the Digital Designer Bootcamp, was so kind and encouraging of my brand. A special thank you and shoutout to all the Synthwave musicians whom have collaborated with me and shared their music for my garment videos and the runway show soundtracks, these musicians include AZ locals JAKEWAVES and his wife Perla Isabel Interstellar Traveler of 12th House Phoenix, also Martin Sanchez Music. Globally, I would like to thank Synthwave.Goose, PowerCyan, Oxytronix, Chris Keya, DizzyStylz and Mister Myr. Thank you to the established designers including Being Dapper and Bunny Gerrit who in the beginning offered me tidbits of knowledge, advice and friendship. Thank you to everyone who collaborated with me for fashion. A special shout out to photographers Jenny Kaufman and Kelvin Kam.
Photo Credit: TechNoirCandy