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PUSHING THE PARADIGM OF FASHION : BEV THE CREATRESS

Photo Credit : Daniel Mana Desmarat

The first thing Bev wanted to be very clear about is that this was NOT a hobby

Hobby?? No…more like passion work. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely started out as a hobby, but it soon became something that I felt led to do as often as I could.  My imagination hasn’t let me rest since I began.

– Bev The Creatress

Bev was raised by a single father along with her two brothers. She explains the sometimes she wanted to find her feminine side under the tomboyish ways. It was easy for her to just blend in with her brothers while playing sports, playing video games and wearing t-shirts & comfy shorts. Although, deep down, she wanted to find ways for the pretty young girl within herself to be expressed outwardly.

At the age of 13 she finally discovered a way. She started to cut up and hand sew her own clothing. Thus, the birth of “Creatress”, which is a feminine version of “creator”. She found her way of expression and femininity at the same time.

Bev expressed that she may have gotten her creative boost from lack of resources. Growing up her father encouraged her to be as creative as possible with the things she had and never let the lack of money discourage you. This is exactly what she did. Like a concrete grown through the pavement, she made a way to find beauty out of an impossible circumstance.

At the age of 17 it was clear that she wanted to transition from hobby to business. She chose fashion as a major and it was off to the races! She prided herself heavily on making 1 of 1 clothing. Something that gave people an exclusiveness and helps combat insecurities. Her style of choice was predominantly “street couture”. It’s a mixture of street wear and couture clothing. Her own little niche.

” When someone has a hand in creating what they will sport to a very important event or time in their life, it truly transforms them and I am so grateful to be a part of their journey! “

– Bev The Creatress

During her college stint she went on a mental journey that explored her spirituality and knowledge of self. She paired this with a strong sense of awareness and cultural pride she grew up with (Afro-Carribbean) and let it translate into the fashion. To her, it’s more than just ethnicity that makes us special.

I love all that makes us diverse within the African diaspora…yet we have cultural universals that connect us, from the inside out and that can never be overlooked.  I KNOW that my divine spirituality and creativity is one in the same and it grows strong each and everyday I allow it to flourish.

Bev The Creatress

During her time in college she had to get an entirely different motivation. Working and going to school in Miami, a place where it is beneficial to be bilingual with Spanish and English, proved to bit a bit of a set back. She started to notice that she would passed up on for jobs, contracts, and potential endeavors because she didn’t speak Spanish. Lucky, Bev was raised tough. She took on the challenge. She didn’t let it slow her roll. She is proud of her resiliency and says that no hardship is worth folding for!

Her most prestigious award came during her 6 year employment with Universal Studios. Her job there was to help design costumes for marquee events and park attractions. A team of employees within the Entertainment section of the company held an award assembly called “The Woody Awards”. Employers included in nominations were people such as performers, fabricators, technicians, escorts and more. Bev took home the award for Excellence in Costume Fabrication and Makeup Artistry. What made the honor even more rewarding was the fact that she doubted she would win because she wasn’t the popular one in the bunch. This honor sealed her confidence. to be credited by a professional platform spoke volumes as far as where she felt she stood within the society of artist. She felt solidified, in a way.

I asked Bev “What do you want from this”? Her response was so selfless that it was art within itself

I just want to encourage others to allow their creativity to flow, whether that is through music, poetry, dance, painting, inventions etc.  It will connect you closer to the Source, the original creator within that is bigger than anything we can fathom.  Lessons and understanding will grow when you begin to think holistically, recreating yourself each and every day. Nothing is forever. Energy is always moving and changing. 

Bev The Creatress

Bev is very grateful to be surrounded by great mentors, colleagues, and creative friends. They really lift each other up and vent when things get tough. She loves the human experience and expresses that ” ‘ish happens “. Thats why she loves to be around open minded people and are willing to understand everyones journey.

If you wish to reach out to Bev the Creatress she can be found at  bevthecreatress@gmail.com, Bevthecreatress on Instagram and Facebook.com/bevthecreatress

She offers custom clothing services, different levels of sewing and craft classes, and ready to wear clothing for sale.

Written By : Bruce Walton Jr aka Chunta Ankh

Fashion & Ink with Kelow Wood

 

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In the year of 2014 and beyond, ingenuity is almost as necessary as water in terms of survival…at least in the world of business. When you buy or invest in a product it can be for an assortment of reasons. One being that you can’t produce the product yourself or  you simply respect the craft. We at Keedie’s Corner idolize the fearless entrepreneurs in our community, especially those whose make it a point to be trendsetters versus those who simply try to squeeze a dollar out of the up-and-up trend.   Kelow struck us as some one who can be considered the definition of “Getting it from the muscle”. Don’t let us be the sole judges. Check out her work. The tattoo artist, model, and clothing spokeswoman/sales representative (Drügs) is definitely a force to pay attention to. We had an exclusive interview with the young entrepreneur, see what she had to say.

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What is your name? (that you use for booking)
 Kelow Wood
What are your occupational rolls? 
I started out modeling at 18 but gave it a break to gain more knowledge on it (modeling). After that I started rapping for fun. One of my homeboys (DB Beats) put me on to that & I enjoyed it for a while! I was featured in a few videos & I was on the “Melting Pot 1”! It was a project put together by my homie J.Snipes out of North Carolina. That got me some recognition in the city! I fell off with rapping because I no longer had a studio. I’ve always had a passion for art & could always draw, so I got into tattooing which is my main money maker. I’m still learning & perfecting my craft but I definitely love doing it! Right now I’m just working on getting my clothing line up & running. I’ve been wanting to do it since I was in middle school so finally being presented with the opportunity feels great! I’m an all around entrepreneur just out here trying to make it!
Where were you born and what is you current residency?
I am born & raised in Florida! Fayetteville, North Carolina is like my 2nd home but I’m so Florida! I currently live in north west Florida but will be relocating to Orlando in July 2014. I’m very excited! I will be starting school there for fashion, as well as working on whatever projects I have going or coming at me!
How long have you been working in this field?

I’ve been tattooing for 2 1/2 years and I’ve been modeling for about 5 years! 
What made you lean towards this career path?
I initially went with modeling because of my love for fashion growing up. I always wanted to model but once I seen all the steps it took I knew I had to take a break to learn. In the process I’ve always had the gift of art so I started exploring it. Later I got introduced to tattooing by an ex-boyfriend. He showed me how to set up my machine and everything else I learned on my own! I love tattooing so I decided it was something I would put my heart into! 

What was your best achievement in this field, thus far? 
I don’t think I’ve reached my greatest achievement with any of my occupations! I would like to master tattooing and to get my clothing line in every store possible. That would be a great achievement!
What is your main hardship or difficulty working in this line of work? 
The toughest part about tattooing would probably be helping someone decide on what exactly they want & just dealing with a person not being able to take pain, it effects my work! Also correcting someone else’s work can be a hassle!
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[ Older picture of Kelow before starting her dreads ]
What is a funny or lighthearted moment you can remember in your career? 
Umm, I don’t really have one I just love when people share their ink stories with me! It’s always interesting to hear the ideas behind someone’s work or the meaning of the piece! 
What advice do you have for up & coming women who plan to pursue this career path? 
With any career path I would tell all women don’t follow your dreams, chase them! You can achieve anything you put your mind to as long as you focus, believe, & put God first! Trust your hustle! Everything is hard work but it pays off! Also invest in yourself! You can’t expect to be a boss if u don’t! 
Are you affiliated with any company or organization? 
Right now I am independent as I’ve always been, I’ve been offered deals, many different company’s have tried to work with me but I’m just being patient for the right one while in the process of building my own empire! I am affiliated with a few people but right now I’m just on the grind & being my own boss! I am open to bookings & working with people though most definitely! 
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What past work or future work can we look up or expect to see?
First, you can look forward to my clothing line coming this summer məˈjestik strictly for queens 🙂 I will forever be a tattooist. I love doing that! I just linked up with the gorgeous Roxxanne Montana, owner of the clothing line Drügs “Do Right U Gain Success”. Shout out to her,she is doing her thing! I will be an official Drügs dealer once I receive my contract from her! I will have Drügs gear men & women’s for sale so that’s big! I’m just looking to make moves this summer. Like I’ve said, I’m open to work so I just tell anyone to get at me. You can always contact me via email or Instagram, I’m an Instagram junkie lol! 
KELOW FB (FACEBOOK) – Kelow Wood
KELOW TWITTER – @Kelwo_inkU_Wood

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Published by Keedie’s Corner/ Written by Bruce Walton Jr & Keidra Ponder 2014

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