Raquel Vigueras is a Graphic Design student at the Visual College of Art & Design of Vancouverl with a degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Originally from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, she now resides in Coquitlam, BC while she completes her studies. Her heart is still home in Swift Current, where a strong community of artists has helped and encouraged her to become the designer she is today. Besides graphic design, she has a deep interest in politics and human rights. She hopes to be able to meld both of her passions and use her art to encourage social change.
How long has Raquel been Fluevogin’ for?
I moved to Vancouver from Saskatchewan about a year ago, which is when I first encountered John Fluevog Shoes! I love supporting local businesses; plus, the Gastown store looks amazing.
On the entering the FluevogCreative contest ‘Release Your Inner Songbird’:
I’m currently a student at Visual College of Art & Design (VCAD), where they really encourage us to explore and design for local businesses. As part of of our midterm Advertising project, we were assigned to design ads for Fluevogs.
What was your inspiration behind ‘Release Your Inner Songbird’ and what was the creative process?
The process was really fun and different! I was inspired by the name of the shoe – The Soprano Carey – to do something music related. I decided it would be nice to tie the piece into nature because music comes in so many different forms. I may have finalized the piece in Adobe Illustrator, but I spent a couple hours sketching out different ideas and layouts.
Doing something illustrative like this was complete out of my comfort zone, but now that I’ve done it, it’s a medium that I would like to try doing more!
On what the dreams and future hold for Raquel:
I am finishing my Graphic Design diploma in October and I hope to move back to Saskatchewan (or at least somewhere closer to home). I want to continue working in the non-profit sector and use my design skills as leverage to create positive social change.
Keep an eye out in Vice, Applied Arts, and Bust magazines for Raquel’s design in print.
Feel free to email Raquel for more info!