Sally is a JCI fashion grad from Sylvan Lake, AB. Even though fashion design isn’t the focus of the JCI Fashion program, she has supplied beautiful knitwear for the past two fashion shows. Here’s a little bit about her, her brand and her experience at JCI.
When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
I knew I wanted to work in the world of fashion when I was 11. I remember gazing through the pages of Vogue. I attended Olds College in Olds, AB close to 14 years ago. I wanted to get into designing after that, but it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties
that I learned to knit. I fell in love with it. That is when my focus shifted from becoming a traditional fashion designer, to knitwear designer. It was something I had a passion for; it made me feel alive. With each garment I made, I would envision it on the runway.
How would you describe your style?
I’m a designer who isn’t afraid to try new things. I’m always learning and growing in my craft. Sometimes I ask the question when I look at a material “can this be knit?” But most importantly I’m a designer who designers clothes so that when someone puts on a piece of Sally Omeme they feel good about themselves and they feel confident enough to accomplish all they want to accomplish.
Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing. Where do you generally get your inspiration from?
The creative process for me generally begins with music. There are certain songs where you can hear and feel the passion of the singer. And the passion gets you. I go through that with knitting. When my Mom taught me how to knit there was a rhythm she gave me…. In, Around, Under, Off. It is a rhythm that beats in my head. And depending on the music I listen to, there is the same moment where I just feel so alive and I take off. It is this creative high I get.
How did JCI help you to accomplish your goals?
I went to JCI knowing that it was a stepping stone that was meant to help me move towards my dreams. I learned so much from all the classes but I learned so much more then what could be taught in class. I learned life lessons. I learned that “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.” A. Cohen.
Through the support of my instructors, I learned to have more confidence in myself and that I actually had talent. I was asked recently to name three key people who made a difference in my life, and one of those three people was a instructor who I knew believed in me and saw potential. So how did JCI help me to accomplish my goals – They are willing to take people, polish them, and then set them in just the right light so they shine brightly.
Ennia Mariscal Ortega, JCI Fashion Grad