The Up-Cycling Designer: Ethan Martin


Ethan Martin. A young fashion designer based in Lompoc, California, whose goal in design is to prove that anyone can make their dreams a reality regardless of age. He began designing in the summer of 2016. Initially, he learned to sew to be able to make costumes for drag queens. He eventually fell into designing for women to make them feel confident while standing out. Ethan is a junior in high school and studies fashion design on his free time. His specialty is spunky, colorful, streetwear and, in great contrast, elegant and voluminous formal wear. He is currently taking a graphic design course to learn about color theory and elements of design. He loves what he does and wishes to do it for as long as possible. As a student, his budget is low so he recycles fabric and materials to make his garments. His goal is to be able to create beauty without affecting the planet. He works mostly with donated scraps of fabric and recycled unconventional materials. He believes that the fashion industry should start turning trash into treasure to help save our environment. He wishes to go to California College of the Arts, FIT, or Parsons. Aside from fashion design, Ethan spends his time baking pies and playing video games. Between school and fashion design, he is always doing something. He is extremely excited to be apart of the Daydreamers Club. He can’t wait to put his voice out there and make a statement in the world.

What is your name?

“My name is Ethan Hayes Martin.”


What is your age?

“I am 16 years of age.”

Where are you from?

“I was born in Bakersfield, California, but now I live in Lompoc, California.”

What is your Instagram handle?

“I have two: @slassattack and @ehmdesigns”

What type of art do you do?

“I do fashion design that has no labels.

How did you become an artist?

“I was always creative and I realized that I should pursue it to its full extent.”

What is it like to view the world from an artist standpoint?

“It lets me find beauty in everyone and thing. In other words, it’s a way to see through beauty-spectacles.”

Is there a certain way your art has impacted you or someone else?

“It gave me a passion and a future. I also have made dresses for my friends and brightened their lives.”

What forms of art do you think are good ways to solve social issues (murals, speeches, clothing, etc.)?

“All forms of art can conquer social issues with the proper approach.”

Have you ever experienced any negative/harsh words about your art? If so, how did it make you feel? If not, are you afraid of it happening some day? Why?

“Someone called one of my skirts a tablecloth. My client loved it so I didn’t care. What I always think is that the best revenge is to do better.”

If you could meet any artist (writer, poet, designer, dancer, etc.), dead or alive, who would it be?

“Hawwaa. In person. Over coffee. Or Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.”

What makes art amazing?

“The emotion.”

What’s your favorite color? Why?

“Blue. Every other color has issues in my eyes.

Red: Too childish

Orange: Doesn’t pair well with anything

Yellow: Too bright

Green: Close second to blue

Purple: Hard to find the perfect shade

Brown: Ugh”

Choose any artwork/style from any media (Dance, hair, graphics). Which is your all-time favorite?

“Fashion design, oil paintings, dance, graphic design. My favorite is actually graphic design because it is needed for everything.”

Somewhere out there is a child who is being discouraged from their calling in art, what would be your advice to them?

“Proceed with caution. Follow your dreams but play it safe.”

What is one thing that makes you angry?


What is one thing that makes you happy?

“My mother and Ghibli films.”

In school, whether it’s elementary, middle school, or high school, should art be funded?

“Art shouldn’t be necessarily funded more because everybody’s art is different. Support and providing materials that are affordable is the name of the game. I’d rather have everyone do their own thing with less than having everyone do one thing with lots of money.”

What’s your favorite food?

“Pie, pasta, and Japanese curry.”