Anastaja seeks to inspire change through design with integrity.
In it’s entirety, the collection aims to diminish the disconnect between the microcosm and macrocosm in an effort to emphasize our connection to each other as a human race and our relationship to both our planet and the cosmos. Although my collections differ from each other in aesthetic, they are intrinsically connected through their inspiration.
I hope to stimulate curiosity and appreciation for our natural world and the beauty in the incredibly efficient and perfect order of the universe.
We live in a day and age where we have the technology and opportunity to change the course history – yet we are risking the future of our species to adhere principles and ideologies that have proven to benefit the wealthy and privileged at the expense of our natural resources and the general welfare of the world. Narratives that breed hostility, chauvinism, racism, and fear consume us while the powers at play continue waste our tax dollars on military spending and abuse the system to better serve the personal interests of an oligarchic administration.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
United States Declaration of Independence
What I hope to do is overcome the ever-present cultural backlash that prevents us from acting in the best interest of the human race. Instead of dismissing or even openly attacking and scorning other ways of living because they do not ‘align’ with the American values of capitalism, I strive to encourage open-mindedness so that future generations may actively work through disagreement to find and apply solutions to our global problems.
It is because I believe in our “unalienable rights” that I refuse to sit back and watch the world burn. The bubble of our privileged circumstance fosters an environment that is quick to ignore the suffering of others because we do not often feel it ourselves. By focusing on a plethora of real-world issues and showcasing them through good design, I plan to develop a platform for important conversation that is fueled by our consumerist culture. It is through the utilization of technology and the cyber sphere that I strive to encourage us to lift our eyes from our phones and become more observant and aware of the world around us. Conversely, I am interested in the way clothing can function as a conversation starter, and I hope to stimulate a thirst for truth, knowledge, and critical thinking through the integrity of my designs. I do not only seek to create simply for aesthetic value, but to balance beauty with the intent to teach, open minds, and present new ideas that might catalyze a paradigm shift in the way we view ourselves, our global society, and our relationship to one another. Finally, I strive to foster a sense of community through the message of my label. The people who support my art and design will find a community of like-minded souls that converge around the good of humanity and show the power of our devotion to the good of the whole.
“Because the true secret is your life will not be defined by the society we have left you. To paraphrase Robert Bolt, “society has no more idea of what you are than you do because ultimately, it has only your brains to think with. Every generation must define itself. And so make the world that suits itself.” So if you must find your own path and we have left you no easy path then decide now to choose the hard path that leads to the life and the world that you want. And don’t worry if we don’t approve of your choices.”