Featured Fashion Designer: Metaya Tilahun

"Always strive to learn, but most importantly have lots of fun in the creative process."

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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I believe that art is the purest form of self expression; and fashion is art that you can wear. You are constantly expressing yourself with the different styles that you show to the world. I believe that I have a very unique style; I love elegance and decorum and everything old and traditional. But Im also a hipster and love mixing funky fabrics and aesthetics. When I make a garment it's for a type of a girl that is a tomboy that can pull of sext without even trying. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? Well I really want to showcase the vibrant textile and fashion that is alive in my home country, Ethiopia. But I also want it to be accessible to the rest of the world. I want to modernized traditional Ethiopian garments and present them as everyday wear as well as in high fashion. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I am just starting out so I'm just getting I to the groove of communicating with my clients. I am very open and flexible, I address issues in a friendly manner. I joke a lot so that helps. Over all Iike bringing fun to the process, it's art so it has to be fun. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? Nothing really. One thing about me is that I never look back so I never thought of changing anything. If at all I would have the chance, I would probably get more training in new techniques. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? My hero's are without question my parents. They have been my biggest fan since I arrived on this Earth. They still live in Ethiopia and I don't get to see them much, but there is not a day that goes by with out them telling me how proud there are or me and how much they love me. I think that is what gives me the strength to put myself out there and not doubt myself. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? I believe it's very important. That being said, I do t believe that you can teach someone how to be creative. You can teach them techniques but the creativity is something that comes from within. I took a drawing class once and I was surprised because we learned very little about drawing. It focused too much on theories of creating rather than the process of it. I didn't find it very helpful. Everything that I have learned in terms of art and my creations I learned on my own. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? I would definitely say put yourself out there. Many people do not go for it in the industry because they are afraid how it will be received. But I want to say do it, go for it. The best things in life are on the other side of fear. I heard that from Will Smith.

Photo Credits: Photographer: Amar Talwar @amartalwarphotography Photographer: Dante' Lucas Contact Details: Instagram: @Kingmayaofaddis Email: metaya.tilahun@gmail.com


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