Hello welcome back to open everyone you know I’m always inviting you to get social with us that’s right tweet us at proxeny TV and while you’re there tweet me to adrena valentin alright so our next gasp has an incredible story of hope after leaving a shelter in 2016 together with her significant other she’s been able to use her.
Artistry to help not only herself but others in the process and she’s hosted.
Several independent self expressive art workshops to inspire students to be their true self and now she has a new exhibition entitled I am culture and she’s gonna share more with us of what it took to go from homelessness to living oceanfront please welcome poet visual artists and hand-painted fashion designer sha kimono okay oh my goodness I know blessings to you and.
All you want to say on air congratulations on not allowing whatever hardship you had to overcome yes get the best of you that’s true look at where you are now alright so let’s talk a little bit about really briefly about.
The first time you were here with us and because we’re having you back on yes two years later right oh no it’s more how long ago was that oh my god almost four four years almost important yeah however you’re in an entirely different place yes sorry I lose track of time that’s cool I have.
Been watching you though come through here and and really what what inspires me the most is when we can bring you back and show people that you know there’s hope well it took the village to raise this child and if it wasn’t for your support and other people none of this would be possible like literally we were in the worst spot in our life.
In a shelter and having Broncs net as a platform to share our story and to see that there’s hope gave me more hope we were in the shelter for three years.
And it was the hardest three years and funny how everything works out we got out of the shelter a three-day anniversary of going in for February to February we were in the shelter we’re in Far Rockaway right on the ocean if I were in the Bronx well it’s just the fact that you have an ocean yeah.
Like you know yeah I was like hey and I was in the Bronx or Harlem none of this artwork that I’ve created what I’ve gotten done because I know everyone everyone knows me so I thought I was never gonna get out of that place and art was my therapist and finding the more.
I learned about myself and our culture the more I painted and the more comforted that we came to know.
That one day those doors are.
Gonna open for me and once I go to that.
Door my life is gonna change and poverty is gonna be a thing of the past it didn’t seem like that while I was in it I know but you know what I gotta tell you you know you were still exercising.
Your artistry right and that’s what you did yeah I mean even though you were in that situation yeah we document to you we welcome to you we brought you in and we have no case you yeah our viewers and and.
And the fact that you even brought that.
Up and I want to say that because it it was just a way of kind of encouraging you yeah to keep going well to trust yes that you’re going through this for a reason and I didn’t now the funny thing is I was creating art but we actually came to the show to do two music I talked about that’s the other and that’s the funny Street because that you do that with your husband yeah.
We perform as ash a jam band or ashay right now he’s torn with another artist sound boy Cartagena yes we love somewhere there he’s ready to go on tour and I.
Figured that this is a good time for me to write new music and to really build myself up as a visual artist a fashion designer and I love this yeah I love that you have it as our backdrop.
Yeah it’s beautiful in it stunningly beautiful it took me such a long time to develop and perfect my craft like these are some of the first pieces that I did once I got out of the shelter I just went crazy and invested in myself because of my mental illness and.
My physical disabilities I do get disability and I use it to not only sustain myself but to build my vision everything is hand painted no do play kitchens I’ve.
Mastered the craft so the pieces will be waterproofed and they will last a lot longer I love love love love denim because you can upcycle denim easily you can.
Go to your local thrift store and buy a cool denim jacket and I could just like change the whole scheme of it and use it definitely as a canvas because I love that you upcycle yeah right so upcycling in case you guys are unaware it’s like another form of.
Recycling yeah except it’s when you kind of repurpose yes something right and so do you do that because you’re I mean.
Obviously your Earth conscious yeah I am her daughter you know it really started because okay so like when I was in the.
Shelter we didn’t have money to buy clothes and shoes and stuff so people in the shelter will donate to me their old shoes and I thought that was so bizarre and because they were so like some of them were old I would feel self-conscious because I grew up in poverty and you know it was like PTSD to the tenth degree and.
My spirit was like listen you cannot continue on being a victim what can you do and it was like well I can’t paint these shoes so I started painting them but I was using paint that you would use for a canvas and.
So I went through the whole messy stage of it but now it’s like it’s become my job it’s become my duty my calling and my advice to people who’s going through a hard time is to believe in yourself my spiritual our culture ours because I believe the entire Africanized for it’s just merely as a reflection of each other it was out of culture that kept me sane because I.
Was losing my mind because I felt so hopeless I went to college for a year in Atlanta yada yada yada but I was starting to feel hopeless and they was.
Like listen this is your calling and when I look at my art it’s like it it it makes me want to cry but I take those tears and not just.
Keep fighting for what I feel like I deserve once I can see that yeah your ancestry is is influenced ‘men influence.
Within your your creativity but yeah I could see there’s indigenous over here you see Africa over there I see the Eye of Horus over there yeah all of it the from this side of Africa most definitely and you can see the ancient stuff.