We had the good fortune of connecting with Tania Campos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tania, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Being a third generation, Mexican American, my parents always pushed the academia on me with high importance. As a result of my over achievement and high test scores, I was pushed to go to a college prep high school when I really just wanted to attend the local high school and keep studying the arts – which I had an innate passion for. I loved to draw, write stories, comics and plays (a play that I wrote in the 3rd grade wound up being acted out by my peers later on when we were in the 7th grade – much to my surprise), and generally use my imagination to create things. Even in the college prep school, I took way more art classes than was allowed and got in trouble for it my senior year – because I had filled my schedule with art and language classes but no honors or AP classes – which was a big no no for such a prestigious college prep school.
It just seemed that my whole life, I was discouraged from pursuing my love of art seriously.
When I moved to California from my hometown of Chicago several years ago, the entrepreneurial atmosphere reignited my desire to pursue my creative dreams and passions. Seeing so many artists and creators not just living but thriving and collaborating with each other here excites me to no end! I see endless possibilities ! Plus, discovering that community has really helped me a lot in my own journey.
Everyday, I wake up grateful for the opportunity and inspiration to create and you better believe I’m chasing that dream.
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.
I’ve always loved making my own clothes and I think that started with my Grandma Mary teaching me crochet when I was very young and realizing that I could create a garment with my just my hands and a crochet hook.
I am so grateful to her and the people and experiences in my life that opened up that door for me. I hope my crochet clothes inspire the next generation to create the world around them.
My career up until this point has been a roller coaster experience – I’ve been a cannabis brand ambassador and or budtender for the past 5 years .
I felt I was not appreciated for the value I brought to the companies I worked with so making the switch to pursue a full time crochet design career was a very liberating decision for me. It feels good to finally focus on me and my craft. Nothing beats being your own boss.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout to my Mom – there is no one that supports me and loves me more or knows me better than my Mom. We’ve really been through a lot together and I don’t know what I would do without her. She’s my rock. She always knows just what to say to me to motivate me or get me through a difficult situation. I LOVE YOU MOM!
Credits: Photography + Editing: @digitalgirl Models: @perriwinkle____ @superunladylike @lil_thickyyyyy