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Artist Spotlight: Judah Ross

Oami Powers of Judah Ross is a local Raleigh artist who has graced The Handmade Market lots of times. When you see her clothing, you’ll understand why we can’t get enough of her. Her collections are gorgeous and classy with a hint of edge.

Are you a full-time artist? If not, what is your day job? If you were not an artist, what would you do? In addition to working on Judah Ross pretty close to full time I work part time at a local art gallery with two locations — The Mahler Fine Art and The Collectors Gallery. If I wasn’t designing clothes I would be pursuing my other passion — painting.

How do you make your studio workspace a happy, productive place to create?
I’m most productive when my workspace is tidy and distraction free — I’m naturally a bit a slob, so I’ve had to train myself to be more organized. Also, music/podcasts are critical.

Tell us about a role model or mentor who has helped guide you and your craft.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of guides over the years — my mom, step mom & best friend among them. Recently though I started working with a mentor, Carrie Reuben of Organicality, who has really helped me focus my goals and be more strategic in my planning for Judah Ross. It’s been a great experience and definitely one I would recommend.

What are some of your favorite art/craft/design trends right now? I often joke that I’m not a ‘proper’ girl, so I’m enjoying the tomboy trend that’s big right now.

Which social media site do you use most often for your business — Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram — and why? Instagram! My addiction to gets me into trouble sometimes!

Be sure to visit Oami on Saturday, November 9 and see her latest offerings in the sustainable natural fibers that are her signature style. We love Oami!


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