Stephanie Guerra is Spokane designer that's started a small local clothing called 52-Clothing. She's currently collaborating with two local MMA fighters, Sam Sicilia and Mike Chiesa, who are currently competing on the show The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX.
She's been designing for the local MMA scene since last March. I had a chance to talk to her about her passion for design and MMA fighting.
Tell me a little about yourself: age, where you're from and some of your hobbies.
Well lets see, I was born in Northridge, California and at a very young age moved to the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in a very ethnic household that was heavily influenced by my Mother's Colombian roots. I went to high school at Gonzaga Prep which is where I really got into fashion.
Thanks to my supportive art teacher Frankie White, I was able to use fashion as a safe outlet for my rebellious formative years. Her guidance allowed me to realize, art was not just a form of expression but could also be a career. Thanks to that advice I applied to some of the most prestigious art schools in the country and decided to go Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
I am currently 24 years old and have worked with companies like Quiksilver, Adriano Goldschmied and Reebok as a graphic designer the last couple of years.