We had the good fortune of connecting with Chryssanthemum Rosabella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chryssanthemum, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Growing up as a Queer mixed Hispanic kid in a predominantly Conservative, Cis, White, Hetero community, I didn’t always have a plethora of places I could exactly call a safe space so from a very young age I learned that my creativity was one of my biggest assets in life.
As I got older and realized what solace I was able to receive from creation whether it be physical art, music, or choreographing a small dance number, I realized I wanted to share that with others. More than that, I not only wanted to help people feel peace, I wanted to show people that they’re allowed to heal. So many of us carry around our trauma and never resolve things, so I began to wonder what it would be like to create art that spoke to mental illness, and helped people process their pain.
That is the basis of The Safe Space’s birth.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Chryssanthemum Rose, The Safe Space is meant to feel like the best parts of coming home. As a Non-Binary Transfeminine artist I believe that my calling is to heal others I come across with a combination of my unique experiences, my art, and my compassion. Growing up art was always a beautiful form of escapism and coping when life was dark and people were cruel, but more than that, art has become my therapy and my solace, and I want others to know that peace.
When you hold a piece of my art, or you listen to a song I’ve written, I want you to feel held; to know for a few moments that you are not alone in your sadness, and that you are understood.
My business surpasses creating/healing for myself, I want the world to see in a new way that beauty can be found in chaos and confusion, and be just as beautiful as order. It’s taken me a long time to get to the place where I felt comfortable sharing my work with others because I had so many preconceived notions about what “good” art was, and one of my biggest realizations has been that there is no such thing. Art is good if it feeds your soul, not if it fills your bank account.
Once I stopped measuring my success by what I was making, and more by what I was feeling, I fell into my groove and I began to create with renewed vigor. I hope you never allow the voices of the many to stifle your light, because I truly believe, if I’m able to climb out of the darkness and create beauty and light, then so can you.
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?
Having been a SoCal native for most of my life, I grew up taking many trips into LA from Orange County with my family for all kinds of excursions. Some of my favorite things in the city to do revolve around: Good Food, Entertainment, Beautiful Scenery, and Photogenic Spots. The morning after my friends arrival, I’d encourage them to go on a morning hike/run with me and my Dogo Basil. Some of our favorite spots recently have been The Abandoned Zoo in Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, and Franklin Canyon Park. There’s lots of beautiful scenery in all three locations, varying levels of difficulty in the trails, and lots of room for exercise for you and whoever accompanies you.
After hiking there’s plenty of spots where you can find food to fit your palette and cravings. One of the things I absolutely adore about this city is that there is such a wide availability of foods to try here in the city no matter what kind of food you like. One of my absolute favorite foods since moving to LA has been Ramen, and my number one spot that I always recommend is Tatsu Ramen. I believe they have three or four locations in the LA region, but the one that started my infatuation and keeps me coming back is definitely the one located on Melrose Ave. For sweet treats, I love Fugetso-Do Bakery because it’s a family owned small business that’s been handed down for generations. They have hands down some of the best Mochi I’ve ever had in my life. Their store is one of the only places you can get their Mochi since they rarely allow third party distributors to sell their stuff due to the the freshness of the product.
If you decide to eat on Melrose, one of the great things is that you’re super close to so many fun shopping opportunities. Since officially becoming an LA resident four years ago, I’ve gotten way more into thrifting and curating a personal style, and that area is really great for having a wide variety of stores, but my favorite place to shop is actually down in the Arts District. You find so many small artists and businesses that have amazing wares, so I always recommend checking out all your options before hitting Rodeo Drive.
Most of my friends are like me in that we enjoy cavorting on the beach, and we have so many options readily available to us with options like Dockweiler where I rang in my 20’th year with a bonfire, Venice Beach where you can people watch and shop on the Strand, and Santa Monica Beach where you can enjoy the Pier and all it’s fun attractions.
Something I haven’t done in a while, but initially became the reason I fell in love with the city, was going to the theatre. I recall so vividly coming to the Pantages as a child and watching Billy Elliot, Wicked, and so many more. It fostered one of the truest loves I’ve known for entertainment and stage life. There’s no short supply of talented performers in this city and it’s truly such a gift.
If you’re like me and you like to read, The Last Bookstore on Spring St in downtown. It’s utterly enchanting and I’ve regularly spent hours in there perusing the shelves and curling up in a chair with a good book.
Last but certainly not least, if you like apothecary and herbal shops, I personally love The Green Man Store on Lankershim in NoHo. The attendants have always been so respectful and love to invite new customers into their family and teach you anything and everything that you require to feel at home in their shop.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to say the biggest thank you to Kim Rose of Kim Rose Art and Mission Marisol for believing in me. About 3 years ago I was introduced to one of the most magical women I’ve been blessed to know, and she welcomed me into her life, her space, and I was forever changed. Under her mentorship, I have learned so much not just about Art, but connecting with others, giving of myself to a cause, and dedication to a craft unlike any process I’ve known before. From working the first Mission Marisol Charity Gala back in November 2018, to working late nights in Kim’s studio now, I have become a different person, and I have her to thank for being one of the brightest lights in that journey.