We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisa Fugate and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alisa, why did you pursue a creative career?
From the time I was young, creativity has always intrigued me. It always brought amazement to me that someone can come up with and idea and form it into a tangible thing for many to enjoy. A painting that can move emotion, an outfit that can make one feel like a powerhouse or a necklace that makes someone feel beautiful…this to me was magic and it has woven itself into all parts of human society. I wanted to be apart of this and decided to pursue a creative career surrounded by artist and makers alike.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The one thing about my art I am most proud about is my ability to take chances. I am always open to learning new mediums and techniques and then merging them all together to see what new creation I can come up with. With my paintings anything goes as long as the mediums work for me and with my jewelry, so many things can be worn as adornments and I love to create wearable art that is a conversation starter and unique. This I feel has helped me grow Sol V Kai Design. It is not easy creating something and sharing it with the world. However having the courage to try something new has helped me overcome mistakes. I would like people to see the creative chances that Sol V Kai takes in the future.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area I would show them the joy of living the southern California life style! We would head down to Ocean Beach to catch a few waves in the morning and then enjoy a breakfast burrito and a walk on the pier. Then head over to Balboa Park to view some museums and have lunch at Panama 66 while people watching, talking and laughing over some great food and drinks. Maybe head down to the Liberty Station art District for some shopping at Sea Hive Station and at night hit up Skate World to roll around to some tunes. Then Close the night with some drinks in North Park at one of the many hip bars and restaurants.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well first I would like to dedicate my earliest artistic inspiration to my childhood babysitter, a teenage boy named Rafael. He was very kind to me, and would hand draw paper dolls with clothes for me to play with, introduced me to MTV and let me help him build a haunted house in his garage. He surrounded himself with art and as a 5 year old this was so intriguing. Watching him create made me want to do it and I was always grateful for that. Second I want to give resounding gratitude to my art professors at Monterey Peninsula College. They pushed me to take challenges and a gave me the skills to grow. They told me what I needed to hear, taught me to step back and look at things from a different angle and encouraged me to ask questions…MPC art department, thank you. Last I would thank my beautiful late grandmother Edna Lewis. She gifted me with patience, focus and problem solving. She was the calmest most kind person and if it was not for her showing me this, I may have given up on creating art many years ago. She showed me the skills to slow down and observe, which are useful to an artist, also she was one of my biggest fans and always made me feel special. She truly was a guiding light and had a huge impact on who I am today.
All Photos credit Alisa Fugate