We had the good fortune of connecting with Arin Jae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arin, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Life is very different for me now. I started a family. I am a mother of three boys who ages are two, five, and six.. Boy mom life is pretty busy. I want to make sure I’m giving my family 100% but not losing myself in doing so. I had to find ways to take a break and let my creativity flow. With the support of my husband I’ve been able to take the time and build the brand Arin Jae. Prior to becoming a mother. I had all the time in the world to get lost in creating. Painting or drawing was very therapeutic growing up. It was more of my hobby as a child and a teenager. I went to school for fashion design in Hollywood, CA. I would stay up for hours creating new pieces and finishing projects. A lot of the projects I do know are really based on time. I can’t spend hours working on things like I used to. So I started working with resin and heat pressed garments. Pressing garments is much quicker than making them and less materials involved. With resin, I normally set my projects at night and they’re cured by morning. I also do a lot of digital drawing/painting now since my iPad is so easy to transport. If I do get the time I still enjoy painting and sewing. Balancing life and work is always changing because life is forever changing. But by all means. I will keep being myself and alway find ways to create.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been perfecting my talent and skills since my childhood days. I’ve always been able to draw and paint but I didn’t start my professional career until my teenage days. I was a freelance fashion designer. Mainly for my fashion illustrations. I would sit with other designers and bring their ideas to life. I wanted to further my education in fashion design so in 2007 I attended the Art Institute of Hollywood. Just as I was finishing school in 2009 I got selected for the school fashion show but I pulled out because my grandmother had passed away. Her passing really affected me and my drive for fashion. I stop sewing. I then started my family and had children. This was a very challenging time for me. After adjusting to motherhood I was ready to get back to my creative side. I first started with custom shirts. I started small with birthday and holiday T-shirts orders. Which led to team league shirts. Then I got contracted with a few high schools for their sports T-shirts. Now I design custom shirts and hoodies of my own. I also started working with resin. I really love resin because there’s so many things you can make and so many ways you can make it. I incorporate many different elements into my resin pieces. I wanted to create a space to show just my art so I created Arin Jae. Arin Jae is where I can be myself. Most of my pieces are very colorful vibrant and unique. Almost all my resin pieces are one of a kind it is very difficult or impossible to create the same thing twice. I make resin coaster, ashtrays and table art. I make abstract art. I make custom shoes. I also have some art pieces that I paint or draw. I make custom portraits as well. My portraits are the most rewarding because most of them are gifts. So it’s a lot of pressure to deliver something special, one of a kind, and looks like the photo provided. The joy it brings people and their relations are priceless. Its challenging being a stay at home mom, creating new pieces, filling orders and preparing for a show. I try not to get overwhelmed and take one thing at a time. In 2019 I did my first street fair and the response was amazing. I knew I couldn’t stop. Which bring me to a show I did in March this year I sold out of almost everything I had! I was truly amazed! I couldn’t have done it by myself. I have a strong support system that allows me to continue to create. I’m constantly refilling my stock and creating new pieces. It has definitely been a journey getting to where I am today but it’s funny because at the same time I feel like I’m only getting started. I know I’m on the right path and I know that I have so much more to offer. So stay tuned!… Creating art to bring joy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I could have my best friend for a whole week and show her the best time ever, we would definitely need a hotel all week long. We would have to go to the spa and get massages. We’re going to hit the beach. Maybe have lunch by the beach. Rent some bikes and ride down the coast line. And then end our night with a bonfire and some drinks. I would take her to the Getty. I love the Getty, the art and the views. I would love to go to a winery together maybe Wilson’s Creek. Finish our week off by going to Vegas!. Pigging out at all the restaurants and laying by the pool.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to take this moment to shine light on my grandmother. Beatrice Tryon. My grandma was the sweetest and most loving woman I ever met. She had a heart so big everyone thought they were her favorite because she truly made everyone feel that loved. She was a creative. A fashionista. Always revamping vintage styles into new pieces for herself. We would talk about fashion and the seasons all the time. What colors were in and out. Her creativity was passed on to me. Expressing myself through colors and fashion. Her grace and poise is embedded in my mind on how a woman should carry herself. Her kindness is how I remind myself to treat others. Her love and value of family is how I raise my kids today. I thank God for her. Along with my mother, who is also a loving nurturer, like her mother, has always pushed me to go after my dreams. Sees me bigger than I even see myself. To my husband, you’re the only reason I’m here now. Out here meeting people and showing what I have. You’ve pushed me to do my to do my first show because you know I would have never felt “ready”. You support me and believe in my dreams. For my children, seeing them so proud of me and wanting to go to the shows with me pushes me to keep going. My sisters and brother for always supporting my art. Getting me clients and introducing me to new people. My father always bragging about me. My friends and supporters have really put my name out there and share my brand. I’m truly thankful for my support system.
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