There is no greater talent than finding beauty in the ordinary. From the genuineness of a stranger’s smile, to witnessing the first spring bloom sprout from the ground, these wonders are a-plenty.  But do we see them?   Our Spring /Summer 2015  guest artist, Frederico Frum, does. Meet MasPaz (Frederico Frum), a native of Colombia, currently residing in Washington D.C., whose inspiration is deeply rooted in his Latin American heritage. We commissioned MasPaz, meaning “more peace” in Spanish, to create a piece for our lightweight, summer Ohie skirt.  We were expecting from MasPaz a creative, unique piece of art and we got it.  We weren’t expecting, however,  an artist with a keen sense of history, social justice, and artistic purpose. Read on…..

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Working in the medium of aerosol spray and using  the artistic style of  graffiti, MasPaz has mastered the very difficult task of clean lines (remember, this is aerosol spray can application!)  and vibrant colors–which carried over perfectly into the theme of Ginger &  Mary Ann Clothing Co. apparel — fun, brightly colored, island/graffiti themed, one-of-a kind artistic prints.

MasPaz_Huntington2MasPaz was created to spread a message of peace and to raise money for the orphanage in Bogota, Colombia which I came from.”

The way we convert these works into wearable art is this:   MasPaz provides us his artwork. Our Art and Graphics Director converts it into a printable format. We place it on a complementing  “canvas” (in this case we used “Kindred Natural”, another custom design) and then find the right comfortable sport fabric to make this piece of artwork  into a work-to-sports/activity piece of apparel. Pictured below is MasPaz print on the OHIE Basic Sport Skirt.  

4962“Being that we constantly interact with nature, why not pay homage to our natural surrounding with the clothes we wear?”- Frederico Frum

We had a chance to catch up with MasPaz and dig deeper into what inspires him, and his words are just as beautiful as his art.

 How did you get started as an artist?

Long answer or short answer : ) When I was a little kid, maybe 4 years old, my mom gave me some magic markers. We were on the airplane and I remember opening them up, they were super wet and would bleed to the other side. From then on I would draw all the time.

What inspires your designs?

I am inspired by the indigenous art of my ancestors and the native people that once lived on this land. Their connection with the mother earth and all living beings captivates me, I feel it in their art. They not only made art to be beautiful but to also teach and share knowledge. I work to do the same.

Can you tell us the background of the print you created for Ginger & Mary Ann Clothing Co.?

The inspiration for the imagery I made for Ginger & Mary Ann Clothing Co. was a compilation of drawings related to the elements of nature. I created clouds, gusts of wind and water, a hand to provide guidance and a dove to lead our way to peace. Being that we constantly interact with nature, why not pay homage to our natural surrounding with the clothes we wear.

What is your favorite way to get active?

I enjoy waking up in the morning to a quick yoga / stretch sesh. I own a bike and am constantly riding around my city of Washington, DC. I love painting murals, climbing up and down ladders and reaching for high places is an active work out in itself. If I get the time I love swimming, running, and playing soccer, maybe a lil capoeira or kung fu class if I’m really lucky.

What is your ultimate dream as an artist?

MasPaz was created to spread a message of peace and to raise money for the orphanage in Bogota, Colombia which I came from. I dream that this message will never stop and that I will keep raising money for my orphanage.

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We are so pleased with this artist’s work and liked working with him so much, that we are collaborating for a custom graphic for Fall/Winter 2015 as well. Look for more MasPaz next season. If you want to be part of the MasPaz movement,  donate to the MasPaz Orphanage, follow this link: maspaz.co/store. You can also view a video from a recent art show fundraiser in February which raised $2800 for his orphanage. Be inspired here:https://vimeo.com/120552899