Ayana Tomeka

Fashion – Chicago

Artist, Designer & Poet, Ayana Tomeka employs visual and verbal landscapes to capture moments in time. Raised in Chicago and a lifelong resident of Hyde Park, Ayana grew up profoundly influenced by the neighborhood’s new bohemian vibe. The eclectic energy inspired her to remix a graffiti-laced style she calls \"grungy, sexy, intellectual.\" \"In my works, I like to explore what\'s raw and cultivate that essence. Fashion is an extension of my art whereas printmaking and sketching silhouettes are two of the only things that\'ll keep me up \'til 5am. I like prints and silhouettes that are grungy, sexy and intellectual. Hence, that\'s who I design for; I design for me and women and men like me who love statement-making fashion.\"