Jazmine Howard – Meraki Blues – Style Compass Media
Questions: Monica M Lawton / Style Compass Media
Amswers: Jazmin Howard / Meraki Blues
Please introduce yourself.
My name is, Jazmine Howard
Where are you from, and how did your experiences shape you?
I was born in Malmo Sweden to a Swedish mother and African American father. I spent many years in both parts of the world, and experienced all of that which entails, to come from two such different cultures. It has shaped me to appreciate life differences, and also made me realize that we are also all the same.
What brought you to Bali?
I was pretty exhausted from working full time, with a teen, and a toddler, while juggling a visual manager position with being a full-time single mom, and just never feeling like I could catch up or have any time to myself or to do and give my children a more peaceful life. I asked each day for the universe / God to give me an answer that would be for the highest good of us all and one morning I woke up with the answer. I’d never been to Bali, and did not know what to expect, but it has surely been the best experience / step I could have ever have taken.
I have met the most amazing people here and been able to make a difference in other peoples lives. Priceless.
What inspired you to become a designer?
I’ve worked in Visual Merchandising, Art Directior and Interior styling for 20 years and have always had the idea in the back of my mind to create my own product. I just didn’t have the right idea or the courage to move forward on it then.
Did you have a previous experience in design?
How did you come up with your company name?
I saw an instagram post one day with the description of the word Meraki in it after I’d been thinking a lot about what name to use, that represents “doing what one loves”, and there it was. Meraki means “ To pour ones soul into ones work”. The blue came as a natural addition because I love natures blues (the ocean and the sky) and wanted to keep the focus on creating blue things. I had another concept, and website created prior that I never launched, that also had a blue focus, but lacked the meaning other than just being a blue concept site. This is very different. The goal with Meraki Blues, is to connect women from different cultures and backgrounds with each other, and to raise consciousness, in style.
Describe in 3 words what your brand Maraki Blues represents to you.
Possibility, Consciousness, and Beauty…
What fabrics do you use to create your designs?
Linen and cotton mostly. Chambrays, and denim made from 100% cotton is the main materials used. We want to create our own fabrics that are naturally dyed, and have a special collection in the plans, to introduce this.
Where do you want to see your brand represented?
I love your social media content, what inspires your photos?
Mostly nature, light, and open environments. Serenity, and textures inspire me, and gives me the desire to capture, and share…
If you could give advice to a room full of business owner hopefuls, what would it be?
I would tell them to stick with your goals, and don’t give up. Devote your time without any distractions (phones etc) to work on your ideas, but don’t let it take over your life. If you can recharge yourself by doing nothing for a day, or so. We become more productive, and centered, the less stressful our lives are. Also, know that your ideas are needed, and that what you create matters. Recognize that you are your authentic self. We are each born with a gift, or several, and when sharing them with the world through our craft / skill set we can only succeed. It may take time, but as long as you feel inspired, keep it going, and when you loose inspiration ask yourself “why”, before quitting. It’s usually only when we are overwhelmed, and not because your idea wasn’t good enough…