KOSTÜM POP UP: AZTECA NEGRA
During August we will be having two fantastic Pop Ups hosting local artists & entrepreneurs!
Saturday, August 26th from 1-6pm we will have Marisol Catchings, creator & owner of Azteca Negra, Popping Up with her a culturally-conscious line of handcrafted pieces, inspired by beautiful, traditional art indigenous to Latin America and Africa! As always we will have free refreshments. Follow KOSTÜM on Instagram and Facebook @kostumonpiedmont to find out more about this incredible local artist!
In order to get to know Marisol and Azteca Negra a bit better we asked her a few questions, and here’s what we learned:
- What do you do for work?
I am a full-time artist/ entrepreneur. Azteca Negra is my baby, my first business. This year, I launched a second Oakland business, Just Be (@JustBeOak), with my business partners, Hope Lehman and Kamilah Richardson. We are creating a national network of Black Women Entrepreneurs.
- How did you get to that point in your career?
This will be my fourth year in business with Azteca Negra. I began creating my pieces as a hobby, while I was job searching after college. In 2013, I started an Etsy shop and began to sell at small events around Oakland; and it soon grew into a full-time business. It’s definitely taken a lot of love and patience, learning, energy, trial and redirection; but it has all been worth the experience. I love that I get to wake up each day and create from my soul.
- What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about celebrating cultural identity and creating art and space for people of color to do so.
- What feeds you creatively? (If different than number 3)
I love being able to meet other creatives and to see what kind of art they create. Art is a representation of what’s in the artist’s soul, and I love being able to take a peek inside. It usually serves as a jumping off point for inspiration toward a new piece or new direction for my own business.
- What is one of your favorite aspects of Oakland (or area of the Bay in which you live)?
My favorite thing about Oakland is the Town’s diversity. I love seeing so many people from different cultural backgrounds in one place. My second favorite thing is the movement of entrepreneurship and creativity of Black and Brown artists. I’ve never seen a place filled with so many talented artists, makers, and creatives.
- How do you feel most connected to Oakland (whether it’s the people, culture, environment, etc.)?
I feel most connected with Oakland by interacting with the community. My business would not be what it is today without the love and support of the Oakland community.
- How is fashion a part of your daily life?
I wear a cultural piece every time I step out of my house. I feel that my cultural fashions and cultural accessories represent me to the outside world, and I’m definitely here for representation of the Afro-Indigenous.
- What do you hope Kostümers walk away with after seeing or purchasing your products?
I create with and bless my pieces with good energy. I want each customer to walk away feeling that energy, and loving how they feel each time they put on an Azteca Negra piece.
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