ALIAS: Chantal Marshall
From: West Philadelphia
Who am I:
I am …
The CREATER OF WHOISCHAN/ TOARTC/ INTERVIEWER for “Interview Friday.” I am an artist, illustrator and footwear designer.
I grew up in West Philadelphia, my parents are both Jamaican so I always felt like I lived in two different cultures American like / Jamaican dedicated.I am the youngest of 5 older boys; let’s just say I didn’t grow up afraid of what I wanted.
My mother is a “Do it All” seamstress, my playmate, friend, milliner, painter, everything creative; I got most of my creative drive from her. My father was in real-estate, owner of his own Barber shop. He was all about business, he came to America at age 18 with only $100 in his pocket and worked it out. I have a mixed personality of both. I have lived in many states along the East coast, but I always considered Philly my home; now I just adopted New York.
I grew up coloring, drawing, painting, making wild school projects. Art has always had my full attention, my mom is the kind of person who can make a fun day out of plain paper and scissors. At age 12, I knew I wanted to become an owner of my own Fashion line. I would spend days locked in my room sketching, developing ideas and I needed to take action. I went to college in Atlanta, Ga at American Intercontinental University. I graduated in 2009 with my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts my majors were Fashion Design and Marketing. College life, well I hated 2 years of college and loved 2; now I just don’t know which time I hated the most.
I just wanted to work on designing some kind of great product. If I couldn’t design something great by myself, I wanted to be a part of the production part of it. I knew Atlanta, Ga was not going to give me the creative working hustle I needed so the day after graduation I moved to New York. I’m here working towards every goal of mine and living the city life. New York is not for the unfocused and unsure; it is very “to the point”. The best thing to do is to come here with goals in line and dominate. I am not at a personal career point where I have my own company but I am gaining on it. The world needs a creative platform and I wanted to show my artwork while expressing my personal vision. I give you WHOISCHAN because this is who I am and everything I love about life. Enjoy life, creating and spending time with my daughter Anya.