Hi! My name is Anna Rafalowski.

I am first generation American from Polish parents. I understand Polish and I’m getting better every day at speaking the language. Having parents with strong accents and a different culture in America has given me an interesting outlook on food, interactions, and life as a whole. I feel like it made me kind of weird. I was embarrassed when I was younger about being from a different culture but now I love and embrace my culture. I am an Aquarius and I’m not too into horoscopes but I know that it means that I like some structure and guidance because without I am super indecisive. 

"My favorite color currently is orange, and I think it is because the color means urgency. I guess I have felt more urgent and aware of everything lately. I also think it’s a really good accent color, a little orange goes a long way." (Ed. Note: Notice that incredible orange squiggle chair? Yep. Anna made that.)

"My favorite color currently is orange, and I think it is because the color means urgency. I guess I have felt more urgent and aware of everything lately. I also think it’s a really good accent color, a little orange goes a long way." (Ed. Note: Notice that incredible orange squiggle chair? Yep. Anna made that.)

Life...

I was born in Brooklyn but have lived in North Carolina for most of my life. I lived in Wilmington, North Carolina for a majority of my childhood. I grew up around the beach, which was really great and beautiful. Lots of chill days and my look was bleached salty blonde hair, and super sun kissed skin. It was a good start to life but maybe too relaxing for a growing girl. Currently, I am using samples and birthday gifts from Ulta or Sephora. I have been cheap (hello, college). I use this nice black African soap bar that is really soft on my skin and helps fight blemishes. I always use witch hazel to start with. Then I follow with a Caudalie lotion (sample). I love how it smells. After that I always use Glossier skin tint. I also make surer to put on sunscreen. For my everyday look, I use drug store mascara and eyeliner, a Cinque cream blush,  and Toofaced brow gel and highlighter. That’s pretty much it. I plan to try a lot more new products and find my best fit.  

I am still trying to get a daily routine, but basically in the morning I wash my face, drink some water, start making oatmeal with fruit, put some lotion on, and then my make up if I need to go somewhere right away or I will just hang out and gets things done around the house or work in the house.

I am currently studying studio art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in Sculpture and Ceramics. Like most people, I did not know what to pursue and art was not encouraged from my family so I tried other fields but I enrolled myself in a ceramics class and it only made sense that I followed that path. I feel that I am made for it. 

"My work can be described as simple, silly, and colorful."

"My work can be described as simple, silly, and colorful."

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Inspirations and dreams...

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I find inspiration from food, fruit, fashion, plants, oddities, color blocks, the unexpected, simple forms, fruits, cheetah print, bright colors, sheep, Italy, Poland. People like Chloe Wise, Kristen Reynolds, Jeff Koons, Recreation Center, Jessica Stockholder, Nancy Davidson, Nikki Blair, Richard Tuttle, Isamu Noguchi, Picasso. Also, all of my friends, roommates, fellow students, and everyone I follow on Instagram.

I dream to be a part of an art collective that is successful both creatively and financially. A very basic dream is to have health insurance that I don’t have to pay for. However, I am a dreamer and new dreams and ideas always come to me, like owning a bar that has bimonthly themes so that I can redecorate it every month so that it can be a full sensory experience. I also think it would be cool to make special dinnerware and tables for chefs. I feel very fulfilled and happy when I can help others or bring others joy, and I have found that I can do so through my art and creativity.

Unfortunately, I am not totally confident yet with my pursuit into the art world, since the financial future seems a little scary and sometimes people do not find art worth a glance. However, when I create I am so happy! I also love putting my time into it, so I will happily spend my time doing and creating despite the post-graduation scaries. Sometimes I think about what else I could be doing that could promise a more stable life, but then I realize that I would be living a passionless life and what is the point of that?