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 and who I am, is rooted in some of my earliest memories. My mom was always crafting and she loved her garden and flowers. I stuck by her side to learn as much as I could. She taught me to sew and to love nature. Of course, the fact that I was the youngest of 7 girls and there were hand-me-downs was one thing but there were times when my Mom would create dresses for me and I will say that I absolutely loved that she made them just for me.
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. I laugh when I think about that...
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 produced fashion shows in Boston while maintaining a pulse on my art. 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 and after a number of years that idea brought me to Phoenix, Arizona where I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree. After a 15 year hiatus from my art, while seeking a new business 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, 2001, 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 given my time and talent to a number of non-profit organizations in the Valley of the Sun.
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)
Launch Custom Designed Textiles using original paintings by Ruby Farias (2018)
Launch new Clothing Line using custom designed textiles (2018)
Launch Home Goods using custom designed textiles (2018)
Launch UpCycled Painted Canvas Goods (2019)