Our last ART BISH profile is Bay Area photographer, Cloudnai. Working with big names like Nipsey Hussle, A$AP Rocky, and Post Malone, the artist has solidified her name in the game. But what’s more important is her mission to representing the underrepresented. Highlighting black bodies, black hair, and the black experience, her art depicts the reality and beauty in being comfortable as the underdog.
When she’s not capturing intimate moments, she is the founder of Face2Face Media, a platform centered around networking with creators from all walks of life. Nailah Howze provides a place where the unheard can shout.
And that’s a wrap for our ART BISH profiles, BUT you can learn even more at the upcoming ART BISH Digital Festival, next Wednesday (Sept. 30th) at 5PM PST//8PM EST.
Stunning Los Angeles indie-pop artist, Cassie Marin is our next ART BISH artist profile. From the young age of four, music has been embedded into Marin’s life starting with the piano. For Marin, it was more than just a state of being–it was a way of life. After enduring a serious gymnastics injury, she turned her focus to music and writing starting at the age of 13, where she began to take her craft to the next level by learning how to produce her own music. Not focusing on friendship, boys, parties, or other teen-related activities, Marin found comfort in herself and craft with music by her side. Her unique curated sound brings her vision of individualism and self-love to light with lush harmonic tones, melodic synths, and moody R&B vibes to create an infectiously dense atmosphere.
With her latest EP- “Sellout,” Marin serves a dark, yet intimate, look that iconically showcases her creative sound. As a powerhouse artist, Marin not only dominates in her lane with her pop and R&B fused creations but also within the modeling industry as well. She makes hard work and dedication look easy by consistently amplifying her true form of artistry. Although maintaining focus and pushing through our internal struggles are not easy, it’s individuals like her that defy the constraints of music put within a particular genre to facilitate an unbounded wave of musicians and creators.
Be sure to be on the lookoutfor our last ART BISH profile, tomorrow! And don’t forget to check out our piece on the upcoming ART BISH Digital Festival, NEXT WEDNESDAY (SEPT. 30TH) @5PM (PST)//8PM (EST)!
Fearless San Diego visionary, our next ART BISH artist profile is surreal artist Giselle Ibarra. From motherhood to hosting her own art show, Ibarra’s journey to success is inspirational and encourages others to take life’s challenges head-on. Being a self-taught surrealist artist with a strong family background of hard work and entrepreneurship ultimately led her to launch Sincerely Art in 2018, not knowing the success and recognition it would bring to her business. As a Pisces, Sincerely Art, also known as “Sin,” creates dream-like inspired canvases filled with clouds, eyes, nature, and sky colors that connect others to her passion on another level. The use of vibrant colors and captivating imagery are a signature of Sin’s that expresses her vision and emotions and inspires others to create their own vision as well.
Earlier this year, Sin and partner Robb Anthony successfully launched their first Solo Art Exhibition and Pop-Up Shop in San Diego, California, producing a high turnout of guests in a show of support for Sin. The exhibition included canvases, clothing, tapestries, stickers, and several other featured products from Sin’s online site available for purchase. Although motherhood and maintaining a balance with her business has not always been easy, Sin’s journey is a testimony that believing in yourself is all that it takes to make your dreams a reality.
We have two more artist profiles coming your way ahead of Wednesday’s (Sept. 30th)ART BISH Digital Festivalat 5 PM//8 PM, so look alive and prepared to be inspired!
Hailing from California, our next ART BISH artist profile is model Ashourina Washington. Taking pride in her Assyrian and Black culture, Washington had planned on becoming a role model for girls of color in the television world by developing her own show. But as life has it, things don’t always go to plan. After juggling several jobs, she ended up taking on her dream in a whole new avenue, modeling. Working under Natural Models LA, Washington has worked with an array of names likeNasty Gal, Danielle Bernstein’s Macys summer collection, Savage x Fenty, SKIMS, House of CB, and Target all while advocating for true, authentic diversity in the world of fashion, beauty, and entertainment. It’s individuals like her that continue to break down the social “standards” of who and what success looks like.
You can learn more about how to make your passions a reality at next Wednesday’s ART BISHDigital Festival at 5 PM//8 PM EST! More info on the event here. Be on the lookout tomorrow for our next ART BISH profile!
Find your inner BISH at the 3rd ever ART BISH Digital FestivalWednesday, Sept. 30that 5 PM PST//8 PM EST. Tickets are on salenow ($5 OFF PROMO CODE here) with an Early Bird ticket going for $15 and a VIP package that includes a BONUS 45-minute Q+A Session with a headliner of your choice and an exclusive VIP merch box, for $125. For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to The Global Alliance Against Trafficking of Women (GAATW), an organization committed to fighting worldwide sex trafficking.
The festival is a LIVE online event dedicated to connecting aspiring womxn passionate about the creative arts. Started by founder Claire Bishara, the festival is designed to dissolve the mysteries and misconceptions about starting a career, as a womxn, in the creative industry. The full experience will include six stages headlined by some of the most successful womxn in their respective industries ranging from fashion designers to full-time artists, all who will share their stories and tips on evolving your passion into a career!
Other opportunities include having the chance to shop at and support womxn-run virtual vendor booths (ART BISH Apparel, alilpickle, andManic Diaries) and network with fellow creatives attending the festival in chat booths.
Most importantly, the ART BISH Festival aims to eliminate gatekeeping by allowing attendees the chance to request and join a stage via video-chat, ultimately allowing for a space of community and authentic interaction.
If you’re not sold yet, take a look at the lineup below and read our Q+A with the main BISH herself, Claire Bishara.
How did ART BISH begin and what is it at its core?
I started out as a painter. I would show my work at art shows all over Los Angeles and Orange County and tag my paintings “Art Bish.” People always commented that they loved the name, and so I decided to order a tank top off the internet and rhinestone it myself to say “ART BISH.” I took it everywhere with me and shot it on every girl I could find.
People instantly started wanting one, and so I started to make more forms of apparel that said ART BISH. The brand formed into a clothing brand that empowered the badass womxn artists. The apparel turned into a podcast, which turned into festivals and now it’s a full digital platform that empowers creative womxn!
What made you want to start Art Bish?
I started ART BISH because as an artist, I always grew up feeling like I could never live a successful life as an artist. I tried to fit into other career paths and find another hobby that I thought would make me successful but being a creative constantly pulled me back. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I got more invested in the LA art world that I started to come across these super successful badass creative womxn who had full throttle careers and businesses from being artists, designers, photographers and more! I wanted to get the word out there and highlight these women in hopes of inspiring other emerging artists to go after their creative dreams.
You mentioned this is different than a panel discussion format, how so?
What makes this festival different is that not only do our attendees get to hear advice, tips, and tools from some of the most successful womxn in the creative space, but they also get the chance to jump on stage with them via video chat and connect face to face. This lets our attendees have a more open and authentic conversation and truly get inspired. In addition, our festival has both a networking portion and a virtual expo where our attendees get to video chat with other attendees at the festival and shop exclusive deals from womxn run businesses.
Who are a few artists you’re most excited about?
I am truly excited for every single artist at this festival! Just because of my background in painting and fashion, I am definitely excited to see Badwood kill it at her stage!
Did you do gatherings IRL before the online events?
No, we had not…it was definitely something we were working towards and still want to do in the future but these festivals were purely born in quarantine.
Tell us a bit about what guests can expect from an ART BISH event?
Something the festival guests can expect is that they are going to truly leave the festival feeling completely moved to go after and chase their creative passions. The festival is such an inspiring experience, it’s almost impossible not to leave feeling a new sense of pride in your creative talents and a new sense of ambition to start making moves in your creative career! I think they can also expect to learn quite a lot.
I personally think that our education system doesn’t do the best job at not only valuing creative careers but teaching us enough about the real tools we need to know to pursue them. Our festival does a great job at this because you are hearing directly from the womxn who are currently living that dream out and who are at this festival to show our attendees how they can do the same.
Do you dabble in any art/creative mediums yourself or are you just a lover/promoter of the arts (I can relate!)
Yes, I definitely do! I started out as a painter and that will forever be my first creative love. I also do photography, creative directing, fashion designing and more! I like to try and do it all!
Thank you Claire for the Q+A and for giving aspiring artists a space to feel inspired and empowered! Be sure to stay tuned to our features of every artist headlining at ART BISH! And don’t forget to tune in to the festival on Wednesday, Sept.30th at 5 PM (PST) 8 PM (EST). You can learn more and buy tickets here!