We had the good fortune of connecting with Izabella Waters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Izabella, how do you think about risk?
I believe that risk taking is an essential part of growing as a person. To take a risk is to be more brave than the fear of failure. The underlying shame of not being what you want can be heavy until we understand that we are always only to be what we are and failing is healthy for us. Pause and take a step back to assess the choices made previously that led us to our shortcoming. I’m grateful for the courage I have to be brave and take risks in my life. As an artist I feel that the biggest risk that we take is on ourselves and our creative channel. To hope that someone else can feel it too. When the risk/reward balance is not aligned it can be hard to want to continue to take risks and you have to ask yourself how much you really love creating. Every time that I have failed in my life I dive deeper into my expression and I love that about risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Creating has become a part of who I am and the role I have taken on my journey. I feel that the art that I create shares an energy and a vision with others that brings individuality and loud expression to the forefront. I’m proud of the presence I have held and created in the art world. Deep down I feel the spark that reminds me that I am meant to do big things. Starting my career as an acrylic painter bringing my meditative visuals to life. With lots of color, vibrancy, and love I create in all ways I feel called to. Dabbling in screen printing, design, sewing, bag painting, jewelry making, and mixing music, I love to try new things and combine different mediums together. Being a creator really tests the love that you have for your craft. Feelings of doubt, defeat, and burnout have all been experienced a handful of times in my journey. Coming back to what makes me feel most alive I keep creating and I won’t let a bad day or experience stop me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. A beautiful city surrounded by big Rocky Mountains with a great underground culture and amazing scenery. My friend and I would definitely spend some times in nature, the arts, music, and trying some good food. The UMOCA is an awesome contemporary art exhibit that shows local artists and a lot of really unique pieces. Being involved in the underground music scene in Salt Lake is where it’s at so definitely finding a local show to dance the night away and wake up to some local breakfast at Hub & Spoke or Rooted Cafe. I’m imagining my friend is visiting in the fall time so the leaves are changing here and they would get to experience one of the most beautiful views of the year! I really enjoy living in Salt Lake and I have personally cultivated an awesome group of supportive artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs all around and I’m so grateful for that, it makes living here that much better.
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?
When it came to turning my passions into my career I was unsure of the direction I should go. I met Aelias and Meak, the owners of All Caps Gallery, a creative space for people to create and display their art in the gallery. I ended up doing my first art show with them and selling my creations in their storefront. The inspiration brought from these connections led me to open a collaborative art store called Bluming Jade with a dear friend, Makaelee. We thrift, design, screenprint, and customize our own clothes, handmake all our jewelry, custom everything and it’s decorated like a magic disco dream. I never knew that I was capable of creating such beauty. Never underestimate the power of connection and always stay open to where that could take you.
All portraits by Peter Loosli. looslitaken on Instagram. All artwork is mine, hand painted bags, custom 1of1 designed and screen printed skirt.