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Irving’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out rising stars from Irving and surrounding areas below.

Barb Diamond

I was born and raised in Lancaster, PA. From a young age, I was fascinated with plants, and my bedroom windows were crawling with various vines and whatever else I propagated and planted. I also spent a lot of time cooking and baking. It was nothing for me to skim through a cookbook in search of something fun to bake and then make it for my family. They kept me busy making cookies during the holidays! I eventually could come up with treats made from scratch without a recipe.  Read more>>

Maria Dennis

Designs by GG was established in 2008 after I attended the Wilton Institute for culinary pastry and cake decorating. I had a passion for baking and took it to the next level once my eldest son asked me to make his groom’s cake in the shape of an electric guitar. Within a year after attending the Wilton Institute, I became an instructor for cake decorating while working from my cottage kitchen in Keller, TX. As my clientele grew, I moved to Irving, TX, and opened my design studio from my home in 2017.  Read more>>

Rosa Figueroa

My interests in photography began while I started a journey in the modeling industry. Seeing how confident being behind a camera made me feel, I developed a passion to bring that feeling to others. My friends and I experimented with multiple sceneries, concepts, and themes as we dominated the creative abstract of a photoshoot. After two years of trying out different cameras and learning from others in the photography world I decided to make it official for me. In 2019, right in the middle of a Covid pandemic I began IAMRosa Photos. I love that I get to immerse myself in other peoples’ life events, dreams and goals with every picture I take. This industry has allowed me to meet amazing people in different industries and from multiple parts of the world. Read more>>

Julia Cornish

I was looking for a creative outlet separate from my full time job in higher education and landed on pouring candles in vintage glassware. Though I am born and raised in Texas, my family is from the Midwest where many of the famous glass companies are or were. Because my love for glass began early in life with my family, this endeavor was a no brainer! Overall it has been wonderful but there of course have been challenges. Pouring candles really is a science so I had to brush up on some math skills and not shy away from research! The biggest challenge though is running a small business while working full time. Read more>>

Sean Amechi Arinze

As a child I can remember, I was very fashionable and sometimes I found myself mixing and switching outfits at a tender age but the older relatives around me didn’t really like it they preferred I just wear simple stuffs and go out by I always knew what I wanted. My first venture into fashion was because I always find it difficult to get what to wear due to my height, because I loved fitted clothes and I wanted to stand out, Fashion to me is. Way of expressing my self without saying much, I started making clothes for myself alone. Read more>>

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