Once a famous ancient philosopher Aristotle wrote: “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny”. After reading it many years ago, I decided to use this quote as my life roadmap. Whatever happens in my life, I am always sure that all my intentions, efforts and executions assist me in overcoming difficulties and finding myself. At present, I am a fashion designer. I do my best to have a good event planning and management. In my opinion, there are three components of my success, and I hope they will help me to succeed throughout life.
I received my creativity from my grandmother and my mother who have always inspired me. From them I have learnt how to create something fascinating, and how to combine creative, social and business points positively. When I was 10 years old, my parents divorced, and my mother was faced with many financial problems. I remember her getting a job of protocol in the Mayor’s office. For the long 6 years, my mother was getting up early at 6 am, and returning home at 11:00 or sometimes later. Nevertheless, my mother had enough life forces to come home smiling because she has always enjoyed life under stress. I like it, too. I believe that being able to create or manage an event is not an easy thing; you need not only to organize; you need to be creative and imaginative, as well as have a passion for your work.
When I was 15 years old, I took part in a school project called “Manos LibreTras Las Rejas” (“Free Hands Behind Bars”) together with the three imprisoned women in Cartagena, Colombia. In this project, I made designs of accessories, and the women made them out of the materials I provided for them. After that, those items were sold, and the imprisoned women received their percentage. Our project was presented at IB conference by my Headmistress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to that, I won the first place in my school for the best MYP project. I was proud of that. After that, I started to look for original ideas in the whole world around, and the result of my work was demonstrated at a Final Project for 12th Grade. For this project, I organized a fashion show, and used only black models in it. As it is clear for many of us, the social status has been always tied with the clothes or accessories people wear. In the show I organized, I desired to break this negative stereotype, therefore, I focused on our history and origins, but not on our social status.
In 2012, I hold my first international art exposition at the Convention Center in Miami. There, all pieces of art expressed the appreciation for a well-known Colombian painter Enrique Grau. In 2013, I hold my exposition “Vida y Sentimiento” in honor of my grandmother Helena Posada de Espinosa. The exposition covered the problem of breast cancer. The money received from the exhibition was sent to “Liga contra Cancer Seccional Cartagena”. My grandmother was its president up to her death in March 2014. Together with those positive experiences, I obtained the opportunity to cooperate with the company “Royal Decameron”. I designed prints and logos for its clothing. I create projects not only to present my creativity, but also to help other people to be happier in their lives.
I am going to graduate from the Miami International University of Art and Design. I am planning to become a Fashion Designer BFA. I made a decision to do a master program because I would like to create my own business in addition to having artistic background. To my opinion, young people of my generation have many opportunities for their careers and education, and I desire to be a professional able to design not only clothing but also every small detail of the event. I think this program would assist in showing my potential and giving me fresh ideas that are not clear for me yet.