Designers who are only just staring out in the industry always have a pretty difficult time. But emerging designers from La Palma have the added struggle of being on an island where, until recently, the main commodity was agriculture, and where the option of travelling to pursue your dreams is a monetary burden, which for most is impossible to assume. However, challenges aside, there are those who are happy with their surroundings, which is why showrooms like those at Festival de la Palma are an important tool to showcase these home-grown creatives. Waleska Morin was one of such talents chosen to take part in one of the first catwalks of its kind on the island. I wanted to get an idea of where she saw her future.
Waleska your designs seem to integrate a lot of La Palma's artisanal history do you consider it to be part of your brands signature?
Actually my designs aren't really trying to integrate La Palma's artisanal heritage, it's more that I wanted to do a different collection, so I inspired myself with what is more emblematic to our island such as the Indianos; our crafts and our natural habitats. The reason for this inspiration is because we have a piece of paradise here just waiting to be discovered, not just by those who come to visit, but also by the native Palmeros. There are so many corners of our beautiful island, and yes, this part I do consider to be my brand signature.
As an emerging designer in La Palma what do you expect from events like the showroom of La Isla Bonita festival.
I want people to get to know my collections and also get to know me as a designer, because there are still people on the island that don't recognise that there are talented designers here.
Which was your favourite piece of the collection on the catwalk and why?
It is very difficult to answer this question because they're all my favourites! However, if I had to choose one piece, it would be the top with adorned with the image of the ' Charco Azul ' (San Andres y Sauce ), with the white semi transparent striped skirt, because this was inspired by my home town, where I spent a marvellous youth.
How many collections are you going to prepare per year, and where can they be bought?
I would like to present twice a year, but it depends on my budget. People interested in purchasing my pieces can contact me and find my collection on my Facebook page.
What will 2017 bring to the brand Waleska Morin
My brand will always follow an innovative and original aesthetic, because that's how I would like people to recognise the brand when they see it within the context of occasion wear.
Photography courtesy Hunter Haus studio