We had the good fortune of connecting with Anaeja Halliburton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anaeja, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
As an artist I’m inspired by daily life, emotions,pop culture, and extraterrestrial life. We all have a little alien in us and to manifest it into art is satisfying. Recently I’ve been very inspired by decomposition because it’s what we all have in common, and what will happen to us one day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is I can dive into different mediums with no problem. I can draw digitally, I can paint, sketch, and draw on paper as well. I even can transfer my creation through hand-painted clothes. I’m not afraid of trying new things with my art, and rarely stick to just one style. It was through practice and discipline that brought out the talent I already had. I remember being in my room at five years old drawing the human body. I had the image in my mind, but I got so frustrated it wouldn’t translate onto the paper. I remember just erasing and starting over. I kept going and going until I drew my first pair of pants. As small as it sounds, this was the start of my many creations and the back bone of what I make today. I didn’t just wake up and know how to create. I would watch videos on videos of YouTube tutorials, I would study whatever was in front of me, and try my best to draw it again on the paper below me. I took any advice I could without any conviction, because I knew it would make me better. Fortunately no one really questioned my calling, and It was in a way easy to create. If I had a tough time it was because of my own self doubts, and unsure nature. To overcome this I would look at past art achievements and give myself a quick hype talk. We can be our biggest enemies while creating and compassion is the answer for that. We must be easy on ourselves because creation is not perfect, and neither are we. My ultimate goal with my brand is to cater to celebrity clients through my apparel, and to leave a untraceable carbon footprint, by using toxic free paints, and up-cycled clothing. I want to be the opposite of the dash fashion industry, I am the take my time industry. When clothes are made at a slower pace, the quality makes it all the worth while. When I paint on clothes I truly embody what I’m thinking and put it into the fabric effortlessly, I make sure it’s quality by having three layers of fabric paint with a top coat, so that it pops out and people from feet away can see it. No matter where I’m at if I’m wearing any of my painted apparel I get compliments.The craftsmanship is undeniable.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spot in the city is definitely North Oakland in Pittsburgh PA. My ideal day is renting one of the city bikes and biking along the many trails they have to offer. After biking I would go to Atarashi sushi restaurant and get a delicious crab and shrimp roll with wasabi. I would then go to the Seoul market and get some snacks to watch the sunset at Schenley Park. Another great spot in Pittsburgh is Point park. When it’s warm my favorite thing to do is go skating around the fountain, and to soak up the sunshine by the river. I also love to walk around and go to east liberty and eat at my favorite place Honey grow. They have great stir fry foods, salads and I love their honey, fruit, and granola bowls.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Before I knew I was meant to be an artist my mother pushed me to go for it. She helped me apply for mentorships such as the Carnegie youth connection program, and made sure I was there every Tuesday. She would critique my drawings and let me know what to fix to make my lines more precise, and even helped me start my own face painting business at the age of 12. She wanted me to excel and keep working hard. Another person who pushed me was my art teacher Miss.Simon. She helped me get into the Andy Warhol youth program during high-school. She always has encouraged my gift and wanted to see me flourish in any way I can. She is now a family member to me, and is always there when I’m having art block and a hard time creating. My other high-school teachers Miss.Chick and Ms. Hallas are amazing as well. Ms. Hallas helped me express myself, and held no restrictions on what I created. She made me feel free in my art and not ashamed of it. Ms.Chick helped me to organize myself and cracked down on my time management and sharpened my technical abilities. She showed me great ways to mix colors and how to truly capture a image from the real world onto a canvas. These four women truly have my back and my best interest for the growth of my art career.