Name: Sarah Salomonsky
School: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Bio: Sarah Salomonsky, a rising fashion design junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, is an artist of many talents--especially in needle arts and crafting! Outside of the classroom, she is working to start her own streetwise, or outdoor, accessories line consisting of knitted hats, scarves and socks.
A daughter to an artist, a granddaughter to an artist and a great granddaughter to the renowned portrait painter David Silvette, Sarah began taking art classes as a kindergartener. Passionate about painting, Sarah continued taking courses throughout high school.
“One of my favorite pieces is a painting I did in high school,” Sarah said. “It was an abstract portrait of my friend Andy. I feel like nothing better really embodies my aesthetic like this painting, in particular, does.”
As a senior, she applied to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Pratt Institute. Sarah’s initial intention was to attend VCU as a sculpture student. However, a collector of Vogue issues since the age of 13, she decided to reroute her future and study fashion design.
“I have always had a knack for fashion,” Sarah said.
Inspired by Others
“I love large colors and abstract portraiture,” she said.When it comes to fashion, Sarah looks to designers’ Instagram accounts and fashion blogs for inspiration. She follows Anwar Carrots, Gucci, Zanita Studio and Aureta.
Sarah is currently constructing an entirely embroidered tank top for a summer course at VCU. After class, she faces about eight hours of homework each day.
“Pushing through the pain of those days you just really don’t want to work has, by far, been one of the hardest things I’ve done in relation to an assignment or project,” she said. “Embroidery is painstaking work that is insanely time consuming and I had definitely underestimated the intensity of such a fine, delicate craft.”
Sarah has learned how to persevere through challenges and obstacles she faces during the construction processes of her creations. As a fashion design student, she has experienced the rewards of hard work and dedication when transforming a brilliant design concept into a reality.
“I have learned from my few years of schooling that your work is a good as you make it. The harder you work and the more time you put into a project the better it becomes,” she said.
To Future Artists
Sarah advises the next generation of artists to work hard, remain dedicated, and never give up.
“The amount of work you put in determines the level of your success” she said.
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