CarLeisha L Garner [cgarner]
What is your specialty?
Fashion Illustrations and flats by hand and using Illustrator.
Where can we view your portfolio online?
What made you interested in design?
I have wanted to be a fashion designer since elementary school. I spent my days making catalogs of my design ideas. As I grew up I profected my skills and obtained a BA in Fashion Design.
What has been your professional career path?
I went to Kent State University, graduated with a BA in Fashion Design. Interned at a few small design studios. Worked in the retail industry during college and shortly after.
What is your motivation? What makes you get up in the mornings?
God is and has always been my motivation. He faithfully wakes me up each day, so the least I can do is appreciate the life He has given me and strive to achieve success daily.
How would you define your design style?
My designs are updated classics. I believe in the strength of staples, but can appreciate the twist of a new trend. I enjoy combining classics with edgy details.
How do you promote and move your work?
I don't really promote my work, but my portfolio is on a website and it can be viewed by anyone.
In which new areas would you like to experiment?
I enjoy accessories, I think I would be interested in learning more about that the design process behind, handbags, belts, shoes. Also I would love to learn about fabric dying.
Shapes, color, concept: where do you usually begin when conceiving a design?
Color! I love color and it is usually the driving force behind any line that I develop.
What are your sources for documentation and to generate ideas?
The world wide web is full of ideas! I also can not forsake magazines and books.
What is your favourite type of customer?
The one who isnt afraid to stray away from her usual pick to try something new.
To a certain point, is copying justifiable?
Yes. repetition is the name of the game. Everything that can be done has already been done in the world of fashion. Everyone copies, sometimes we copy from a current line of a major fashion house or maybe we go back 100 years and find something that we are inspired by. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I don't believe that you should make exact replicas of someone else's work, I don't think that that is appropriate.
List some things you dislike seeing in design.
Unrealistic designs, garments that are not functional, just lots of details that make no sense and have no purpose.
Do you believe the newer generations are better at designing?
I dont think it is a matter of better, just different. I think every generation has something different to offer.
With which type of client would you decline in working for?
A client that doesnt allow for the designer to have any creative input at all.
Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Up to what point do your designs reflect your personality?
I think everything that I design reflects my personality. I believe that my designs are a part of me, but there is a balance to giving that client what they want and still holding onto the integrity of my work.
How do you distinguish passing fads from mainstays in new trends?
You have to look at the garment itself. Is is pratical, is it flattering to the person wearing it or is it just a new hot idea? I think passings fads are ideas/concepts that are new and exciting, but in order to have staying power, it needs to be flattering to a variety of body types, age groups and markets and versitale.
If you weren't a designer, what would you be doing?
There isnt anything else I would rather do. If I'm not a designer, I'm not myself. Designing is a part of who I am.
At this moment, what would be your dream job or project?
My dream job would be working for a bridge/better line as an assistant designer. Gaining as much experience as possible. I truly enjoy designing suiting and seperates.
Can you see yourself in this field twenty years from now?
Of course. Only 20 years from now, I'm running the show and calling all the shots! I want to develop and women's sportswear brand that can be developed into several other markets as well, juniors, plus, contempoary. I envision a brand without limits.
CarLeisha L Garner
New York, USA