Hey there. I’m Skaja Evens. [Sounds like /skī-ə/ /eh-vənz/]
I am the owner and lead creative wonder behind Haus of Sevens. If you’re here from SkajaWills[dot]com, you’re in the right place. Life circumstances led to a name change and a fresh start. Including this website.
I grew up among the lakes of Central Minnesota, taking a pit stop in Nebraska before finally finding my way to Tampa Florida where I’ve lived since 2009. I love the sunshine, however, the humidity and I have a hostile relationship.
I’ve made art most of my life. I learned to crochet from my maternal grandma, Vivian. Art classes in school brought a fascination with color and design. Even a shop class in high school contributed to my creativity. Growing up with a musician dad instilled an appreciation of music that rivals my love of art. When alone, I often sing along with the myriad genres I adore. (Fun fact: I spent several months as a DJ in a Second Life bar called PIER.)
In the years since graduation, my love affair with color and creativity has only deepened, branching out into what I wear, what I make, and even how I decorate my living space and studio. I will happily spend hours wandering art stores (or browsing art supply store websites), considering project ideas, and will binge watch my way through design shows in my Netflix queue.
I love bright colors, bold statements, movement, and non-conformity. I am eccentric, indelible, and neurodivergent. I stand for equity for all and advocate for mental health awareness, stigma reduction, feminism, unpacking privilege, protections for the marginalized, and the rights and freedoms for people to live their truth. (Unless you’re a Nazi.) I believe that Black Lives Matter and support direct giving to those in need.
Many of my pieces, particularly painting and photography, are open to interpretations. I invite you to come to your own conclusions about what any particular piece means to you. Art is so needed. Especially now. Art creates possibilities and challenges thought. It is a mirror into ourselves. Art can, and does, change lives.
I have two furry assistants, Foghat and Creedence. They are 10-year-old littermates I’ve had their entire lives. Together, they are my heart.
My other loves include my partner, the humans with whom I am involved, writing poetry, music (particularly my collection of cover songs), rain, road trips, fictional crime dramas, tattoos (and the getting of them), memes, and chocolate milk.