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I’m a fiber artist living in the Midwest, with a passion for color and making. I draw inspiration from nature’s colors to fuel my textile pieces with energy and texture. I create contemporary and traditional textile compositions of varying sizes, using new and re-purposed fabrics. Though I began this adventure in 2012 by selling made-to-order custom pieces at arts & craft shows and exhibits, my renewed focus is on teaching and I’m happy to share my enthusiasm for this craft with others. I teach children and adults alike. My goal is to create, teach and promote the sewing Arts in the community in which I live, surrounding areas and beyond!

In sewing I find the perfect outlet for creating colorful compositions that speak about where I have been and what I have learned. It allows me to merge components of my Cuban heritage and my love for the visual arts. My philosophy is to follow no rules; my style is definitely improvisational. I love textiles and sewing unconventional materials. I try to teach each student I encounter, that sewing is not about perfection; sewing is about personal and spiritual enjoyment. Sewing is about freedom of expression and the act of trusting our instincts.

Free Spirit Sewing Machine Project: Sewing has become an integral part of my daily life and I want to ensure that others have access to the tools that have so positively impacted my life. Making these available in the community has become my main focus this year.

  • The Baraboo Public Library was the first recipient of three (3) brand new Janome Sewing machines. The library is a great resource in the Baraboo community and creative programs are in the works for this summer.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sauk/Baraboo were the second recipient and received a new Janome sewing machine to be used in the club. They were also recipients of art supplies and scrapbooking die-cut machines.
  • The third recipient of this project is the Lodi High School Music Dept. http://www.lodi.k12.wi.us/high/theater.cfm. Each year they organize a play and Shrek is their next production. The Janome sewing machine donated will be put to good use in no time.
  • The 4th recipient of this project for the new school year receiving the 6th machine, is St. Joseph School ‘s Art Department. A Janome 2212 will join their creative space.

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