About the Artist
Welcome to my Studio & Life learning Corner!
I'm a textile art educator, motivational speaker, sustainability graduate student & avid urban gardener living in the Midwest, with a passion for color and making. I draw inspiration from nature's colors to fuel my artwork, informed by my Cuban heritage, with energy and texture.
image by Steph Shanks Photography
I also make quilts and provide quilting services.
Whenever time allows, you will find me working with soil. That is what truly started my creative growth over a decade ago, though I did not know it at the time.
In 2012 I began to sell made to order custom pieces at arts & craft shows and exhibits.
My renewed focus is on teaching and empowering my students, to seek the best artistic practices that enhance their lives.
My goal is to teach, create and promote the type of sustainability that reinforces confidence, creativity and self sufficiency.
Starting in the summer of 2016 I took to the practice of slow stitching and slow making with great zest. I sold a few sewing machines and invested in simple slow making tools. In the process I have inspired hundreds to take up the Japanese hand-stitching technique of Sashiko and Kantha stitching; I'm still very much a student of both art forms and feel a spiritual connection to this art.
Thank you for your interest in my work. Look around and please contact me if you have any questions. If you are representing a quilt guild please reach out. I would love to share my passion for textile arts and very willing to travel.
"What Would you Do If You Weren't Afraid?"
---- Sheryl Sandberg