ChaCha is a Toronto based, multi-disciplinary artist, designing for interiors, fashion, jewellery, and display. When she is not planning her move to her dream house in the Mediterranean Sea, ChaCha is reflecting on her next art exhibition: a piece about the migration of the soul and our place on Earth.
When I first enter her studio, the presence of her 'creatures' in the room is so intense that I feel the obligation to acknowledge each and every one of them and make my own presence welcomed. There is a sense that I’ve disrupted an intimate gathering. But eventually I settle in, and we begin our conversation around what self-acceptance really is and how her introspective view of her own life experiences can be so anchored in her creativity.
L: How do you connect with yourself?
C: I have quite a nice time with myself, actually. My whole world is full of creativity. I try to see everything around me as an art form. I play a lot. I have this childish quality that makes every day fulfilling. Music is also a big part of it. It starts in the morning until the end of my day. I put on different ambiance and it guides me through my work. I was told that I have a flair for living, and I remind myself of that in order to stay grounded.
L: Is lingerie important to you? Why?
C: Yes, lingerie is very important to me. It’s a privilege to be a woman and lingerie embraces our femininity. I love being a woman; it’s an everyday thing. I’ve always been into my clothes. Each piece needs to feel unique, careful, and well-curated like the rest of my world. When I get dressed, I think of my complete outfit. I match my underwear to my clothes so I feel sensual, intelligent, and sexy. Lingerie brings it all together for me, so I can feel good from the inside/out, it’s the same with your clothes.
L: Tell me about your work.
C: These pieces are a very personal journey to me; knowing who you are and knowing your truth. It’s about the migration of the soul. It’s an organic process. It comes from within, and it surprises you. There are scars, wrinkles, birthmarks, and my work represents what we go through and how we still maintain. There is a conscious component to my art whether it’s obvious or not, but it doesn’t matter to me. I also love natural, earthy colours (which is why I wear the Innocence set).
L: Does Innocence mean anything to you?
C: It brings it back to the First Time. The first time in general, as there is one for everything, and good or not, it is always full of emotions.
After sharing the photos with her first, she texted me back saying this:
'This has been a good and yet emotional process. I guess I have always had an issue with getting older. Perhaps this is why I act like a youthful person as much as possible. (lol) It is hard to look at my body. It is been through so much, lots of war wounds.
Thanks for this process of acceptance.'
Social media can make us forget how difficult the path to self acceptance can be. We encourage women to show their bodies, and take photos of themselves. It looks easy, everyone is doing it.
We forget that we don’t have to. Being in the present moment in your body by giving it all the respect that it deserves is already a challenge, and seems to be the first step to self acceptance.
ChaCha is wearing the Innocence bralette and matching high waist brief.
Details of ChaCha's show to be released soon!