Spotlight on Jakia Fuller, Community Manager of AAGD
Tell us about yourself.
I’m an emerging multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work is about creating spaces and moments for introspection of the human experience by highlighting the similarities instead of the differences. I’m currently, exploring how to implement circularity into her process and practice, from using reclaimed materials, post-consumer textiles, collaborating with local creatives and businesses, etc.
What are some of your favorite tools or applications you use? Or can’t do without?
Pencil & Paper Needle, thread and a seam ripper
What type of work do you enjoy most?
Hmmmmm, that’s a tough one. I enjoy different aspects of what I do; from the initial inspiration to the first step to the last exhale when I finish the work. When it comes to clothing design, I enjoy the problem-solving that comes along with upcycling and utilizing zero waste practices. But I do enjoy seeing my growth from where I was with my art and design.
Which project left the biggest impact on you as a designer/creative?
My first commission of 2021, where I was able to create a piece from someone’s actual wardrobe instead of having to go out and thrift it or use my inventory. They truly trusted me and my aesthetic and that reminded me that I totally got this and I can do it.
What advice do you have for younger or less experienced Black/AA designers?
It’s important to have the work. I’m still working on creating my inventory of art and clothing items. Sometimes we get so caught up in the end goal or where we want to be but forget that we kind of need the work to back it up. Take your time, practice your craft, and believe in yourself and what it is you uniquely bring to the conversation.
What would you say is the best way to take advantage of the AAGD network?
Check out other members’ profiles! Get to know who is in the community, you never know when there may be an opportunity to collaborate.
How do you deal with creative block?
I accept it and use it as an opportunity to rest and reset. Or use it as a chance to revisit past work and build off of it. We don’t have to be on output mode all the time.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in what you do?
Me too! I’m also interested in what it is I do. We get alot of messages about how we should only do one thing and focus on that, but not everyone is a one-thing-at-a-time kind of person. I prefer to explore all of my interests. So I would say explore and don’t be afraid to try different things.
If you had a message on your wrist, what would it be?
I totally got this!
Connect with Jakia:
See her website: jarifuller.com
Her IG: @j.arifuller