After some of the not so positive responses that I received from posting my inspiration boards last week, I’ll admit, it made me a little sad and took me off guard to see that a couple people had such a negative responses. I contemplated changing the core of my brand to only include influences of the African cultures, so as not to step on anybody’s toes. But then after some thinking and a little bit of research, I realized that I was a little too sensitive about the whole situation. Yes I still do appreciate getting the responses, because it does make me realize that I have to be thoughtful when using other people’s culture as inspiration. However, people use other people’s cultures for inspiration all of the time. Some people like it and some people don’t. That’s just life. After reflecting on the subject I have came to the conclusion that I WILL NOT shy away from using other people’s cultures for inspiration, because that is what my brand is based on and that is what I am passionate about. If i get a couple things wrong I apologize in advance, but I would rather be apart of the group that wants to explore and discover, than the group that sticks to the familiar. If you don’t like it….well too bad for you, because I am still going to move forward with or without your support. Why? Because this is my dream, this is my passion, this is my vision.
“Boheme Vagabond” Coming soon
Collection Three , entitled “Boheme Vagabond”, will focus on the free spirited, passion driven Bohemian culture #boho #bohemian #bohemia #romani #femme #woman #selahzuri #selahzurijewelry #gypsy #jewelry #necklace #ring #earring #bracelet #moodboard
To everyone who was offended by my moodboard I want to send an apology. Based on some of the responses I have received on just the mood board I see that my effort to do a jewelry collection inspired by the Bohemian culture has come off as ignorant and I guess a tad bit racist, which was NEVER my intent. The purpose of my jewelry collection is to try to explore other cultures and create pieces based on them. It was meant as a positive venture, not as negative and offensive, and again I do want to apologize. Although I was quite saddened by your response, I appreciate the fact that you shared the fact that you were offended. I know it sounds crazy for me to say that. The reason I say that I appreciate your expression is because it has caused me to take a step back and reflect on how trying to basically imitate a person’s culture and heritage without proper knowledge and research can be very risky and can come off very badly. I assume that the way you feel about my moodboard is the same way I would feel if a white person was trying to imitate the African American culture by wearing stereotypical clothing and painting their face brown/black. To them it may seem like they are flattering us, but to us it is very offensive. If I am accurate in my assumption of how exactly you feel, then I feel horrible. Since mocking another culture is not, and has never, been my intention, I will stick to cultures that I am familiar with until I am able to do accurate and in depth research on the cultures that I make the attempt to appreciate.