VoyageLA: Meet Jefferson Park Artist and Designer – Denise Dailey
Denise, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
“I would say I’ve always had somewhat of a creative flare, and a huge part of my inspiration came from styling hair. As a teenager, I would dream up wild hairstyles and then figure out how to bring them to life. In 2006, I began dabbling in portrait sculpture. I put my twist on my pieces by using silk and dried flowers for the hair.
In 2009, the unthinkable happened: I began to lose my hair due to a condition called Alopecia Areata. In a world where so much emphasis is placed on our appearance, it can be devastating to those who experience hair loss. Luckily, I had a great support network and an even greater vision.
When my hair first started falling out, my fella reassured me: “Don’t sweat it, baby. Hair is overrated.” This confidence inspired the creation of Prompt Flare Designs line- artful hair pieces I constructed from fabrics, ribbon, tulle and other textile materials. I felt the freedom to express my creativity with exaggerated, hyped-up, colorful, wearable hair art.
In 2011, I began my art business with the umbrella brand of Daily Impressions L (The “L” standing for my mission statement: Look. Love. Laugh.) In 2012, I was fortunate enough to work with Wendy Raquel Robinson’s Amazing Grace Conservatory, a NAACP Award Winning, community-based, non-profit program that focuses on performing arts training in acting, voice, and dance for youth. I got the chance to see my PromptFlare pieces bouncing down the runway on the students for their celebrity hosted fashion show fundraiser, and then again in the AGC production of Wicked, where they were also a huge hit. Seeing the way in which people reacted, smiling and laughing- I fell even more passionately in love with my creations and I knew for certain this is what I wanted to do.
Today I remain in awe at the ideas and places we have gone and have yet to go with these statement-maker designs. My hope is to bring joy and reduce sorrow with every project, starting with a percentage of my sales going towards Alopecia Awareness and the development of a more comfortable, ventilated half-wig I’ve designed.”
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