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Life & Work with Jessica Adair

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Adair.

Jessica, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve always been a creative person. I have been drawing since I could use a pencil. I also would be the child wearing a Sunday school dress while climbing a tree during the middle of the week. I have always been a very expressive person.

I’ve spent my whole life trying to better my skills, so that means a lot of practice, but also a lot of seeking out inspiration. I truly believe everything we create comes from weird amalgamations we form—nothing is truly unique. I’ve had companies reach out wanting me to promote their clothes and I’ve had people request prints of my work, so I decided to create separate Instagrams for both endeavors.

I’m now trying to expand my creativity by learning about music and practicing guitar. I’ve always been told that people admire my ability to do my own thing-mostly in regard to fashion. People say they wish they could dress like me, and I tell them to just do it!

Bold fashion will get some strange looks, but I get way more compliments and great conversation because of it. My confidence has skyrocketed since I really started wearing my wildest fits. I also get a lot of inspiration by trying to buy mostly secondhand clothing. Going to the thrift store gives me a lot of inspiration.

I thrive on having challenges like that.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I’ve had plenty of issues. Most notably, every ex I’ve been with has found a way to mute my expressiveness. I recently left my ex-husband at the beginning of the year due to newfound incompatibility issues. Upon the separation, I started really dressing how I have always wanted.

I started wearing the things I liked and he didn’t. He didn’t enjoy my outlandish wardrobe and the attention it drew. But now, I get so many compliments from people. I’ve also had so many people say they wish they had the confidence to dress as I do.

My advice for them is always to “just do it” and that they’ll be surprised by the feedback they’ll receive from those around them. My confidence has never been so high. Now I have a partner who appreciates my eccentric style and the attention it draws. People say I’m glowing and notice just how much more confident and happy I am.

Never let someone stifle who you are!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I share my art. I do a wide range of mediums from painting, to digital art, to sewing, and even resin work. I also share OOTDs and share my personal stories.

I’m very open on social media and am a strong advocate for mental health. I share my struggles and connect with people to offer them support. I grew up being sexually abused by my father. I’ve shared my experiences on my IG.

I had a friend reach out to me and she said my sharing of my experiences led her to reach out about the sexual abuse she endured and kept secret for so many years. I always want to offer a safe and welcoming space. Support is so important and it’s not something everyone has.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Honestly, my boyfriend, Nate, supports me so much. He always encourages me to wear wacky clothes. He loves the attention it draws when we are in public.

I’ve never felt so supported before. He also pushes me to be consistent with my art-something I struggle with. He’s an insanely talented musician and his creativeness has really inspired me to dive into the world of music.

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