Omi Gray

Artist, Designer, and Teacher in New York

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I am a multi-faceted teaching artist living in Harlem, New York. I create because it is part of my DNA!

I inherited my passion for all things creative and my ever-present quest for new ideas to create from my Mother, Grandmother, and my Ancestors.

My Mother and Grandmother were confident business women living in the Harlem community in the early 1950s. They owned and operated a hair salon and a tailoring business. As a little girl, I watched how these two dynamic women created hairstyles, reproduced the latest fashions, and enhanced the lives of their clientele through the art of cosmetology and fashion design.

I design and teach fashion trends through my jewelry and textile designs. Primarily, the materials and colors I use in my designs are gifts found in nature. My jewelry is created using precious and semi-precious stones, glass, metals, and shells. I create textiles utilizing an assortment of techniques. My process involves botanical printing, weaving, natural dyeing, and fusing wool and silk to create art to wear and art to adorn the home.

My creative process is spiritual, magical, and therapeutic. I am at peace when I create and teach.

Teaching is my way of sharing the gratification that comes from being able to say, "I made it myself"! In my, "Make it and Take it," workshops I teach how to use and experiment with various techniques and materials resulting in a one-of-a-kind creation that is yours alone! My students take time out for themselves to be creative while they "learn to make it and take it," that same day. Everyone is proud and excited to wear their work of art, as soon as they have finished it.

My Harlem Design Studio, located in Harlem, New York, is where I create and teach. I am within walking distance of Central Park. I can sometimes be found in the park, collecting leaves & weaving in "Natures Art Studio.” As people walk by, they often come over to watch me create fabric on my loom. People are always fascinated by the mechanics of the weaving loom, but more importantly, they get to witness the actual creative process and the making of fabric right before their eyes!

As they approach me, I say, "Would you like to try it? It's easy. I'll show you!"

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