Peachtree Ridge graduates making careers in art and fashion
By Carole Townsend
Curtis and Kaiya Smith are brother and sister, and they’re both graduates of Peachtree Ridge High School. But their connection runs even deeper than family and school; as artists, both siblings are making marks on the world around them.
A 2013 graduate, big brother Curtis has loved dance since he was a little boy. In high school, he was part of a dance crew and from that experience, he created a street dance crew called The Bandits. The group performed at special events and in some music videos. Curtis even auditioned and advanced to the first round of the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance.
In March, she created Universe + Soul Couture, a rolling boutique that offers trendy fashions, shoes and accessories. “We decided on a mobile boutique. It’s a boutique inside a truck. We got it set up so quickly, because my mom was so supportive,” Kaiya said.
With 5 or 6 festivals already under her belt, Kaiya says with pride that, “I’ve made money at every one.” The young artist credits the inviting design of the mobile boutique with her early success. “Even though it’s a truck, from the moment you walk inside, it’s like being inside an intimate fashion boutique. There are racks of clothes on both sides, and shoes and jewelry,” Kaiya said excitedly, noting that the jewelry is hand made, but the designs are not hers. The floors are made of wood, and the fixtures are beautiful. There’s even a dressing room in the back. “My fashion is a great way to get people to come together. They’re unusual styles, and they’re fun,” Kaiya said.
To date, Kaiya has done makeup for proms and parties, but she dreams of one day being a celebrity makeup artist.
The young artists, supported by an encouraging family, are only 19 and 21 years old, but they are already well on their way to making a mark on the worlds of art and fashion. Look for Kaiya’s mobile boutique at upcoming festivals in Suwanee Town Park, Duluth, and other venues. Curtis’ art is on display at various venues in metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County. To check out an event schedule for both young artists, visit www.inthevoidspace.com and www.universesoulcouture.com