We had the good fortune of connecting with Nyah Ginwright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nyah, what inspires you?
I am inspired by the conversations I have with my friends as well conversations I have with myself. I am inspired by the books that I read and the lessons I learn from them. I try and find inspiration in concepts before I do any visual research, so I may take a feeling I’m experiencing or a concept that I’ve been thinking about to formulate any visual representations. For my latest project entitled Fiber, I incorporated concepts of both play and the awareness of breathing within the silhouette. These two things for me are healing and are the very reason that I can create. Inspiration for me comes in many different forms and I hope that viewers feel it.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My name is Nyah Ginwright and I am a third year at UCLA studying Costume Design. As an artist of color who grew up in Oakland, CA, my involvement in the arts has always incorporated a background of social justice. I attended an arts highschool for four years in which I studied fashion and textiles. While there, I was able to combine my ideas around social justice with the practice of design. With my art I aim to; decentralize our eurocentric ways of thinking about art, create a bridge in faltering human connection through conversation and introspection, and promote the power of imagination
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family deserves recognition. They not only support me, but I cherish our dining room conversations where we talk about racism, classism, love, fear, capitalism, you name it, and those conversations have given me ways of thinking about concepts that contort and stretch my brain. I also definitely need to give a shoutout to my high school fashion teacher, Linda Ricciardi at Oakland School for the Arts, for helping me grow my artistic expression and pushing me to create pieces that I never would have imagined I had the ability to create. Lastly, shoutout to my friends for inspiring me and creating with me.