In this episode of The Sally Steele Show, I sat down with the fascinating Katiuska Clarke. Kati, originally from Chile only moved to Australia as a teen and takes us on her journey of self-discovery as an immigrant in Australia, becoming a sustainability advocate and finding love later in life.
In this episode we also chat about:
How I met Kati and the birth of her bubbly vivacious nature. Kati’s upbringing in Santiago, Chile post-coup as the daughter of a political prisoner. Starting again in Cairns, Australia as a teen in the 80s, without a word of English and how that has formed her personality. Her experience of falling pregnant in high school and becoming a single mum at 18. How Kati’s amiable and confident nature led to her starting a career in styling and visual merchandising. Her choice to leave a creative career path and move into the corporate world was made purely to be able to provide educational opportunities for her son George. How at 28, her move to Brisbane for a promotion coincided with her having struggles with her mental health, feeling like an outsider and unable to find her tribe and what she learnt. Kati’s mental health strategies and now she recognises when she needs to take time out and be in her “cocoon” to focus on self-reflection and growth and how she believes “you need manure to make flowers grow”. Starting her blog @Loopistyle a decade ago and how cataloguing her daily outfits and making an effort is actually something she feels helps her keep a positive mindset. Finding love later in life and how there is no timeline for when things have to happen. Her passion for sustainable fashion and social justice for fashion workers and how she has changed since she did her #buynothingnew challenge in 2019. Brisbane’s 2nd hand fashion - REVIVE festival promoting a reduction in textile waste and how it is making big changes in people’s mindsets and behaviours towards second hand and preloved clothing. Understanding individuality and prioritising the things that matter to you. Kati explains how she uses the app ‘Stylebook’ to help gain style insights with stats and become more sustainable. How she loves being married to an artist, Roger Clarke, and how it inspires her every day. What film has had the biggest impact on her journey as a sustainable style advocate and why she loves being a conduit for change in others’ behaviours through social media. And finally, we shine a light on others and hear why ‘Amnesty International’ is so dear to Kati. So, enjoy this insightful episode with the wonderful Katiuska Clarke.
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85 Commercial Rd, Teneriffe, Brisbane 4005 QLD
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