Tatiya "Tiya" Chounlamountry
St. Petersburg High sophomore
Everything art and fashion just explains exactly who I am. I can still remember back in kindergarten creating Christmas tree ornaments and first developing my love for art. As I grew, my love for art did, too, and my focus shifted more toward the art of fashion. Observing, drawing and creating fashion is the best way for me to express my ideas, and a career in fashion is what I dream about. I want the dresses I design to be on runways all over the world. For me, the easiest part of the creative process is finding ideas; actually making a dress, that's the hard part, but ideas come naturally. I can find inspiration from just about everything, whether I'm just leafing through a magazine or watching Disney cartoons, eventually my imagination takes over. Right now I'm working on dresses centered around the idea of childhood beliefs based on the movie The Rise of the Guardians. I refuse to let my designs be anywhere near typical, even if that means using coffee filters as fabric. My art makes me unique and lets me express to people who I really am, because my art makes me who I am.
As told to Fiona Nematbakhsh, St. Petersburg High sophomore