KOSTÜM POP UP: VIDA VAZQUEZ JEWELRY
During September we will be having two fantastic Pop Ups hosting local artists & entrepreneurs!
Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th from 1-6pm each day we will have Vida Vazquez Popping Up with her handmade jewelry! She designs and makes jewelry with vibrant hues and organic shapes. Her collection is comprised mainly of earrings and necklaces made with a range of materials from natural gemstones to leather. She resources vintage and second hand materials as often as possible to create statement pieces that are environmentally sustainable as well as unique. She is also a visual artist, and her painting practice informs her color palettes in her jewelry designs.
As always we will have free refreshments. Follow KOSTÜM on Instagram @kostumonpiedmont and on Facebook to find out more!
In order to get to know Vida a bit better we asked her a few questions, and here’s what we learned:
1. What do you do for work?
I am a full time artist and jewelry designer. I also teach visual arts workshops to children and people of all ages.
2. How did you get to that point in your career?
This is actually a recent transition. I have been an educator for over 10 years and had my creative practice on the side. I have recently taken the leap to give it my full time and attention.
3. What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about multiple things, some of which include feeling empowered as a woman and in some way empowering other women, living in a truly just society, and definitely the arts. Art history, art techniques and styles, music, art movements; I don’t want to know a world without art in it.
4. What feeds you creatively?
Culture and seeing other people’s art feeds me creatively. I can spend a lot of time in galleries and museums and be content. I love that social media, specifically Instagram has given so many creative people a platform, I definitely am inspired by artists, designers, and musicians I have discovered through social media. Also, being in nature feeds my creativity. It relaxes and charges me and provides endless subject matter for creating.
5. What is one of your favorite aspects of Oakland (or area of the Bay in which you live)?
There are so many things I love about living in the Bay. Food is obviously one of them. The most valuable aspect of living here to me is that many people here are forward thinkers.
6. How do you feel most connected to Oakland (whether it’s the people, culture, environment, etc.)?
I am originally from the Bay area. I moved away for a while and now feel so fortunate and happy to live in Oakland. I definitely feel connected to the culture here; Oakland’s roots are diverse, and people value community. There are a lot of people making things happen in the creative scene and it’s stimulating to be a part of. Of course, the weather is a major bonus. I would think I would have figured out layering by now, but most of the time when I take Bart to San Francisco, I end up feeling very chilly.
7. How is fashion a part of your daily life?
Fashion is an opportunity to express my authentic self when I interact with the world. I am aware of how people in the world may perceive me based on how I am dressed, yet I try not to let that inhibit my expression. I enjoy getting dressed, it’s playful and cathartic. I have a few distinct tastes, I love color and I love to be comfortable, but I feel my sense of style is evolving.
8. What do you hope Kostümers walk away with after seeing or purchasing your products?
I hope that Kostum customers who see or wear my jewelry experience a reflection of their authentic beauty.