On May 27th, CRÉATIF hosted the very first #creatifTO at The Rec Room, Toronto. The event brought together 14 hair artists and 5 guest artists, including internationally renowned Peter Gray, Lupe Voss, Geno Chapman, Charlie Price and DJ Muldoon – raising an amazing $22,655 for WaterAid Canada and clean water projects in Madagascar!
Part of the 14 hair artists was Gabo Hernandez from Civello Salon. In 2017, Gabo raised an amazing $7,500 for WaterAid Canada, qualifying him to participate in last year's Study Tour of Madagascar. Read on to see how Gabo's experience in Madagascar influenced his creative look at #creatifTO!
What was your inspiration behind your look at CRÉATIF?
I was inspired by a very exotic and extraordinary animal from the island of Madagascar – the lemur! There are over 100 different species of lemurs and I based my inspiration on the Ring Tail Lemur. Seeing this beautiful and super friendly marsupial was definitely one of many highlights of my experience in Madagascar. I was drawn to it’s tail, colours and the way it moved.
Why did you want to incorporate your experience in the Study Tour of Madagascar into your look for CRÉATIF?
I wanted to do something unique and meaningful but also allusive to the reason we were all united at CRÉATIF – to celebrate the craft and community of design and creativity. But most importantly, to celebrate humanity! I wanted the audience to experience some of the beauty of Madagascar that I witnessed last fall during the Study Tour.
What effect and response did you hope to achieve by creating this style?
I wanted to spark awareness and a wow factor, and to showcase that inspiration comes from multiple sources – no matter where it's from around the world! This time, my inspiration was a mix of nature, the remarkable lemur and my emotions from my time in Madagascar. All of these things made this look so special to me. After my inspiration came the challenge of how I was going to create my desired look, but I was still so excited to do this!
Gabriel (Gabo) Hernandez is originally from Venezuela and is based in Toronto, where he got his professional training at the Aveda Institute and Academy - graduating with Honours from both programs. He's a hard and dedicated worker with a lot of respect for his craft and has been with the Aveda family since 2011. Gabo has become a highly-rated hairdresser by his clients. He has also had the pleasure to work closely with Kristjan Hayden (Aveda Creative Director) and he is proud to continue to expand his creativity as a part of the Civello Creative Team and Aveda Team Canada. Gabo's most recent accomplishment is being named the 2017 Canadian Aveda Global Fashionista Winner.