Creativity has always run through my veins through music, styling and textiles design but so has a love of people to the point where I have spent most of my adult life as a Psychotherapist, doing my creative pursuits as a hobby on the side. It has only been the last couple of years where I have really allowed my creativity to take centre stage and went back to Uni to study a Bachelor of Applied Fashion. Embracing my inner artist has been such a fun journey of self love and my own form of reinvention. I am using my experience of recreating myself but also my experience as a Psychotherapist to work with and teach others to learn how to love their bodies, know who they are and show up in a real way every day.
There was a lot of resistance for me to study fashion and some of that was self belief and ego/identity based, the rest is because I actually see a lot of problems within the fashion industry and did not want to contribute to harming the earth any more. Many of the clothes available now are made quickly, without consideration of the earth or the people that make them and they are made to wear out fast though I have been encouraged to find many brands that are have a great ethics and are making their clothes with sustainable practices. This has given me great hope and in an effort to be more sustainable, I try to use second hand materials when I can, choosing materials that are natural and of good quality such as leather, wool, denim or wood. I am also exploring using natural dyes such as indigo which led me to Bali where I trained and learnt how to make indigo dye from fermenting leaves from the indigo plant and using the dye in my textiles making. I also use digital printing and many of my items for sale are made to order which ensures less waste.
Ironically my name (Renae) means "Reborn" and it is so fitting (pardon the pun) as I am really into reinvention. Creativity has always allowed me to recreate myself in so many ways and I see fashion as a way that we can reinvent ourselves too as we put on different outfits choosing to express the authentic parts of ourselves that we want to at any given moment, but also experimenting with different identities or roles and becoming who we choose to become. This idea of reinvention is also a theme of my upcycling work as well where I use existing items (textiles and furniture mostly) and recreate them so they take on a new purpose, giving the original item new life. You'll see a lot of reinvention in my creations.