a note about The Power Plant (fka @powerplantoakland ) :
I created The Power Plant a few years ago when I was just a baby—an avid vintage collector, activist and artist of color that wanted to explore how to bring all these elements together into one entity. As a young mixed woman of color I was disgusted with the vintage clothing industry-the total lack of representation of people of color, queer identities &bodies and the blatant perpetuation of white business owners appropriating culture for profit. It was also extremely important to me to honor Oakland’s revolutionary history and my family’s three generations within it. I knew I wanted to create something different. The Power Plant is what emerged. I know a lot of you first saw my work through the lens of The Power Plant and many of you follow me here because of it. I want to thank you for taking that journey with me. So many of you have shown so much love and appreciation for The Power Plant and I will always be grateful for that. I am so grateful too for those of you that pushed me and encouraged me to explore my art beyond the confines of that finite point of view.
I had an amazing, life-changing experience growing The Power Plant. I met and worked with a lot of incredible, inspiring people, many that are still some of my dearest friends today. I learned so much from the experience and undoubtedly became a truer artist, creator and activist because of it.
Something very important that I learned is that at the end of the day—I don’t want to be a business owner. I don’t want to sell my time and energy directly into capitalism. I want to create for the sake of creating; I want to build community and fight oppression for the people, not for profit. I have mad respect for all my peers that run small businesses and have found it to be a rewarding hustle, but I quickly realized it’s not for me, at least not at this point in my young life. Along with other major life journeys and transitions, I took a big step away from The Power Plant in 2016. As an artist, I needed the space and time to focus on my creations without inhibition or obligation.
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