Hot Off The Press!: Summer Press Features Roundup
“Now/Here,” H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute
by Brian Hearn for KC Studio
Review of “Now/Here” curated by Silvia Beatriz Abisaab
"The seamless inclusion of wearable art is most welcome and appropriate to “Now/Here.” Whitney Manney’s kickin’ couture is an exuberant blend of street aesthetics, trippy textile design and recycled fabrics. “You Gettin’ Dressy Dressed or Just Dressed?” pulls off a hi/lo balancing act that combines elegant silk, satin and tulle with an embellished denim waistline and a humble bustle of faded canvas, denim and twill, even a surprising dash of Dorothy’s gingham”
Brushed Aside: Cheap rent and studio spaces are rapidly vanishing from Kansas City’s arts landscape. What now?
by Emily Cox for The Pitch KC July 2019 (print+web)
“Whitney Manney, who runs a full-time fashion design business from her studio at the Drugstore, notes that the closing of the Drugstore isn’t just about a bunch of artists needing to find a new room to paint in.
“I think there’s a lack of understanding that we are not hobbyists,” Manney says. “I think Kansas City as a whole has the idea about artists that we’re just willing to starve and do without — that this is just something we do for fun. Everybody else has a place of employment that they get to go to that’s not their dining room or their basement. Why should we have to be OK with our dining rooms or our basements or our parent’s garages being our physical place of work?”
When Purpose Meets Business
by Anna Watt for Good Company Magazine (Issue 3): The Money Issue
“I also saw the opportunity to create a visual statement for myself when it felt like having a say in defining myself was impossible. The older I got, the more I realized I couldn't be alone in those feelings, especially as a black girl who doesn't fit the "traditional" mold. Developing a brand that combined building self-confidence, cultural significance + smashing fine art fiber processes into an accessible ready to wear format was something to work through. I was definitely questioned, challenged and doubted. I'm building a culture of challenging women to wear their statement. We should be able to make a statement through fashion and it doesn't have to be a couture gown, I want to be able to wear my confidence on my sleeve everyday.”
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Joy Corner Feature
by Seek The Joy Podcast/Sydney Weiss
“WHAT IS YOUR JOY BLUEPRINT? WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP, BRINGS YOU JOY, AND MAKES YOU FEEL THE MOST ALIVE?
The days I have to freely create with no end goal in mind are my favorite. It’s necessary for me to experiment and have fun without worrying about messing up. Working with children from various backgrounds brings me joy also. A class may be about how to thread a sewing machine but I am able to build a relationship with the kids by encouraging them, being a good listener, etc.
HOW DO YOU LIVE INTENTIONALLY? ARE THERE TOOLS/RESOURCES/PRACTICES THAT YOU RELY ON TO HELP YOU STAY MINDFUL AND GROUNDED?
I’ve tried a lot of routines that other influencers or entrepreneurs swear by and it wasn’t for me. It can be hard to feel normal in the culture of “if you’re not hustling, you’re failing”. I’ve decided that waking up at 7 am works great for me, 5 am will just never be an option. I try to write my thoughts daily, just to get everything out of my head and give myself brain space. Stretching & prayer in the morning and therapy has been a huge help in keeping me present.
WHAT WOULD YOUR YOUNGER SELF THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING NOW?
I think younger Whitney would be stunned because fashion is something I had no knowledge about when I started sewing at 13...I just knew that I was meant to be an artist. I think my younger self would encourage me to be proud of myself and appreciate how far I’ve come”
Read full interview: https://www.seekthejoypodcast.com/joy-corner/whitneymanney