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Alexis is a designer based in Toronto.  

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ALEXIS TORIMIRO

YJ: What’s your current hustle?

AT: Art

YJ: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?

AT: Yes! I've always been into art, and was in an art program for 6 years. It's always been something I was naturally passionate about.

YJ: If you could tell your younger self one thing about life, what would it be?

AT: Do what you love and everything else will fall into place.

YJ: What do you think is different about your creative process?

AT: I think either between my colour editing and the details I added into my pieces. I love playing with colours and I feel that little details in artwork are the most important in my opinion.

YJ: What are you still looking to achieve?

AT: I want to achieve a lot of things, right now im focusing on expanding my art into more than prints which, is why I stopped selling them. In the future, hopefully I can be at a place where I can give other people opportunities. 

YJ: What would you say to someone who may think that their talent is not an ideal career path?

AT: There is no such thing as an "ideal" career path. You have a talent for a reason, and you should always pursue it. Making yourself miserable over a "safe" career choice will never make you happy.

YJ: If you could make a bumper sticker what would it say?

AT: "Touch the Sky"

YJ: What music do you listen to for motivation?

AT: I don't really listen to music for motivation, listening to music helps me concentrate. I usually listens to R&B, Rap and 80's music.

YJ: What inspires your designs?

AT: When I daydream thats usually where my inspiration comes from. It's hard to explain.

YJ: A majority of your designs feature African-American women. Is that intentional?

AT: Of course! I grew up around beautiful black women, and being a child interested in art, I never saw black women in paintings at art museums or illustrations I'd see online. As I got better artistically, I started to create art that I wanted to see. 

For more of Alexis, follow her here

*The featured images were designed by Alexis.

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