It’s been a while since we had the first ‘Talk Time’ segment as I have been somewhat distracted with other projects but now I am back to one of the things I love doing which is profiling and empowering people and their accomplishments – elevating them to showcase their career, ambitions and accomplishments.
Amidst a political climate that continues to reject diversity, one designer is holding on to her roots and making a statement in the fashion industry with her illustrations and that is Ms. Ansella Post. Ansella loves to express her love of her fashion through her authentic, fun and unique lifestyle brand. Here’s her story on why “now is the perfect time for deeper self-reflection and rediscovering her inner passion”.
Name: Ansella Post
Title: Fashion Illustrator & Designer
FaceBook: Ansella Post
The Gig: I focus on fashion prints that are colourful and bold. Most of my designs are derived from my fashion drawings and illustrations. My designs are simple with clean lines which should be wearable by anyone.
Target Audience: I target my collections at women and menswear. People who are fashionable and culturally aware basically lovers of fashion with an edge.
Did you always want to become a Fashion illustrator? I always wanted to be a designer ever since I was a child cause I loved to draw especially cloths but life somehow took over with distractions but now I am back to my first love.
Where does your creative ideas come from? It comes from everywhere – walking down the streets and enjoying nature, watching films (the 40s & 50s) especially their style and elegance.
The Journey: my background is not in fashion as I worked in a bank for years but I have always been creative. Started designing my own cloths which I wore to work and this got noticed. So I started making cloths to sell to co-workers which led to me opening an online shop.
On Being Her Own Boss: It is quite challenging, you have to do all the marketing and sales which I was not good at as I am very creative. It is very fulfilling as you are doing your hobby – Passion into Profit. I have also learnt that one has to be focused.
How are you with Social Media? I am not really good at SM but familiar with Instagram and Facebook.
Why did you decide to become a Fashion Designer & Illustrator? It is my passion since childhood. My grandmother was a designer as well so that inspired me.
What is your favourite part about being a Fashion Designer and also an Illustrator? I love the creativity in designing – the newness and ideas. I love drawing as it’s my imagination on paper. My break in illustration art is the work you (yes I commissioned her to do my portrait) and it has now kicked off with numerous work offers coming my way.
What are your plans for the future? I want to be particularly successful in my upcoming ‘capsule’ collection to be launched in spring/summer 2017.
What do you think of eco-fashion? I am all for eco-fashion to be aware of the environment and do all we can to protect the world we live in and reduce pollution. There are fabrics that are waste-friendly. I am a supporter of SLOW fashion where a designer buys a few prices to be used.
Who was/is the biggest influence in your career? My grandmother was the biggest influence in my life. She told me that one was never too old to learn something new. Her strength and tenacity inspired me.
What is your definition of happiness? Trying to be content with what one has. Counting one’s blessings and being grateful.
What is your most memorable travel experiences? I love travelling especially third world countries. In India, seeing children fighting over food made me grateful for what I had and endeavour to always remain humble.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I fulfilled my dream and become a professional London Fashion Designer.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to eat and drink – I love socialising. Enjoy Life
What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is losing loved ones.
What is your greatest hope? My greatest hope is to become the best Fashion Designer that I can be.
What favourite quote/mantra do you live by?: ‘You can never be overdressed or overeducated.’ by Oscar Wilde
Your Biggest Lesson Learned: Keeping in mind what the customer wants as per the design but stay true to oneself. Find a balance in all things.
Your Best Advice: Be fearless. Be yourself and stay true to your passion. The answer no will eventually turn into a yes! Stay available and reach out to other creative people! Don’t be afraid to share other artist’s work! Not everything has to be a competition! Do not be afraid to take risks – go outside your comfort zone.
Her Work-Life Balancing Act: I am very social – always out with friends and family. I believe in live life and work hard.
Her Time Saving Tips: Planning. I try to schedule out the next day so that things don’t get too crazy and I end up forgetting something. Stay focused and within budget as one can get distracted. Be efficient – planning in all things.
Her Stress Relievers: Sometimes I just have to pause and pray.
Your Favourite Book: The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Irish novelist John Boyne; My name is Sarah. I have a fascination for history hence my creativity. I have learnt a lot from the stories as it is now repeating itself.
Your Superpower: The ability to push through adversity! Always remaining positive in all situations – I look at the glass being half full than half empty.
Your Tech Must-Haves: I cannot live without my iPhone and I like Instagram as I get inspired from all the designers and also Behance which is a site, where one can Showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creativeprofessionals across industries. My designs are on Behance.
Your Beauty-Must Have: Eye-liner – that is my addiction.
Your Power Accessory: A nice ring and earring. I have an obsession with everything silver.
Your Theme Song: Any song from Lenny Kravitz
For more on Ansella’s collection: contact her via instagram – @ansellapost or via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yours in love – The Renaissance Lady ©
I loved your Q&A … It is definitely challenging doing your passion full time. I am great with social media. If I don’t rock nothing else, I will rock a bomb eye liner.
Thank you Crystal for your comment. Definitely challenging doing one’s passion but so rewarding in the end. Hardwork and Diligence does pay off which what The Renaissance Lady blog is all about. Please subscribe or follow my blog to be notified of future posts. Yours in love – The Renaissance Lady ©