A french fold interview with artist and designer Hayveyah McGowan.
"Hailing from Ferguson, Missouri, Hayveyah McGowan, nicknamed Hev, grew up two blocks from where the 2014 riots began. Racial stereotypes have always be present in her life. Homeschooled until age eleven, Hev learned in an afro-centric environment. She was later part of an integration program to merge city youth with the predominantly white bedroom communities nearby. She was bussed to a county school about an hour outside of the city. As a minority, Hev faced judgement in class every day. To escape being written off as a slacker city kid, she worked hard to prove herself. In her personal work, Hayveyah explores themes of acceptance of self as a black woman. Although the scrutiny she received was difficult to deal with, it's shaped Hev into the hardworking an vibrant young woman she is today."