As one of eleven children born to a close knit Hispanic family, I began my life as an artist with my senses immersed in the loving whirlwind of my dynamic “familia”. The reason I do what I do today is rooted in one of my earliest memories: I was the youngest of 7 girls so, needless to say, there were hand-me-downs or my Mom would create dresses for me. I loved that she would create something especially for me. She was always crafting and I was always by her side learning as much as I could.
It was in the 7th grade that I ventured to make something of my own. I created my own pattern for a pair of bell-bottom pants... and I was very proud, especially with the smiley face I embroidered by hand at the bottom of one of the pant legs.
In high school I was touched by art and began producing large abstract murals on walls and ceilings in my home and those of friends. When I moved back to the mid-west, I began to seriously study drawing and poetry while working as a model in Chicago. A move to Boston, Massachusetts, took me to the renowned cultural enclave of the east coast, and it was there that my artistic life began to flourish. I opened my first business, Ruby Heart Jewelry showing my handcrafted beaded jewelry in a number of art fairs throughout New England. I also hosted fashion shows in Boston while maintaining a pulse on my modeling. It was during this period that I traveled to Europe and visited a number of influential museums and galleries to feed my soul.
In my mid-twenties I decided that it was time to find a professional career. Eventually, that idea brought me to Phoenix, Arizona in the mid-nineties and I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree. I took about a 15 year hiatus from my art while I was pursuing my career. In 2001, while seeking a new opportunity, I decided to purchase some canvas and paints to see what would happen. I painted, loved every moment of it and questioned myself why I had ever stopped. That year was one of the toughest years of my life, but I vowed to myself that I would never put my brush down again.
I have returned full-circle to my original love for painting and fashion. It is a dream come true to create my work-of-art on clothing and accessories. I create custom pieces of clothing for those who want to stand out in the crowd, are bold and want something especially made for them.
I believe it’s important to give back to the community and have served on the Executive Leadership Teams for the following non-profit organizations in the Valley of the Sun: ‘Go Red For Women’ - American Heart Association, ‘Rock The Runway” benefiting Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center, ‘The Catwalk’ - Debbie Gaby Charities. Fundraising activities have also included ‘Make-A-Wish Arizona’, ‘Wings to Fly’, ‘Free Arts for Abused Children’, ‘Camp Soaring Eagle’, ‘United Cerebral Palsy’, ‘Florence Crittenton, Family Promise’.
Ruby Farias Designs Umbrellas (2008)
Ruby Farias Designs Pillows (2009)
Original Artist and Founder Me The Artist (2011)
Relaunch Ruby Farias Designs to include clothing & accessories (2014)