Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolina Hernandez.
Hi Carolina, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States when I was 18 years old determined to become a Fashion Designer. In 2005, I enlisted in the United States Navy and got stationed onboard USS Pearl Harbor LSD 52 based in San Diego, CA. After completing my military service, I enrolled at The Art Institute of California SD, where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, Fashion Design and won a scholarship during the 6th annual fashion show competition.
When it comes to being a Fashion Designer, I consider myself very passionate about utilizing my creative skills that range from designing, sewing garments, making accessories to creating textiles and stickers with my digital designs.
When I am not creating artwork, I devote my time as a volunteer for Veterans Stand Together, a veteran non-profit organization providing resources to veterans, and assisting as an ambassador of Bunker Labs organization with entrepreneurial training and resources for business owners.
I can proudly say that I continue serving in the Navy reserves as a Chief and the best part of it is that I get to give back to this country while I am developing leadership skills working with multiple generations from diverse ethnic groups.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Different struggles were present along the way in different stages of my life. Moving to America and not knowing English was one of the most challenging things I had to overcome especially being a teenager. When I first joined the Navy, I went on multiple deployments and after a while, I felt like I was disconnected from the world and it took me some time to adapt. Even though it was a rough transition, I would admit that going overseas and traveling to different countries was one of the most remarkable experiences during my military service.
I have learned that life is a journey and we continue adding to our journals as we experience the good, the bad, and the ugly. They are all essential elements of our existence.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a third generation of seamstresses in my family and I can honestly say that I love fabrics and I want to have them all. There is nothing more exciting than the transformation of raw materials into functional and wearable art pieces. That’s my God-given gift. During my latest deployment, I spent my time in Dubai, and it’s when my design aesthetic changed. I was so overwhelmed by the decorations, the details, and the creativity of the Middle Eastern culture. When you look at my designs, you can see texture, details, shapes, and forms with the fabrics and embellishments.
What makes me proud of my work is that I am the artist who gets to make every single masterpiece by hand and by doing that, I increase inner peace.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The most important lesson that I have learned during my journey is being humble enough to ask for help when things get tough. Sometimes we think we can figure things out on our own and, we forget that we are part of a community where others are willing to assist one another during difficult times.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.veterancoutureart.com
- Instagram: @veterancouture
- Facebook: @veterancouture
- Twitter: @chcarol
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm8lhjkfzxWCOM0H_-gcNxw
Photographers: Steven Harvey & Jesse Simmons. Models: Elizabeth Yeo & Daughter, Janice Chen, Charlotte Peng, Nini Amerlise, Juliette Cecile, Cailey Gene, Danna Xue, Lidia Domagalska, Kateryna Sheremet, Christine Hom, Emily Pachi. MUAH: Lauren Hudson, Alyssa Romano & Tatiana Seligman.