Sovrin Apparel Skeleton Creature Muscle Tank

When did you first become immersed in the world of fashion and the art of printmaking?

Well funny thing is, I’ve been obsessed with fashion since I was 14. It all started with Harajuku street fashion and Helsinki street fashion. I was infatuated with these crazy outfits people had made or thrifted. I literally stalked Fruits and I then started following in their footsteps and making my own clothing (sewn, not printed). Sketching outfits, making collages from magazines, thrifting and sewing clothing. They all became my favorite pastimes. After a while, I started getting recognition in school for my unique style and people wanted garments sewn by me. That’s when I first started my own little company Maverick that’s no longer around. It got a lot of acknowledgement. I participated in four or five runway shows and had a few newspaper and magazine articles written about me. It was probably one of the most exciting times in my life so far. I did take a break from Maverick to focus on school and ended up being a  store manager at Hot Topic. I was in the process of applying for a buying position but managing really wasn’t my thing. I found myself fantasizing about crazy clothing ideas every day and had this “Ram Skull” design that I desperately needed to put on a tank top so that’s when I started SOVRIN. A good friend of mine and fellow Etsy seller, Saul of The Bare Tree taught me how to print. I honestly don’t think I ever would have gotten into printing had it not been for him.

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs that wish to turn their artistic passions into a successful business venture?

Just go for it. I can’t tell you how many people come up to me and say they have these things they want to do so badly, but have  something like a job or money standing in the way. Well I’ve found that the reality of it is that you are the only one standing in your way. So move over, and go do what you want to do. Save up $500 or $1000 and start small. Apply for a credit card or try Kickstarter and give it a big push and don’t give up. If you are a youngin’ reading this, I’d say start now. Find any way to get into that niche you are looking to be in whether it be through blogging, a small etsy shop and just make what you want for fun and learn what the necessary tools are. Find any way to get yourself out there. The younger you are, the more people will be amazed at what you are doing and in the end have the world looking at what you are doing.

What is your utmost passion in life besides fashion design?

It’s my absolute dream to one day own a horse. I used to show ride horses when I was younger and it’s by far the most incredible and exhilarating feeling. I miss it dearly but in time I hope
to have a small farm and my own horse.

What projects can we expect from SOVRIN in 2015?

It’s my goal to re-release some tank top designs. I think I may have just found a winner. It has a longer back and a great drape but it will be a bit before that comes out. Also, I’m going to try and release more hand sewn/printed apparel. I feel like I stand out a bit in having the talent to sew and print. I should really try and utilize that to create fully customized and unique items. It all is very time consuming, but this being my only job now I’m going to do my best to use every minute of it!

A big thank you goes out to the wonderfully talented Kayla Garland for taking the time to share her art and expertise with us. It is an honor to have been able to host this interview and I hope that you, my dear readers, have enjoyed it as well. Please check out Kayla’s undeniably awe inspiring works on her official site as well as her Facebook and Instagram pages to follow her upcoming work!


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