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Wakasi the origin

Switching gears, I attended classes at Cal Poly SLO where I studied Industrial Technology. Here, I learned about supply chain, process improvement and most importantly, manufacturing technology. This is where I learned to love product design. 

With the skillset to utilize fabrication machines and a newly found passion in marble art, it was a no-brainer to try and combine the two in hopes of creating something spectacular. 

With lots of experimentation, research and emotions, I finally created a product I was proud to share. 

And with supportive friends and family (and of course some who were not super excited by the idea), I decided to take a leap of faith in hopes of becoming an established professional artist. 

It has been a bit over a year now and I am extremely grateful for all the support my community of friends and family have given me. With their help, this arts and crafts project has evolved into a fine art collected around the world. 

And while I have a long way to go still, I am, most importantly, happy and grateful to chase my goals and live my dream every day. 

I made that firepit in one of my IT classes!

Like many creative ideas, Wakasi Art was created on a sleepless summer night in 2018.

With the impending doom of post-grad “adulthood” and no idea for a career path that I wanted to pursue, I found myself up late with my thoughts for the last year or so of my college experience. As I continued to near my final class, I had explored various 9-5 opportunities and considered my life in the “real-world” post grad, but found nothing I cared to passionately sink my teeth into.

It wasn’t until I stopped looking when the idea organically popped into my head. 

It was just another restless night tossing and turning in bed so like many other people these days, I began scrolling on my socials mindlessly trying to tire my eyes and distract my jumping thoughts. And of course right before I am about to put the phone down and try to sleep, I come across the most beautiful art I had ever seen! It was bright, colorful, and detailed with depth that gave it a very natural marble look. 

Safe to say I immediately wanted to try it (with no idea it would quickly become a passion and especially no intent to turn it into a business at that time). 

This was the first time I really painted (aside from elementary school arts and craft time! Fun!). And of course the first one was ugly…and the second and even the third time around, but I was compelled to return to the canvas and try again in hopes of achieving the beautiful marble look.

Freshmen year at Cal Poly (I'm number 25!)

Switching gears, I attended classes at Cal Poly SLO where I studied Industrial Technology. Here, I learned about supply chain, process improvement and most importantly, manufacturing technology. This is where I learned to love product design. 

With the skillset to utilize fabrication machines and a newly found passion in marble art, it was a no-brainer to try and combine the two in hopes of creating something spectacular. 

With lots of experimentation, research and emotions, I finally created a product I was proud to share. 

And with supportive friends and family (and of course some who were not super excited by the idea), I decided to take a leap of faith in hopes of becoming an established professional artist. 

It has been a bit over a year now and I am extremely grateful for all the support my community of friends and family have given me. With their help, this arts and crafts project has evolved into a fine art collected around the world. 

And while I have a long way to go still, I am, most importantly, happy and grateful to chase my goals and live my dream every day. 

Look mama, I graduated!
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