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Wow, Awe and Much More!

Wow. March is ending and it was a pretty exiting month for me and my art; and I'm still waiting for someone to pinch me!

First, on March 8th,  I had the honor to participate and attend to the inauguration of the 2014  10TH. WOMEN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION at the Latino Art Museum. Even though it was my second time participating in this event,  I feel very humble and honored to have shared for almost a month such special place with so many special and talented female artist.  I'm so grateful to the director of the museum, Graciela Nardi, for allowing me to hang up my art on the walls of her museum. I know that there are so many gifted women artist out there,  so I don't take this invitation for granted. On the contrary, I'm humble by her welcoming.  And on top of this,  I even sold my art journals!

Then, at the end of the month,  I received the printed edition of the Spring 2014 Haute Handbag Magazine featuring six pages of my Newspaper Bag Collection! I'm beyond thr…

Mini Frida Embroidery

I am officially obsessed with hand embroidery, specifically, embroidering street art stencils of Frida Kahlo! This is a mini Frida. 





Another Grief Observed

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be about me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. If only they would talk to one another and not to me.”
C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed









"Suffering without catharsis is nothing but wasted pain" Elizabeth Gilbert 

Haute Handbag Magazine Spring 2014

I'm so exited and honored that my Newspaper Bag Collection is featured with six pages in the 2014 Spring issue of the Haute Handbag Magazine! I'm thrill and grateful for this opportunity; and to be featured among so many talented artist, it is a real  honor. This collection is very close to my heat. It features fabrics printed with newspaper themes, from the comic, to the add section; and there's even a foreign newspaper! I was inspired to design this collection as pure melancholy. I am fully aware of the advantages of the new technology in relationship with the news, and also to the environment. However, there was something special about siting at the table during Sunday mornings and browse through the newspaper pages, especially because it was an activity that I have shared with my father at different times of my life.  So this collection is about remembering old times: me, the newspaper, and my father.
Thank you so much to the editor and to everyone who was involved …

Reclaiming Old Journals

I love to intervene old pictures with unique pink haired punky girls, but most of all, I loved the idea of reclaiming unwanted journals. As a nature lover, I was horrified to learn how much paper we waste. This means that the average American uses 7 trees a year, and to produce a ton of paper is required 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and high cost energy. For that reason, I embarked on the task of saving old and clearance notebooks in order to reclaim them into beautiful and one of a kind journals...   Reuse, Recycle, Reduce!  









by monailtd.