Aurora Molina was born in Havana, Cuba in 1984. She emigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen, where she opted to pursue an education in art. Molina received her Associate of Arts in Visual Arts from Miami-Dade College, a Bachelors inf Fine Arts specializing in Mixed Media from Florida International University and a Masters Degree in Contemporary Art at the Universidad Europea de Madrid completed in 2009. She currently resides in Miami, Florida, where she works as a full time artist.
Alina Rodriguez is a Miami based artist/ museum educator/Curriculum Support Specialist and visual arts educator for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She has intersected her 30 year teaching profession to embrace all her passions: textiles, visual arts, curatorial work, arts education for undeserved students and students with disabilities.
Aurora Molina and Alina Rodriguez received the Oolite Arts, Creator Award and the Wavemaker Grants at Locust Projects, an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Long Haul Projects.
Evelyn Politzer lives and works in Miami, Florida. She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay where she studied law. Following her passion for fibers she graduated from Parsons School of Design in NYC and is currently an MFA candidate at MIU. Through her work, Politzer expands our appreciation of fiber arts and the techniques of knitting and crochet as artistic form. ..
Susan Feliciano is an artist, educator, and poet. ... A native of New York, Feliciano attended Florida International University where she received a BA (1992), BFA (2001) and MS (2005). Feliciano is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University's Art and Art History program and the Director of Inkimaru Studio.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Silvana Soriano is a visual artist currently based in Miami, Florida. Soriano has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Brazil, Spain, France, USA and Cuba since 1984, including having her work featured at Pinta Miami Art Fair
Nancy Billings, a New York native is a Coconut Grove, Florida based artist and
teacher. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute. Her
movement from fashion design to fiber art was a natural transition using the
same medium in new and innovative ways. Nancy starts with a plan then
progresses in an improvisational way. She uses different surface design
techniques to enhance her work such as hand dyeing, silk screen, gold leaf,
mono-printing and fusing. Billings specializes in art quilting and Jewish textile
traditions, creating Chuppot (wedding canopies) and Tallit (prayer shawls).
She has been creating small and large interconnected facets using fabric, thread
and paint as she makes these facets challenge each other both physically and
visually. Billings taught sewing arts and fashion design from middle school
through college and was selected by the History Museum Miami (2015) for a
residency in Fiber Art.
Mixed media artist and seasoned educator with the Miami Dade County Public Schools. Nancy is also and one of the original founding members of FAMA,.FAMA is the offspring of Threading Thoughts: A Virtual Initiative.
Ceramist and visual artist Teresa Colon lives and works in Miami, Dade. Her new passion is experimental weaving. Teresa is one of the original founding members of FAMA,.FAMA is the offspring of Threading Thoughts: A Virtual Initiative.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico (1971). Works and lives in Miami, USA.
Laura initiated her art studies at the University of North Carolina, the New York
School of Visual Arts and the Art Students’ League in NYC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Analysis and Management of Contemporary Art from the University of
Barcelona. Some of her exhibitions include the Instituto Cultural de Mexico in Miami, the Embassy of Chile in Washington D.C., the Centro Cultural Fatima in Mexico and the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles amongst others.
Laeti is a Haitian-American artist living in Miami, Florida. She uses various art media to address social and personal issues such as global warming and rising sea levels, blackness, feminism, and acceptance. She uses painting, textile arts, photography, illustration, videography, sound art and other media to portray beauty, while conveying her sometimes painful
“I interpret my work as ever-evolving, just as we humans evolve. We are never the same from one instant to another; we are changed by our experiences, circumstances and wisdom. Likewise, I change through my work as my work changes by my hand.”
A talented and curious South Florida artist known for her nature-inspired work in soft sculpture, fused plastic installations, and stuffed textile wall collages. Alissa Alfonso creates work that honors the natural world by repurposing found materials to reflect both the abundance and waste characteristic of modern life. Her pieces celebrate the freedom inherent in nature, recognize lost and disappearing landscapes, and warn of a future in which nature can no longer heal itself.
Ana Weiss has found a new passion in the fiber arts and working with textiles under the guidance of Aurora Molina. She is a mid career visual arts educator, artist and one of the original founding members of FAMA.
FAMA is the offspring of Threading Thoughts: A Virtual Initiative.
Maru, born in Caracas, Venezuela is a Miami based photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and interior designer. For over five years, she has concentrated on photography and to studying women through the vision of Jungian psychology and Greek mythology archetypes. Learning fuels her vision as an artist and influences her work. She approaches her subject directly and sincerely without fear.
Her motto is to be a voice for those who are unable or afraid to speak.
Born in Los Angeles, California and raised on Miami Beach, FL, Jacqueline Roch is an artist whose work is best described as “tropical realism.” Her work is highly distinctive with bold color choices and contrasts. Layering pastels to create complex colors, she’s able to achieve a quality that’s reminiscent of an oil painting. Influenced by her love of nature and the tropics, Jacqueline’s work is meant to inspire those who see it to “stop for a minute, slow down and see the good and beautiful in every day.”
Yapur is a Mixed Media artist who intuitively incorporates different materials needed for her textile work. She connects with the special environment created by threads, fabrics, scissors, chalk, measuring tapes and sewing machines that she had been exposed to throughout her childhood. She comes from a family of tailors and has been quite easy for her to fuse textile with new technologies.
Yapur's aesthetic language is primarily centered on the creation of collages, using diverse techniques.
Angela Bolaños is a Honduran born artist living in Miami, FL. Her process-driven creative practice makes use of textiles, reflective surfaces, found objects, traditional media and experimental techniques. Inspired by organic shapes often juxtaposed with geometric
shapes, patterns and paper collage, the physicality of her work seduces the viewer with its rich texture, ebullient colors and expressive movement. The creative journey of her work represents physical expressions of her continuous search into concepts of identity, perception, and the passing of time.
Regina Jestrow is a New York-born, Miami-based visual artist. Her mother taught her how to sew when she was a child, and she’s has utilized these skills throughout her practice. When she moved to Miami, she focused on quilting and crochet to cope with homesickness. Jestrow’s artwork explores her ongoing interests in women's history and American quilt pattern traditions. Jestrow’s research has led her to develop a body of work that includes painting, drawings, textiles, fibers, and sculptural installations
Amy Gelb was born in New York City and grew up in South Miami. She studied at NYU where she earned a BFA at Tisch School of the Arts in Drama and a Masters in Clinical Social Work. Amy is a multimedia artist and photographer whose work examines the fabric of the female story and the layers that weave us to our past, to each other and to our potential futures. Her first monograph, As Is: Women Exposed, was published by Daylight Books in 2018 and has since been written about in both domestic and foreign publications.
Valerie Lustgarten began exploring gestural painting 13 years ago, actively researching
different medium through which to communicate important ideas.
She went from educator, to administrator, to educator of educators and finally, a wealth of
knowledge and experience led her to pursue a career as an artist in search of the very basic
understanding of how one becomes motivated to communicate an idea no matter how
destabilizing it may be.
For the past few years, she has pursued the goal of delving into what she calls a variety of
medium, mini-intensive “internships”. She has taken charcoal drawing classes with Miami-
based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor and several classes at Miami Dade College including
Analog B & W Photography with Professor Joseph Tamargo, Drawing with professor
Claudia Scalise, and 2D Design and Art Appreciation with artist and Professor Tom Sciluna.
She also took weaving lessons with Pamela Palma. Most recently she has been exploring
both video medium and fiber art through self-directed study.
In November 2016, Lustgarten presented her first solo show Baselnot in Aventura, Florida.
A second version titled Baselnot, #Selfme, took place in November 2017 and in November
of 2018 she presented her first solo show titled Cover-Up. The pandemic has inspired
Lustgarten to explore new medium such as photography and fiber-art through which to
express her ideas.
Cassandra is a fiber artist studying on full scholarship to pursue a career in the visual arts. Recipient of the Scholastic KCAI' 23. Visual artist YoungArts, 2019. Scholastics, 2019. NWSA 19. YoungArts has hosted several exhibitions by YoungArts master teachers, winners and alumni, including Derrick Adams, Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas.
Cassandra was a grant recipient of an artist residency to Xela, Guatemala in 2019 to study backstrap weav
A multidisciplinary artist who moved to Florida in 2017 from Philadelphia where she was
Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts. Jeanne is currently also a visiting artist at
Xian Academy of Fine Arts in China for three months a year.
Jeanne primarily creates interactive installations which reexamine cultural stories, myths and histories as well as sculptural work often made from cast paper fibers. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries both in the United States and abroad.
Debora is a hand weaver lover of colors, textures and the challenges each new project brings. Lives and works in Miami, Florida. Was born in Argentina where she studied Pharmacy and Biochemistry. Has been weaving for more than 30 years, but it was not until recent years that she took her hobby to a different level introducing different techniques and natural dyeing to her weaving. She believes weaving allows her to interlace her inner courage, beauty, sensibility, and freedom to weave her tru
Mary Ruden taught Art at the college level for over eight years; her artwork and sculpture is in Public Art projects in several states. She was awarded a Preservation Award by the Knox Heritage East TN Preservation Alliance. Her bronze statues and recent quilts feature historic people and events such as the Centennial of women’s right to vote. She has an online portfolio with the North American Orchid Conservation Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian and at her website maryruden.com
Video “Right to Vote” includes Quilts by artist:
Karla Kantorovich is a mixed media artist from Mexico based in Miami, FL. She works
with paintings, fibers, and assemblages, leaning into the importance of texture and
dimensionality as a way of exploring renewal. She recently completed her Masters in
Studio Art from Florida International University (FIU) while actively showcasing her
work on multiple international platforms. Some of her more recent exhibitions include
the 2019 MFA exhibition at the Frost Art Museum and the Malamegi Lab International
Art Contest in Rome, Italy.
My fascination with texture has led me to explore on an endless range of surfaces from canvas and thread to wood and metal. I like to experiment with found materials such as twigs, nails and roofing paper. I enjoy the challenge of using materials originally meant for something else. My artwork involves shapes, lines, patterns, flowers, and motifs that derive from influences such as textiles and nature. A subtle line or shape can determine the direction a piece will take. Even if I have a sketch, once I start working my artwork often changes completely.
Many of my canvases are created in a modular fashion beginning with small squares that may be expanded or combined with others, or stand on their own. Every individual square embodies its own unique and distinctive story. My goal is to take the viewer on a special journey every time they look at my art. If each person walks away with a distinctive impression and experience from viewing my work, then my mission has been accomplished.
Yolanda is a visual artist, curator and writer with an MFA in painting from Yale University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University. Most recently, she served as the Director of Miami International Airport’s Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs, a post she held for 21 years. Yolanda is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Art & Art History Department at Florida International University and is represented in New York by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.
Yolanda’s textile work is inspired by a Korean art form, known as Bojagi. In its traditional practice, the stitching and seams create linear elements that are employed as components of the design, and are what distinguishes Bojagi from patchwork textiles found in other traditions. In her Bojagi-inspired textile work, Yolanda is extending and interpreting the basic structure of Bojagi to a form that is more contemporary, varying in medium and size, and utilizing color compositions and stitching techniques that are less anchored to traditional methods.
Liene Bosquê holds an MFA in Fiber and Materials Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from the São Paulo State University, and a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from Mackenzie University both in Brazil, where she is from. Bosquê received the Ellies Creator Award, Miami’s Visual Arts Awards, and a WaveMaker Grant in 2019.
Bosquê’s installations, sculptures, site-specific projects, as well as socially engaged practice works have been exhibited in museums and galleries In the United States at MoMA PS1 in New York, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, MOCA North Miami, among other places. Her artworks were also included in international exhibitions in Brazil, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, and South Korea.
Brant has degrees in painting from the University of Montana (BFA) and the University of Wyoming. (MFA). Brant grew up on the western Plains Indian reservations (Sioux, Cheyenne, Assiniboine) where the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Public Health employfamily. She has lived and worked in Montana, Wyoming, London, England, and Missouri and in 1999 moved to Florida to take a studio teaching position at Florida International University.
Her subversive works executed in a variety of media, including fibers, painting and performance have been exhibited nationally and internationally. The year of teaching at Missouri’s Truman State University, 1997-98, introduced her to working with surface design. This introduction to the subversive use of found cloth and the needle arts has affected her art making as well as her teaching. Brant offers a fibers course as well as teaching painting at FIU.
Shelly McCoy was born in Stephenville, a seaside town in Newfoundland, Canada in 1962. Having grown up in a small town by the ocean, she has a general love and respect for nature and is an avid collector of newfoundland beach rocks which are depicted in some of her drawings and mixed media works.
Always having a passion for art, she received her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1986, majoring in Painting. Later she received her master's degree in Art Education from Florida International UniHer work in general is experimental in nature ranging from relief mixed media pieces to three dimensional objects comprised of a wide range of materials from the traditional color pencils to the non-traditional asphalt as in her most recent work.
My work spans a range of media from prints and book arts, to sculpture and public works. Two degrees in printmaking, over a decade of residencies in artist’s communities/National Parks, and a parallel career teaching art in Title I Public High Schools for over 20 years have nurtured a desire to make my work accessible to a broad range of people, and supportive of the communities that I am part of. By making multiples I am able to spread my own community around, while leaving pieces of Miami in the communities I travel to. I bring Miami wherever I go, and bring other artists home to my friends and colleagues.
I am born and raised in the Midwest (Detroit), transplanted to South Florida and loving it.
My mother sewed my clothes, my sibling's clothes, and we recycled as a humble family. She learned to sew in Home Economics, a high school course whose origins came out of the Women's Laboratory at MIT beginning in the 19th Century. I felt odd growing up wearing asymmetrical handmade clothes, yet as society continues to become more materialistic and consumer-focused, individual expression becomes constricted and rarefied. The concept of mending and repair becomes obsolete for the new and updated.
As an installation artist , my studio is a relational and plush environment. My work is accessible, funky, quirky, and celebrates the individuality of the viewer by inviting tactile sensations and active participation. Installations encourage viewers to confront their own image, take selfies, wear costumes, touch materials, and reflect upon texts and soundtracks. My texts and audio-visuals talk about class, averting crises, and encourage practitioners not to work for free.
Carola Bravo is a Venezuelan artist who lives and works in Miami. Bravo's work ranges from immersive site-specific video and art installation to public art. With a solid architecture background, her work addresses space and memory, changing territories, and their geometry, and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery represents it. Bravo holds a Ph.D. in Architecture (2016), an MA. in Art History (2003) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a BSc in Architecture from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA (1987). Carola is a former Titular Professor, Chair of the Architecture and Art Department, and Head of the Art Section at the Simon Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela. Her artwork has been exhibited at international art biennales and art fairs, museums, institutions, and galleries such as Panamá South Biennale, Florence Contemporary Art Biennale in Italy; Sweden Biennale in Stockholm; Shanghai Art Fair in China, FIA in Venezuela, among others.
Sonia Báez-Hernández holds an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico.
She employs an interdisciplinary artistic practice to create community- based art interventions and experimentations. Báez-Hernández’s body of work includes: abstract painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber. installation, performance, film, and poetry to configurate the social, imaginary, and institutions.
Baez-Hernandez’s art interventions address: detention centers, immigrations, police violence, violence against women, human trafficking, climate justice, medical gaze, Biomedicine, health disparities, inequalities, gender, breast cancer, art as healing, practice, racism, alterity, and violation of human rights, … Her art interventions reveal intersectionality and configurations of the social becoming minors to subvert and infiltrate new possibilities.
She is the recipient of the following Artist-in-Residence: with the Miami-ProjectArt (FL) Artist-in-Residence, with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance and the Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium at Ajo, (AZ) to name a few.
Colette Mello is a creative professional that works in curation, arts administration and fibers
arts. Her activist practice intersects feminism, racial equality, environmental justice, gun
control, and criminal justice reform. The goal of her practice is to stimulate meaningful
conversations on these important issues. Colette has an MFA from Florida International
University in Visual Arts – Curatorial Practice, is a docent at Perez Art Museum Miami and
facilitates art programming at FIU – Miami Beach Urban Studios.
Maria is an artist with full of passion for design,fashion,architecture and art.
Born in Brazil,where she did her bachelors in Art Visual at FAAP,and the same time,Escola Pan-americana de Artes Plásticas.Worked in her own fashion company, Rouparia Montag, for 35 years in SP.
In Miami, she is attending master of Visual Art at Miami International Art and Design.
Maria Lino holds a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from New York University,
and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida International University. She is a Fulbright U.S.
Scholar and a two-time recipient of the Oscar B. Cintas Fellowship. As a multidisciplinary
visual artist, she employs drawing, printmaking, text, video, dance, and
textiles, to create individual and group portraits of those who are often overlooked, such
as women, children, people with disabilities, migrants and immigrants. Maria has
exhibited her work extensively in both solo and group exhibitions.
Experienced Curator of Education with a demonstrated history of working in the museums and institutions industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, ADA training, Accessibility and Inclusion, Museum Education, Innovative Arts Integration Programming with Miami Dade County Public Schools Curriculum, Event Management, and Art. Strong arts and design professional with a Master's of Art focused in Museum Studies / Education/ Management from The Johns Hopkins University.
Rosie Gordon-Wallace’s professional background belies her current passion. Knowing her just a few years ago, one might never have guessed that this licensed medical microbiologist and former senior consultant for Searle Pharmaceuticals from 1981-1999 is now the founder and senior curator of Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, one of the most talked about art incubator spaces in Miami. Gordon-Wallace, always a passionate lover of art, made up her mind in 1996 to devote herself full time to the gallery she created and developed. Diaspora Vibe Gallery, which specializes in Caribbean and Latin American Art with an emphasis on exhibiting emerging artists, supports the development of new work by resident artists by offering workshops and other skill-building opportunities for young artists.
A graduate of IDD Instituto de Diseno Neumann, Caracas, Venezuela.
Mirena Suarez is a Cuban-born multimedia artist. She received her Bachelor in Arts degree with a minor in Printmaking from the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana. She moved to the United States and furthered her studies at Florida International University and NOVA Southeastern University. Her work reflects on the atemporal universal issues of identity, connection, and change. Through a variety of media that includes mainly tile mosaic, printmaking, drawing and photography, the artist explores philosophical questions associated with the concepts of loss, memory, conception, survival, fragility, perception of time, social relationships and dynamics, and emotional communication as originators of a visual dialogue that expresses the thoughts, worries, perceptions, and the constant internal fights that she experiences. This standpoint goes beyond being auto-referential and becomes a personal expression of the universal query that rules the dynamics inherent to modern life. Mirena has extensively exhibited her work around the world, and has been awarded numerous prizes and recognitions for her artwork. She currently works as a Visual Arts teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She lives and works in Miami, FL.
Rosario Salazar is a native of Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the US 30 years ago and after working for several years for various prestigious architectural firms, she open her own interior design (ID)studio. Following a desire to explore her artistic side working with natural fibers and other materials, she now enjoys spending more time with others who continue to inspire her tireless creativity.
Erika Poy holds a B.A. degree in Architecture from UNAM, Mexico. She also has studies in Architecture from Carleton University in Canada and graduate studies in Interior Design and Real Estate from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
Erika enjoys working with oils, acrylic and watercolors but is currently obsessed with punch needle, embroidery and sewing techniques as painting and sculpting material. After living in Mexico, Ottawa, Boston and Toronto she now lives in Miami with her husband and three kids.
Sóstenes “Sunny” Marquez is a Puerto Rican multimedia artist based in Miami, FL. Her
work is a reflection of her love of nature and people. Marquez has exercised her trade
for three decades on commissions and as a private instructor. Her teaching methods in
art appreciation are based in the great masters and their disciplines; once mastering
these, one is open to contemporary interpretations.
Qinza Najm is a Miami/NYC-based Pakistani-American inter-disciplinary artist. She has exhibited at venues including the Queens Museum (Queens, NY), Christie’s Art (Dubai), Art Basel (Miami, FL), Karachi Biennale (Pakistan), Western Exhibitions Gallery (Chicago) Museum of the Moving Image (Queens, NY), and the National Museum of Beijing (China). Her work has been featured in ArtNet News, the NY Daily News, International Business Week, and the Huffington Post.
Najm pursued her fine arts studies at Bath University and The Art Students League of New York, where she studied under the mentorship of Larry Poons. She completed her Psychology PhD at Tennessee State University. Her upbringing in Lahore, Pakistan, adulthood in the United States, and intense training in Psychology inform her paintings, performance and installation work related to gender, politics, and (em)-powerment.
Amanda Madrigal (b. 1990, Miami, FL) is an American
Contemporary artist who lives and works in Miami, Florida.
Madrigal received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the
Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. She is a fiber artist who
creates large scale, mixed media installations and soft sculptures
using repurposed materials. Her works exist between the
intersection of comfort and peculiarity, the familiar and the
unknown. Recent Solo exhibitions include "Turning Points" at
ArtHood 56 in Miami, Florida (2019) and "The Garden" at Gallery
217, Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida (2020).
Madrigal was awarded and completed her first residency at the
Aloha Redlands artist in residence program Homestead, Florida
(2019). She has shown her work both nationally and abro
Melanie is the founder of The Contemporary Art Modern Project (The CAMP Gallery) focuses on bringing attention to who they consider the freshest and most interesting emerging and mid career contemporary artists. Prapopoulos, an established artist herself creates collaborative relationships with the artist and the collector through partnering with online giants to increase exposure, to creating and curating unique and innovative pop up exhibitions, both physical and virtual.
Aluna Art Foundation Founders, Willie and Adriana. Adriana Herrera is an independent writer and curator. I received my Ph.D. with an interdisciplinary dissertation in art and literature formulating the concept of “extreme fictions.” Since 2011, I have been part of Aluna Curatorial Collective and cofounded Aluna Art Foundation. More than 200 artists have participated in our projects, expanding social thought and imagination. We have explored the relationship between subjectivity, architecture, and the failure of social dreams in Latin America in several art exhibitions under the title "Affective Architectures". In "Jorge Eduardo Eielson: On the Other Side of Languages" we showcased his poetry and art. "Exodus" at Centro CCE Miami, 2014, was an interactive and community participative award-winning program. I curated "Women Geometers" at Atchuggary Art Center; "America Weaves" at Coral Gables Museum (2019); "Sonia Falcone" at the National Palace of Ajuda, Lisbon (2017); "Damien Hirst & Sonia Falcone", Montecarlo (2014), "Critical Strategies of Post-Utopian Cuban Art", Houston (2011); among other exhibitions.
‘Ganxxet’. With just one X means Crochet in Catalan, with two XX it is a hidden message of “girls united”.
Ganxxet is a small shop in Miami for fiber materials used to empower women textile artists. Proprietor Nuria carries a whole line of eco-conscious rope and yarn for macrame, weaving, crochet and knitting.
FIBER ARTISTS-MIAMI ASSOCIATION
Artists/ Members are not listed in alphabeticalrder but rather in the order of in which they became members.
Our organization welcomes anyone interested in learning, teaching, practicing, or advocating for the textile arts in Miami or abroad.
Our goal is the education and advancement of the fiber arts medium.
I been working as an artist for 45 plus years. Born in New York, in a multi-cultural and multi-artistic family, and raised in Venezuela. Studied architecture at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and Fine Arts at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas. Worked in Paris France. Have been a Photography professor for University. Art director in publicity and editorial companies. Photography for publicity agencies and editorial companies. Taught painting and photography at my private Studio in Caracas. Moved to Florida in the nineties. Got involved with a nonprofit organization for children with especial needs, La Ventana de los Cielos, giving art lessons to the children. Learned gilding and Glass mosaic restauration in Florence Italy as part of a restauration program with UNESCO. I have included mediums like fused glass, clay and resin into my Quilts . I currently have a studio in Studio 18 where I give classes and develop my art work
Rojo is a fabricator and designer of monumental installations and environments, independent artist, filmmaker and clothing designer, Most recently,
he re-imagined Star Hill Ranch - a ghost town in Houston, Texas as an arcade game where the
guests became game components. For the 2020 elections he was commissioned by famed
choreographer Andros Zins Browne to create traveling performance stages for “Vote Float”
traveling through Miami Dade County.
Adriane Pereira is a photographer, sewist, and faculty member in the Master of Art in Teaching program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was born in sunny Miami, Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in Art Education from the Florida State University and taught high school art for nine years with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She’s a proud wife, granddaughter, daughter, and sister. Publications include Baltimore Uprising: Pedagogy for Change; Becoming a Woman of Color; and Critical thinking: Art criticism as a tool for analysing and evaluating art, instructional practice and social justice issues.
The media mix artist, born and raised in southern Brazil. She learned, when a child, with her mother and grandmother, many techniques of manual work with fibers. Graduated in Fashion Design, she currently lives in Miami where she attends the MFA program at Miami International Unervisity. The main characteristic of her work is the mixture of resources. She usually adds to her paintings a mix of techniques such as embroidery, macramé, knitting, crochet and fabric collage.
My current body of work explores limits. Digging into my past and working through experiences through art and likewise pushing my art medium to the limit. My art practice focuses on several passions; love of earth, repurposing waste, innovation, inspiring as a woman and a survivor.
As a child of free thinkers I was never discouraged from trying new things. Living communally allowed for experiences with those whose experimented in all manner of creativity that allowed me to come alongside to learn as an equal and not a child. I was encouraged to try and comfortable with failing as part of the process. In my most recent experience with new media I was cognizant of how production would effect my surroundings. Waste paper and plastic converted to a flat pliable feltlike textile. I hand mold and flame sculpt each piece, a myriad of shapes assembled into freestanding or wall hung sculptures.
My art practice draws on the ideas of abstraction, minimalism, Dadaism, the concept of ikigai, anti-consumerism, and a dedication to legacy. While I enjoy being immersed in art I am often inspired by other things. The lighting in a film, the vein of a leaf, fungi, the way music makes new art unfurl in my mind. I want to create everything I’ve imagined until there’s nothing left.
My work is an ongoing exploration that involves human relationships and human interaction with nature. I’m driven by my inner curiosity, experimentation, and the desire to know the material intimately, a journey into the unknown. Wet and dry media over paper and canvas, mark making, cutting, and ripping become a poetic process in my art practice. I raise concerns regarding the natural environment and the amount of waste humans produce daily. Hand stitching, discarded ephemera and the use of multimedia become elements of my current work. I was born in El Cairo Valle, a remote village located in the mountains, Valle del Cauca in Colombia. I’ve lived in New York and Texas and I currently work from my art studio located in The Bird Road Art District in Miami, Florida.
Education: BFA, School of Visual
Arts, New York 2002
Ana Alonso Moller
Patricia L. Cooke was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. In 2011, she earned her BFA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After graduation, Cooke returned to her hometown to build upon her studio practice. Cooke was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship in 2015 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Cooke relocated to the Miami area and fulfilled her graduate studies at UM, earning her MFA in Sculpture in 2018. Cooke teaches Sculpture and 3D Design at the University of Miami and New World School of the Arts. Cooke continues to build her studio practice, focusing on fiber sculpture.
Jeannette Stargala is a visual artist, living and working in Miami. Originally from Germany, she grew up behind the Iron Curtain and studied architecture after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. When she moved to the US as an adult and mother of 2 beautiful daughters, she did not speak English and started to develop her own visual language. Jeannette got a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Miami. While focusing on printmaking during the program, she found her love for book arts and teaches today at the University of Miami and New World School of the Arts. Fabrics have always been a part of her work, sewing her first artistic expressions as a child.
Endam Nihan is a performance and video artist. She creates single-channel works as well as multi-channel installations, image essays, objects, and VR works. Her work critically and humorously discloses collaborations between contemporary images of daily life, female representation, emerging technologies and pop cultural forms of consumption and circulation. Born and raised in Turkey and currently based in the US, she holds an MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University
Claudia Morrison was born in Medellín, Colombia, moved to The United States in 1987, and
currently resides in Parkland, FL. Claudia obtained a degree in Physical Therapy, graduated from
Florida Atlantic University from the BFA program, concentration on sculpture, and just recently
completed her MA in Languages, linguistics, and comparative literature, teaching of Spanish,
from the same university. Her current interest lies in the exploration of fiber art geared towards the research and interpretation of current social problems.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Aida Tejada is an experimental mixed-media artist who works to stretch the frame of photography beyond the camera.
She explores the the absurdity of controlling time and space, an impulse that makes us both the victim and executioner of our actions. While she is well versed in traditional photography, Tejada also uses various alternative photographic processes and hands-on photo-transfer techniques to create her work.
Aida has participated in numerous exhibitions. Currently, she lives in Miami and teaches experimental photography at her studio.
Verónica Buitrón is an Ecuadorian textile designer and author that works with natural fibers, natural dyes and traditional Andean craftsmanship techniques. She moved to Miami in 2016 and is currently dedicated to the research and promotion of the use of natural dyes in Ecuador and South Florida. She holds a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born and living in São Paulo, Brazil, Marta works as graphic designer
since 1988 and as an artist since 1995. She received a BA in design in
1983 and MA in communication and semiotics in 2007. As graphic
designer she produced a semiannual newspaper for the Association of
the Brazilian Art Critics for 7 years, as well as books, catalogues and
flyers for artist’s shows and design offices in Sao Paulo and in
As an artist, she has been working with photography, painting,
drawing, installation, and performance. She has works published in 2
books published in Brazil and has participated in many art shows.
Marta has also been working as juror for art contests in São Paulo
state and making part of a jury process for Apexart international art
proposals; in 2010 she was art resident for Apexart/NY.
My name is Yelitza Barrios, but you can call me Yeli.
Filamentos is the result of a lot of hard work but mostly, genuine love and incredible passion.
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. When I was young, my mom taught me how to weave. I always saw it as a hobby, something to do when I had some free time. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I faced some really hard moments in my personal life. I unconsciously turned to weaving as a refuge. It helped me think and organize my ideas; it was only me, the silence and the movement of knitting. I found so much peace in the process. I could spend hours at a time weaving, and in that moment, I felt I could truly connect to my deepest self. I found light in the knots and myself in every weave. I quickly realized how passionate I felt about it and eventually decided to share that feeling with the world. That’s when Filamentos was born.
Sharon Berebichez, born in México City, lives and works in Miami.
She is noted for her highly-inventive techniques and use of materials.
Growing up in Mexico, the artist was surrounded by the most vibrant
histories and traditions, with a devotion to the brilliant colors, fabrics and
textures that define her culture. Using materials such as acrylic and oil
paint, fabric, paper and resin, she creates works that are realistic, colorful
and alive. Playing with the fact that she creates something in order to
destroy it, she breaks her work into little pieces so she can put it back
together making a more complete and profound image. Sharon is a
passionate artist that likes to approach the subjects of the critical
moments we are going through as a society and with all the
environmental challenges we are facing. She incorporates in her work old
pieces of wood or frames to always remind the viewer to be mindful of
Visual textile and docent chilean artist . Born in Viña del Mar and living in Santiago. She
got a degree in Fine Arts at the Pontificia Catholic University in Santiago.
Denise´s work has been exhibited in several art museums, fairs and galleries since she
started her career, like SOFA Chicago, U.S. Iberoamerican Textile Network in Costa Rica
and at WTA (World Textile Art) in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain. Her art pieces
can be find in hotels like Enjoy in Antofagasta , Sheraton San Cristobal and Noi Hotel in
Art Fairs like FILSA in Brasil FAXXI , CHACO in Santiago.and Mapa in Buenos
Aires Argentina. Her pieces can be seen in Hidden-heroes.net from Vitra Design in
Germany. She continues showing her works in lots of collective expositions in
Chile and overseas “País Sonhado” in Memorial de A. Latina, Sao Pablo, Brazil, “
Ultravioleta Chant sur toile” Galerie Mamiabretesche Paris. Her last solo show was
in 2013 at Galería Arte Isabel Aninat in Santiago.
The most relevant recognitions and prizes are
1st prize National Painting ENTEL Contest Santiago, Chile (1990)
Honor Roll 5 th Marco Bonta Painting Contest Santiago, Chile ( 2003)
3rd prize Un Mundo habitable Huidobro Painting Contest Santiago , Chile (2004)
Natalia Schonowski is a fiber/textile artist currently based in the Boston area. She was
born in Bogota, Colombia in 1984. Natalia has lived in numerous places around the world,
some places include Dominican Republic, China, Germany, Ecuador, Colombia, Hong
Kong and Japan. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Mixed Media from Florida
International University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Media Art and Design from
Bauhaus University Weimar and a Masters of Arts in Art Theory from Tongji University
Bénédicte Blanc-Fontenille is a multi disciplinary french artist living and working in Miami, a 1985 graduate of l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts with a background in theater.
She works in a variety of formats including paintings as well as sculptures, installations and photography. Her appreciation for mixed media and experimentation has gotten her to use pigments, fibers, encaustic wax technique, ink, paper, plaster.
Now for more than 30 years she has been working on this fragility, and more precisely, how fragility begets loss or voids which in turn invite movement and a succession of moments which she strives to capture in her art.
Denise Shapiro was born in October 1974 in Monterrey, México. While in Mexico she got her bachelor's in education. In 2010 she moved to Miami, FL, where she currently resides, and got her master's in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language. Although her fervor for knitting began as a mere hobby, it slowly turned into a passion. Now she crochets, sews, embroiders, and weaves, transcending her ideas into a textile work of art.
Lisa Rockford was raised in South Florida, and earned her BFA in Painting and BS in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University, OH in 1999, and in 2001, earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Since returning to South Florida in 2007, Lisa has established herself as an artist, curator, and educator.
She was awarded the Innovative Collaborative FAB Grant for her solo exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood in 2011 and featured in the 2015 survey of Florida artists “100 Degrees in the Shade,” ,” the 2018 “All Florida Biennial,” and the Girls’ Club/Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection tenth anniversary exhibition “Change Agents.” Her work has been shown in over 70 national and international exhibitions, including The Lowe Museum of Art, Miami (FL), The Toledo Museum of Art (OH), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago (IL), CPR-Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, (NY), Modesto Art Museum (CA), Grafisch Centrum HogeDRUKgebied, The Netherlands, Galleria L’ Arte Molinella, Bologna, Italy, the Museum of International Contemporary Art, Florianopolis, Brazil.
Lisa is currently an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts department at Broward College and earned tenure in 2014. She was awarded the Robert Elmore International Exchange Award by the Honors program to travel to China, and the A. Hugh Adams Endowed Teaching Chair in 2018. Lisa has presented research at the International Arts & Humanities conference in Athens Greece... Learn more
Nacida en Buenos Aires, Argentina el 10 de abril de 1965. Abogada. Artista visual,
dedicada al arte textil, en forma individual y como miembro de grupos de artistas,
Mixtura (con Sandra V. Onetti y Marina Btesh) y Tinku Textil Argentina (con Sandra
V. Onetti, Paula Gaetan, Vivian Mayo y Gabriela Ferrandez). Realice diversos
talleres regulares e intensivos en Argentina, US, Brasil y Chile, US, como Basia
Kupperman, Gabriela Horvat, Florencia Walfisch, Andrea Cavagnaro, Paola Moreno,
Francisca Kweitel, Karina Maddonni, Aline Brant, Madame Pagú. Pertenezco al
Stitch Club of textile Artist Org. UK. Curse los Seminarios de Posgrado en Arte Textil
Bordes I y II, en la Universidad Nacional de Artes Visuales
En los últimos años participe en diversas muestras colectivas y actividades
relacionadas con el arte Textil: I y II Bienal Latinoamericana de Joyería, Salones
Textiles del Centro Argentino de Arte Textil, Art al Vent, en Gata de Gorgos
Valencia, España, (con Mixturas); Project Patch, en Francia y en Barcelona,
España; Exposición Internacional de Arte Textil, “O libro de Café” Monte Alegro do
Sul y Río de Janeiro Brasil. Learn more
PATRICIA VERONICA SAPORITI
Sandra Onetti, nació y vive en Buenos Aires, Argentina, en 1962. De profesión abogada
penalista desde hace 30 años, y en ese camino ha trabajado diariamente con el
juzgamiento del delito, la prisión y la responsabilidad del delincuente frente a la sociedad.
En su trabajo como artista textil he descubierto la otra cara de la moneda, la vida de
quien está privado de su libertad, el achicamiento de su universo visual, el aislamiento de
sus afectos, el desmembramiento de su familia, el alejamiento de los amores y el
extrañamiento de los hijos.
Sus trabajos textiles se han enfocado en manifestar ese aspecto de la vida del hombre en
la que nadie quiere verse reflejado ni comprometido, sin saber que por cualquier traspié
podrían estar allí. También incluye entre sus obras temáticas opuestas al aislamiento
carcelario como una forma de proteger su espíritu de combate.
Ellen Pestili is a Brazilian mixed media artist, Italian descendant,
based in Orlando, Florida. She has a Bachelor in Art, with a Major
in Art at Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin. She is Veterinary
too, but since 2005 works full time with Art. She also has been
author and illustrator of children’s books, and has written 15 and
illustrated around 50 books, some of them illustrated with sewing
and embroidery. She has participated in several Environmental
Education projects with her Arts, in Brazil and Japan. In these
projects, she organized art workshops and exhibitions with the
Ellen’s work is basically inspired by her daily life. She loves to
represent flowers from her surroundings, landscapes, food, kitchen
utensils, like her ceramic pots.
Ellen’s artwork has been exhibited in Galleries in Brazil, United
States and Canada, and her illustrations were exhibited in Brazil,
Italy and Slovakia. She loves to spend time with her family,
especially in nature, hiking, cycling, traveling and doing Bible
My love of fibers and fabrics began with the scraps from my grandmother, a
superb seamstress, who was in the first generation of our family to live in Miami.
Sewing, drawing, and painting have all been integrated into my artistic
I studied art and art history at Florida State University, attending the Study
Abroad Program in Florence, Italy, and earning a BFA in Painting; I hold an MS
in Art Education from Florida International University. After concurrently teaching
and creating my own work for the past three decades, I now work independently
in my studio in Palmetto Bay, Florida. I have several sources of motivation for my
First, I seek to create a wider, more diverse audience for art, by making mixed
media pieces, which can be experienced not only by sight, but also through
touch, by the blind and visually impaired. This is very personal for me, as I have
a blind daughter, and through her, I have become aware of the need to make art
more accessible to all who are interested.
My deep feelings about the beauty of our natural surroundings, and the urgent
need to preserve these resources, are another inspiration. Although my current
works are predominately abstract, many reference water, sky, flora and fauna.
Contemporary events and issues are additional influences on my artwork.
The materials are a major factor in how each work evolves. I usually begin with
canvas and paint, and incorporate fibers from discarded rugs, linens and clothes,
to create textural surfaces which can be seen and touched. With a general idea
in mind, I tend to develop a composition intuitively. The hope is that in creating
works that have a theme, but remain open to individual experience and
interpretation, the art audience will become more inclusive.
Born in Panama City, Panama. Batista received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Miami (2009) and her MFA from Parsons the New School of Design (2013).
3. Artist statement // Batista is a mixed media artist who works with language, specifically the multiplicity of meaning according to different contexts. Her three-dimensional work explores personal experiences with dynamics in power structures and nationality, and is interpreted through the use of semiotics.
Fernanda Frangetto is a Brazilian-born mixed-media artist living in Florida. She studied at the University Center of Fine Arts and specialized in sculpture at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (MuBE). Her works have been featured in art institutions across the US and Brazil, such as NARS Foundation (New York); American Cancer Society, Miami-Dade Commissioners Office, Doral Government Center, Doral Contemporary Art Museum, Art Factory Project, Aluna Art Foundation (Florida); United Nations House (Brasília). Frangetto works are included in collections such as the Consulate General of Brazil’s in Miami, Marcos Amaro Foundation (FMA) and the Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture (São Paulo).
I’m an award-winning, abstract artist who has worked in many disciplines during the course of a 35-year career. My focus has been mainly on mixed media painting, printmaking, collage and fiber arts. Creating with fiber is the most satisfying due to the tactility of the medium. “Painting with Fiber” affords endless creative possibilities as does using a myriad of textiles- fabric, yarn, roving, cord and paper. I prefer recycled materials and for embellishment, I choose semi-precious stones and/or hardware such as electrical caps, cable ties and auto washers which are in generous supply at the local store.
Born to a New York family of textile manufacturers, the exposure to fiber throughout my life has significantly impacted the medium I presently choose for my artistic expression. Additionally, extensive world travel has also been an influence, especially the tapestries, textiles, and rugs from the Vatican to those of the Bedouin of Petra, Jordan.
I have shown in more than 175 exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the US and have work in museum, corporate, public and private collections. A former gallery Owner/Director in Florida, where I currently reside when not in New York, I have been an active member of the South Florida art community serving as an exhibitor, lecturer, juror and curator.
The advancement and education of our youth is very important to me. I believe that art, imagined through the lens of play, can move the creative experience from the personal to the community, instilling a sense of well being.
Alexandra De Yavorsky was born in Venezuela. She is head of branding and graphic design at the award-winning Atelier De Yavorsky studio in Miami. She is currently immersed in her color research work "Color is served", she establishes identifying the inner surface of the 'Tapara', a woodly utilitarian fruit that is commonly adorned on the outside, a primordial container that preserves its humble past, has developed a sensitivity to refine it to its minimum expression, revealing its central essence in the color. In this bodywork, she serves a single color in each vessel to elicit an emotional response from the viewer, reviving in us a sense of natural simplicity. Her work has recently appeared in exhibitions in Miami, “Natural Nature” at Hartvest Project (November 2018), "Quite Functional: Dialogues on Design", at the Dot Fifty-one gallery (March 2020), "BoderLine" at ID Art Lab (October 2020), "Base Art 2020" at ID Art Lab (December 2020), “Home Sweet Home” (December 2020).
New York City-born Alyson Vega is a fiber artist who taught herself to sew and quilt at a young age. She received a B.A. in Japanese Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University. After a bleed from a cavernous angioma and subsequent brain surgery ended her 22 year career as a math teacher, Alyson experienced a burst of creativity that brought her artistic ability to the fore. She sews fabric pieces incorporating themes of decay, transience, childhood, and dreams. Alyson employs various techniques in her pieces, including printing, painting, surface embellishment, and sewing. She utilizes all types of fabric, fiber, photographs, and found objects to express the beauty she perceives in a harsh and chaotic world.