Who: Janick Gravel, 26
Where: I am from and live in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). My first language is French! :)
What do you do? I work for myself, from home, on my two companies. First, a graphic design company named Fonetik. And second, I create a jewelry line named Nea. I also write a blog *almost* daily about creative finds.
What inspires you? Textures and materials inspire me in my work for Nea. I love using unusual mediums to make unexpected pieces that can be worn. As for graphic design inspiration, really, about everything inspires me. It can be music, books, photography, objects... Anything! That’s another reason why I like writing my blog, I like discovering new things that I want to share with people, and it also fuels my everyday work.
Why are you fly? I think I’m fly because I create. I admire everyone that creates, whatever it is. Creativity is such a mysterious and fabulous thing. Oh, and also because I have really long hair! When your hair is half as long as your body, now that’s fly. Lol.
Advice: Accept what you got, girl! Whether it be having curves, being good in math or drawing the most beautiful portraits, be proud of what you can do and run with it. Everyone has exceptional capabilities, it’s just a matter of embracing and working with them.
AfroReggae started out as a group encouraging the youth of the favela communities ("shanty towns") in Rio de Janiero to avoid drugs and violence. Through music like hip-hop and reggae they were able to provide a positive alternative to hanging out in the streets. AfroReggae has now evolved into an organization that provides social activities like dance, art, and now fashion. Marcelo Sommer, a well-known fashion designer in Brazil, created a collection and brand with AfroReggae with the help of the communities they service. I think it's a wonderful way to bring together different disciplines and ideas to help and expose young people to bigger and better things. Here's a link to more background info and click here to see their fashion show. And here's an article.