The Artistic Dreams of Children

Piece 1, Monica Gibson. Photo by Tracy Saville.

LPTrendsKids: Art & Fashion. In April, a local writer penned this piece, capturing the essence of joy between kids and their artistic dreams. Thanks, Oscar, for being so cool, and thanks also to Monica and Mas Bonita for the fashion-inspired adventure.

Article by Oscar Benjamin. Photos by Oscar Benjamin, and Tim and Tracy Saville.


An intriguing, imaginative and fascinating variation on the theme of fashion design occurred in the Spring past, in Sacramento, California. The laughter and barely contained screams of children provided the audio soundtrack to “Kidz Art for Kidz Clothes,” within the studios of artist Raphael Delgado – an auction event to support the internship project for graduating student, Monica Gibson of the International Academy of Design and Technology.

Raphael with the kids! Photo by OB.

The art of Raphael Delgado provided a colorful backdrop to the inspiration for many of the children whose artwork inspired the fashion that was displayed that night. The line designed by Monica Gibson sprang from her interaction with their artistic dreams.

“My inspiration was the children’s art. We hosted a Facebook event page and people uploaded their artwork there.” They will “use some of the profits from the sale of the clothes” to help fund Raphael’s charity of choice, she also shared – a kid’s art supply drive.

Monica Gibson, the fashion designer. Photo by OB.

As the children walked past the guests, the night’s hosting duties fell to publisher and sponsor of the project, Tracy Saville. Saville has created the “Fuse Apparel” umbrella concept as a novel method to empower new designers with the opportunity to utilize the artistic concepts of emerging artists. The novel idea may provide monetary return that would help the fledging designers and encourage future art projects. Later Saville offered, “We don’t know if it will be successful, but we love the idea of pairing art with children and design – anything can happen!”

Moms, kids, and Monica after the show! Photo by OB.

The success of a clothing line is sometimes measured by a monetary profit, but the night’s activities could more accurately be gauged by the reactions of some of the young artists that were in attendance. A young artist by the name of Michaela spoke about her experience with a hint of pride about attending the event and seeing her work on display, “I feel happy and excited!  I like to draw things of what I feel”.

A younger and more bashful artist supplied the true sense of wonder that many lose as they progress in life. Hannah supplied these wonderfully simplistic, yet powerful words that address where ideas come from, which truly reflects the night’s raison d’être,

About the clothes she sang, “I just get ‘em’!”

The clothes! Photo by OB.

It is this powerful belief as children that many of us lose as adults. Approaching fashion with a child’s sense of imagination proved to be a winning idea as Monica Gibson’s project came to. By working with children whose imaginations are not encumbered by “reality”, a seasoned artist can approach a subject with fresh eyes.

Artist Raphael Delgado underscores this notion with a sense of accomplishment as the night came to an end, “I was very impressed with the style of art they were making. The way that they captured the essence of things. I always thought it would be cool to incorporate designers and use kids’ art.  It was a brainstorm and she (Monica Gibson) ran with it”!


The real reason why children need art and you to support them in it. Photo by Tim Saville.

LPMagazine shares this story by Oscar Benjamin because we all need a little inspiration from those whose eyes are not yet spoiled by contrivance or fear. Go kids. Go art. Go big ideas.

Thanks to Melanie Blalog, Monica, all who attended, IADT Sacramento, and the Delagado’s.