Tell me about StrVnge Encounters.
StrVnge Encounters is an alternative platform for individual who feel out of place in their various identities. The content produced will vary over the spectrum from technical reviews to creative projects. We hope to amplify and create a safe space for the stories and struggles of individuals from various backgrounds and walks of life.
What do you love most about StrVnge Encounters?
What I love the most about it is our push to make ourselves and others uncomfortable. Remaining in a state of comfort is accepting stagnation, whereas discomfort allows for growth. Within our art, writing, workshops and events, we create a safe space and empower people to explore, share and learn about topics deemed as inappropriate, shameful and/or taboo.
What is one thing you wish everyone knew about StrVnge Encounters?
I wish that everyone knew that this platform is a state for anyone who needs it. We are here to uplift, support and heal our StrVngers in whichever way we can. We feature local businesses and artists in our "spotlights," post anyone's writing and art onto our website, and provide safe spaces for anyone to host learning discussions.
What is an ideal day-in-the-life for you like?
It's one that is filled with meaningful conversation, passionate and dedicated creatives while producing art and writing that challenges existing stigmas and stereotypes.
How do you think living in Baltimore influences your clothing style?
Baltimore style has an unapologetic spirit that pushes me to be experimental and stay in tune with my inner self.
What are your top 5 spots in Baltimore?
Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Keeper's Vintage + Knits, Soy and Metal, El Suprimo Records, The Sand Gallery and Lock Raven Reservoir.
Name 5 things on your to-do list.
Plan future StrVnge Encounters workshops, finish writing lyrics to my current song, thrift denim to distress and paint, catch up on the "What's Underneath Project" YouTube series, and network with Baltimore artists.
Who are your style icons?
My style icons are everyday people - strangers to my ancestors. Anyone who is able to tell a story through clothing or helps me connect with a deeper part of who I am is iconic in my eyes.
What is your dream collaboration or project?
Personally, it would be a dream of mine to collaborate with Desirée Venn Frederic of Nomad Yard. How she seamlessly weaves fashion, culture, history and politics inspires me to create and push the boundaries with my own fashion.