It's me in a dress. Rare sighting!
In order to tell my story, I have to also tell the stories of the extraordinary women who influenced my talent and existence. This page simply isn't large enough for that. I am a derivative of a long line of seamstresses and artists. My mom, worked most of her career in a sewing factory. More specifically, the company that produces the GaranAnimals brand of children's clothing. In her spare time, she would sew, crochet, draw, paint, build things, etc. Everything crafty! There isn't much she can not do.
Starting from the beginning, I was raised in a small rural village in Central Louisiana. I grew up as a typical country girl. Loved clothes, pretty things, climbing trees, and running around barefoot. Paper dolls were one of my favorite things along with making clothes for my real dolls. Every day was spent making random things or creating or doing something different than the day before. Two of my favorite things to date are getting creatively messy and anything outdoors.
Hand sewing was all I was allowed to do until I was about 7 or 8 years old. I couldn't wait to use a sewing machine all by myself. First thing I did was sew my finger! As a teen, I spent my class time doodling designs on the corner pages of my notebooks. Most of my clothes were handmade and the rest were hand-me-downs. The latest fashion trends were quite expensive but my mom always figured out a way to duplicate the hottest looks for less. The black dress is the senior prom gown that I designed and constructed by my mom of course.
What was I going to be when I grew up?
....surely a Fashion Designer.
But first, I joined the Army National Guard. Then, a lot of college, a kid, marriage, more college, another kid, divorce, a little alcohol and BOOM a new life.
In 2009, I opened Polenamics a pole dance/fitness studio in downtown New Orleans along with the start of my first clothing brand iNClusive Designs. It was a great run but a short-lived double venture, unfortunately. Oh....
but that is not the end. So... in 2012 I moved to the east coast after a successful audition landing a job as an aerial pole performer at Sax Lounge DC. Soon after, I found myself not only performing but creating costumes for the shows. Such an exciting experience! Once again, I revisited the clothing line idea.
This time with a new name, TA-OSH.
It is 2016 and back to Louisiana I go. I dunno, life just couldn't get right. Hopeless and defeated, I found myself right back at a sewing machine. Not surprised! I decided it was time to dive in wholeheartedly and make a strong effort at this thing I am clearly destined to do. This is my crazy journey.
There were two things I wanted to do. Sew and work for myself.