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"What the soul does for the body, is what the artist does for his people"
Gabriela Mistral

                                           



All started when my grandmothers were born, or maybe even before. I belong to a raw womanhood of natural born artists. I grew up watching my mother sewing and crafting beautiful things. As a little girl, I mimicked her knitting and loved to sew. During my early teens, I discovered the world of painting, and I fell in love with dirty brushes, pastels pencils, and colors. 



I am credentialed Special Education teacher with emphasis in Moderate to Severe area, and also self-taught maker. My signature brand is called Monailtd, and it has been since I was 16 years old. I explore art from the Punk approach of self-creation; and I am strongly influenced by the Third & Fourth Wave Feminist movement. But more than anything, I believe Art is being more than doing. Furthermore, I deeply identify with the  renascence of  Arts and Crafts in the 1900's because I conceive ART as a creative force that is not limited to art pieces, but as a way of living life, as a lence through which I see the world around me. For this,  I  use acrylics, ceramic, fabrics, markers, papers, plates,  threads, and reclaimed materials in order to create one of a kind pieces such as embroideries,  handmade bags and pillows, and decorative accessories including hand-painted plates and much more. I also explore the world of  photography through Anti Portraits in order to canalize existential and feminist themes that are important to me. 






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