Consttant Studio Grand Opening Party on November 3 from 5-8pm at 1063 Folsom St.

Consttant Babe: Aleta

Please introduce yourself, what you do, and where you are based.
Hello Consttant Babes! I’m Aleta, an artist and cultural producer based in San Francisco. My day job involves organizing temporary art installations for the City and working on a new Public Art Program for Treasure Island. I am a member and creative of the FAM Collective, and a proud female artist of color.
fam collective member artist aleta lee's interview with consttant
Share how you came to doing what you do.
Art has always been a passion of mine, since I was young. I was lucky to have a very supportive dad that encouraged my creative side and took me to art classes and museums as a little girl. My love for the arts continued to grow and stayed with me throughout college (I minored in Art Practice) and after, as I interned at a cultural center in San Francisco and joined an art collective when I moved to Asia. I soon realized that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts, so much so that I quit my marketing job in China after just a year and a half. I went back to grad school at NYU and received a Masters degree in Art & Public Policy, as well as continued my art practice in screen printing and painting. Since my time in New York, I’ve been able to fully embrace myself as a creative being motivated to make and share my art, along with creating opportunities for people to experience art in their daily lives.
female artist aleta lee in the consttant black sammy hoodie
What is your favorite pieces from Consttant and how would you style it?
My favorite piece from Constant would have to be the Nori Denim Kimono! I love Consttant’s modern take on the kimono silhouette. The piece is versatile and perfect for day to evening wear, and the small details are everything.
I would style the Nori Denim Kimono with a simple slinky cream tank top, black high waisted jeans, and my signature gold accessories. For day time wear, I would rock black leather ankle boots and for evening wear, nude open toe heels.
Shop Aleta's favorite piece here!
perfect denim kimono jacket to take from day to night
Share a quote either from someone or somewhere that inspires your originality, to be you and not care what anyone thinks.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson

What inspires/motivates you about it?
This quote really resonates with me because I’m a huge proponent for people finding their voice, passion, and purpose in life. I am a huge cheerleader for my loved ones (ask my fam & friends!), and I am proud of my gift of encouragement which I share daily with others. Taking all this into account, the quote is a daily reminder that each one of us is meant to live out our purpose and shine, and how fully expressing our authentic selves will encourage others also to express their truth. I believe we all have a unique story to share with the world that will be an inspiration to others.

Tell us about the time you first found it.
This quote is actually from on of my favorite movies, “Coach Carter.” (Shot out to all my female ballers!) I distinctly remember watching it in the movie theatre with my friends and being so moved and inspired when I heard the quote.
inspirational quotes from aleta that inspires her every day
 
How has it changed the way you think or act.
This quote has elevated me to be unapologetic of who I am. Especially as a woman of color, the media, American culture, and even our own communities shame us for our existence and how we choose to live. As I have been inspired by other women of color who are unashamed, expressive of their true self, and fighting against this unjust perspective - I hope to do the same.
What is a negative experience that has turned into a positive experience, or just helped you to realize something about yourself?
While I was living in New York City, I was jobless for at least half a year and felt so low and defeated. You know that famous line about New York City - If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!... Well, that certainly wasn’t the case for me, and my ego was more bruised than anything. I finally got a job as an Artist Assistant, but I felt unfulfilled and was still struggling. I even had to get a second job just to live from paycheck to paycheck. It was tough time that essentially landed me in a place I never expected, Texas. I was so sad to leave New York City, especially as a city girl making moves to a small rural town with a population of 2,000+. But I ended up working at the Chinati Foundation, a world-class museum in the magical town of Marfa and that experience changed my life and lifted my career.
Looking back, I realized that life will give you low points and struggles, but that these moments were meant to teach you lessons and make you stronger. We will always go through hard times in life, but there will certainly be good times too. Everything happens for a reason, and life will bring you full circle. You might not realize it, but maybe 5, 10, 15 years from now you’ll understand why life played out a certain way.
What motivates you on the daily?
Knowing my purpose and embracing my passions motivates me on the daily. I am lucky to have realized my purpose and passions early in life, and I really encourage everyone to do the same. You don’t want to be 30, still wondering what you want to do with your life or regretting never chasing your passions or dreams. Time is so precious, make sure you use it wisely and with intention.
Share what inspires you to follow your dream.
The strong, badass women in my life! I know I don’t tell them enough, but my Mom and blood/spirit sisters continually inspire me to be the best version of myself.
san francisco streetstyle, outfit of the day
What is your favorite song, artwork, movie, etc. that inspires you and how does it make you feel?
My favorite album would have to be The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Lauryn Hill is an amazing lyricist, deep thinker, and an artist before her time. The album is timeless and even till this day, I still don’t get sick of any of her songs! She is raw and prophetic, and I strive to express myself as full heartedly, deeply, and authentically as she she does.
ree artwork and consttant artist printed collaboration t-shirt
What are your dreams and how do you want to achieve it?
My dream is to open up a gallery space that is part floral shop and part cafe. The gallery would showcase local Bay Area artists and their artwork, while also provide a space for creative dialogue and collaboration. I believe coffee & tea and plant life are integral in this vision to provide life, energy, and an environment of inspiration that is so necessary for a creative space.
I’ve been doing research on similar spaces to study their process and business model, as well as scouting possible locations. As a work in progress, I see this dream becoming reality when the right opportunities arise.

Another dream of mine is travel the world! I love to travel, learn about different cultures, and make new experiences. I’ll be going on a Euro trip to France, Switzerland, and Italy this year, and I can’t wait!
What do you want to see more of in the world?
I want to see more art and more people of color being recognized for expressing themselves creatively!
san francisco collaboration photo shoot with consttant and artist aleta lee
Check out Aleta's beautiful artwork here!
All photography by Jessica Tin for Consttant.
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