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Asia Clarke: Profile + Interview

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Asia Clarke: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Moon, Maya Angelou, and Atoms.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I’m a magical self-taught jewelry designer from Scarborough.

Why do you do what you do?

Wild Moon Jewelry is a self-provocation ignited by change, challenge and the onset of womanhood. The jewelry line was started as a form of creative bloodletting evoking patience, forgiveness and self love. I do primarily wire and beadwork with semi-precious gem stones to tap into the symbiotic relationship that exists between human beings and the frequencies of crystal formations.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I started the line in the winter of 2010. I was going through a difficult transitional period in my life and needed to channel my emotional stress into something meaningful and creative. I started writing, drawing, painting, singing and making jewelry. I made my family members jewelry that year for Christmas and they encouraged me to continue and develop my passion into a business. The rest is history…

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I had to overcome the fear of putting myself out there and being vulnerable to criticism. But I am always encouraged by my friends, family and community who love my art and support my business.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I was inspired by my Mom, a woman with high ambition and drive to pursue my own business. I also teach jewelry making classes to youth and adults and I encourage jewelry creation as a means of therapy and creative development for all people, especially women of colour.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I have learned to accept imperfection as a fact of life, and to not beat myself up about it… I am a perfectionist struggling in an imperfect world.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I recently won the Youth Arts Pitch Contest 2015 which was awesome! I won a $5000 grant so that I can develop my jewelry making skills and actually become a goldsmith. I intend to pursue that dream in 2015.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

I think it is important to talk your goals into existence and be patient with your path… Things will turn out fine in due time.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Believe in your own magic.

Asia Clarke: Profile

Full name

Asia Clarke

Age

25

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Toronto, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Scarborough, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Port of Spain, Trinidad (Mom) and Roseau, Dominica (Dad)

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

CEO of Wild Moon Jewelry

How long have you been doing it?

Almost 4 years

Fav Song

Favorite song right now is Talk About – Les Sins

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Roy Ayers/Steve Arrington/Shabazz Palaces/D’Angelo

Fav Movie

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Fav Actor/Actress

Virgilia Griffith

Fav Clothing brand

River Island

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Nep Sidhu

Fav Sport to watch

Basketball

Fav Sport to play

Tennis

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