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Daily Inspiration: Meet Mallory Davila

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mallory Davila.

Hi Mallory, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always been creative. I feel like I crawled out of the womb with a paint brush. Painting and working with charcoal are my favorites! I’ve always been a very mixed-media, female figure type of gal. A couple of years ago, my sister Krystle and I started showing at a gallery called MOD. The people and place are amazing. We have so much fun and show alongside several of the same artists each month. It feels and is like our very own tiny art community. I’ve never had a show there where I didn’t sell a painting. *knock on wood*
When the pandemic hit, everything shut down. No more shows. We were crushed!
It’s during the pandemic we started making jewelry. First polymer clay, then acrylic. We’ve always been pretty separate with our work. Me as MalloryArtGallory and her as KayDuhvArt.
We united during the pandemic with the jewelry as ShopTwistedSis.
We struggled at first, but not really a struggle. There just wasn’t any collaboration. We were both creating but for our own personal brands.
We continued showing together when the gallery opened back up in early 2021. And we also started participating in a free art fair ran by local artists called Art Garden KC. So many connections!!!
Fast forward or rewind! I’m not sure! But, I was downtown one day picking up some medicine from a local dispensary. I got to chatting with one of the staff members and eventually art was mentioned. Turns out, she was the regional general manager of the store. She is a huge fan of supporting local artists and asked if we had any cannabis inspired jewelry. So, our first ShopTwistedSis collaboration was a cannabis collection for this dispensary. We now have our products in all 5 From the Earth locations!! It’s so exciting and we both can’t wait to continue exploring and creating together. I could go on but you’ll just have to follow us on Instagram to stay in the know. *wink*

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nothing is ever smooth but that’s life and life is where we get the ideas for our creations!! My biggest advice: Just be sure to check your art supplies before starting a new piece!!! Once you start, it’s hard to stop! Until to realize you’re out of black paint.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Currently, I’m doing house paintings as client gifts (ink and watercolor) for a real estate agent, owner of SP Homes KC, Steve Soby. The wholesale jewelry gig I mentioned earlier was a huge Pride moment. And we are hoping it will lead to other wholesales.

December 1st Friday at MOD is coming up and I’m working on various mediums and commissions at the moment! Be sure to come see us at MOD Gallery!

I don’t think anything sets me apart from others but I’ve always been a very driven person. I started working at age 14 and 22 years later, I’m still slinging drinks and managing the place. I wasn’t slinging drinks at age 14. I was just a little bus girl. But back to being driven. I don’t give up. I continue to create and show even when it feels like everyone around me is doing and creating the same things. I have heart. A lot of heart. I’m patient. I force myself to do things out of my comfort zone but look at it as an opportunity to meet someone or sell something or get an idea for something. So don’t stop, don’t give up, keep going and yes, if you have an opportunity for something, anything… take it!

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Always follow through. I’ve had one pop up
I didn’t attend and I’ve regretted it since! If you commit, then commit 100%.

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