JG: As a designer, and cultural innovator, both fashion and presence must be part of your day to day. How are you approaching getting dressed, and making yourself up?
IA: If i’m honest i’ve really been enjoying the minimalistic quarantine lifestyle. Me and my friends have really invested in self care Sundays. Face masks, deep conditioning hair treatments. I even invested in a UV light so i can do my nails myself.
JG: Your talk series, TTYA Talks seems to have taken advantage of an otherwise bad situation, and seems like a really lovely way to continue engagement from within isolation. How do you think the podcast as well as Instagram Live Q&A’s have helped you to keep your message alive?
IA: I recorded the first episode pre lock down with Leomie Anderson and Neelam Gill. I had planned on recording the remaining in the studio then we went in to lock down! The great thing about lockdown is that everyone was at home and it almost made it easier to lock all my guests down. Each episode invites guests from the worlds of fashion, business, entrepreneurship, and culture onto the show, to discuss their work, lives, businesses and ambitions, alongside topical themes. The Instagram lives makes the podcast more interactive as listeners can directly ask the guests any questions they had from the episode.
JG: Working out, looking fresh, and casting a positive shadow on your origins are just some of the things you’ve been up to over the last year. Are there any new habits or hobbies you’ve been gravitating towards?
IA: Lockdown has really made me think about legacy. Without getting too deep I’ve really had time to think about, what long lasting impact am I going to be able to have within my community? I have to represent the change i would want my kids to see
JG: What is your go to riddim for the perfect home vibes?
IA: Snow Aalegra – Whoa
JG: The world is looking pretty grim at the moment, but hope is what we all need to will the light back into our days. Is there any tidbit of positivity you can share that’s helping you feel even just a little bit lighter? IA: I don’t think the world is looking grim at all – I think its all down to perception. My perception has been theres a reason why this is all happening. I’m using this as a master reset especially as my life was previously so fast paced. I’ve seen my god son learn how to ride a bike and build his confidence, had more time to really get to know myself and the freedom to set my own work hours. If anything I’ve learnt quarantine really is what you make it.