By Samantha Navarro
|Photo by Samantha Navarro|
"I have become very solitary," says Anaheim artist Diane Utley-Aguilar. "I spend most of my time alone almost to the degree that it hinders me when I am in a social atmosphere.
I met Aguilar by chance on a motorcycle ride from Anaheim to Temecula, along with hundreds of other bikers, only four days after my engagement. I rode behind my fiancé, and she behind her husband of 25 years. There, I mentioned my impending marriage, and she suggested that if I was interested in a non-traditional dress created from vintage materials, I check out her store, Mexisoul, on Etsy.com.
"Normally, I don't talk to people," she told me months later, reminiscing about out initial encounter. "I find myself shying away from these types of events, but you started talking about getting married, and I thought, hmmm..." More »