She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates. Angelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who have benefited from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness.
We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did! ), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day, so I could speak at a conference.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think about my grandparents, Solo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School.
Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because “D.C. is no place for an artist like you.” She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family.
Moved and went to Design School in 2006, and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life. Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts.
A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco.
I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out.
After a year I worked part-time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
These elements I used to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process. ANJ: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Solo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness.
I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things.
Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients.
I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. ANJ: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work.
One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice.
ANJ: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity? They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement.
Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college.
My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I found hip line when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet.
Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before COVID-19 felt more chaotic to be honest. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day.
Rowan's preschool closed down, but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her, and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window.
It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project.
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