I'm Starla, a stay at home mom and military spouse. In my spare time, I love to read, play video games, create in the craft room and dabble in a little of everything crafty. Painting, scrapbooking, card making, wood signs, glitter drinkware, and jewelry - just to name a few. I love the escape from reality that I get when I am creating. I love trying new things and always ruin the first of any new thing (sometimes the first two), but after I get a grasp on how to make something I begin to see potential and possibilities. I begin to see that item in different fabric choices and begin to match up coordinating colors which later become Urban TomBoy creations!
Urban TomBoy was born out of a need to give my daughter clothes with superheroes on them. Before she was three she fell in love with Batman, she then moved on to Spiderman, Captain America, the Flash and is currently obsessed with Star Wars. To find her favorite superheroes on clothing we would have to shop in the boy's department. These less than ideal shopping experiences led me to design and create apparel for girls, who like my daughter, love superheroes and of course tutus! I made my daughter her first few skirts and she loved them, so much so that she wore them E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E.
On our outings, we started to receive compliments along with requests to pass along where we purchased them from. From there, I went to work creating more Urban TomBoy skirts and attended my first craft fair to test to see if anyone else had this same need. To my excitement and pure delight, I met other mothers who were encouraged to see skirts that fell outside the mold of traditional girl apparel. Their daughters were just like mine - non-traditional and super cool.
During this venture one thing remains the same - I want my daughter to grow up knowing that I love her and that she can be and like anything she wants. I want her to be empowered by the superheroes she looks up to, to be free to wear them and encourage other girls to embrace their love of fandom.The next generation of girls is learning that it is OK to be who they are and like things that aren’t traditionally girly. These are the girls that are breaking the mold of tradition and are going to change the world. I can’t wait to see it and I have a front row seat, making the clothes and accessories to match their favorite hero or video game.