Mental health is a subject that’s very close to my heart. I know a lot of people talk about it today and do their part to bring awareness to the matter, but I needed time to process my experience. Those moments of reflection inspired me to create this collection.
I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa when I was just 13 years old. Anxiety and depression joined the party soon thereafter. Being labeled an “anorexic” was a heavy burden to carry I quickly realized I was going to spiral. Something in my life would trigger a breakdown then the guilt of knowing my condition but not being able to help my behavior consumed me. Where were these emotions coming from, and why wouldn’t I stop them? I was feeling bad about feeling bad.
My career was the only thing in my life that broke the cycle. It was part therapy and part outlet, a way to silence the negative voices blaring in my head. I learned that if I focus on creating something new, I can keep the bad stuff at bay a little longer.
In a way, this collection is about that internal struggle and how I turned madness into my muse.
My mind still wanders into a dark place from time to time, but I can pull myself out now. I can go from not-so-pretty to visionary, and what better way to translate the push and pull than with my designs. After all, seventytwo° is about uncensored feelings.
Awake takes you through the journey of my breakdowns, from dark to light. With it, I hope to show that we are more than the labels we’re given and that our only limitation is ourselves. I hope these pieces serve as a reminder to give yourself some grace during the tough times because brighter days are ahead.
Much love and blessings,