We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Aguayo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
In my work what makes me happy is challenging myself in new ways. A lot of the work I do with textiles and color requires tests, research and investigation. The work can become meditative and also chaotic, in the process I find I always return to the why of my work, which is– a deep need for expression and connection.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What guides me in work and my life pursuits is curiosity and adding to my lived experience. There’s a metaphor, it’s a bit cliche, that says “one can live their life as a work of art”. That’s always resonated with me– the power we have to live well by mobilizing the value of art into our every day lives. Whether that be an exchange with a stranger, the processes we face at work or through travel.
This belief informs my work by guiding me into different subjects of exploration, at the moment it is the sea and kelp forests and how they are affected due to the climate crisis. I recently collaborated with an artist and guided a natural dye bath and had the opportunity to work with bull kelp While that was time consumerI learned a lot about the delicate balance of the forests, it’s inhabitants and met people that are currently doing work to protect our oceans through their study. I am now inspired to used kelp and am trying scuba diving this summer for the first time.
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 would definitely take this person to different part of town. Likely begin in my area of north-east Los Angeles (Highland Park), grab drinks at GoldLine, pick up dinner from X’tiosu Kitchen in Boyle Heights, which is a fusion of Oaxacan cuisine/ Lebanese food. We’d also check out York Blvd. go shopping, grab a veggie dog and drink’s at Walt’s Bar. Go on a hike to the Griffith Observatory, Republique for brunch, lunch in DTLA’s Grand Central Market and spend a day in Hermosa Beach.
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?
My best friend, Lauren Noble who is also a costumer. She and I both changed careers at the same time. She has been a great supporter of my work and has taught me patience in my practice. She is an amazingly talented and compassionate soul