Tell us about your brand.
I created My Little Piñatas years ago to fulfill a simple purpose of having a little piñata to hang on the rear view mirror of my car and then it turned into something much bigger. After searching many places and traveling to Los Angeles and Mexico City, I couldn't find exactly what my mind envisioned so I created it. After much trial and error, I finally perfected the creation method to mass produce my little piñatas and defined a greater purpose.
As a Chicano, my culture and family childhood memories had a huge impact on my creative development. Piñatas were a staple at my family birthday parties. Those parties brought my family together to celebrate life milestones and it was fun! The colorful designs of the piñatas always captivated my imagination and I always wanted to be the one to break it open.
The piñata has served my community in many ways which has brought people together to celebrate our life and culture. It has become an icon within Latinx culture and I love it. My Little Piñatas celebrates art and culture through it's colorful and unique piñata designs. It offers anyone the opportunity to celebrate Latinx culture by preserving these creative colorful pieces of art and sharing them with others. It is a visual statement that is rooted in art, community, culture and history.
My little piñatas are made to last a long time and not to be destroyed. That design concept has defined how I want people to preserve their art and culture and share it with the world. That is, to see things in a new fresh way and to flip past ideas and judgments to connect with others and celebrate what makes us beautiful and amazing.
When did you know that this was the right path for you?
I remember one of the first art-making activities I did in kindergarten. I was given a cardboard tray and allowed to dip marbles in paint to roll around to create an abstract art piece. It was one of my earliest childhood memories that reminds me of how curious and excited I was to be able to create such a piece. That experience was the visual foundation for my creative development as a visual artist.
I clearly remember in Mrs. Leapers third grade class coming to a decision to be an artist when I grew up. I told my classmates and family and have never strayed away from that path. Visual art, visual storytelling is what I love to experience and create. It gives me the satisfaction for creative freedom to express my thoughts, opinions, and emotions that no other thing has come close.
I love making, sharing and teaching art. It is my life's passion and mission as a creative spiritual being and I am grateful for all my visual influences that have supported my path along the way.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love that I can create art that fulfills my passion and inspires and entertains others. I love working with my tools and materials to create colorful little pieces of art that find value in other people's lives.
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?
Self doubt has been my biggest challenge in my career. The negative thoughts and fear that follow has kept me stuck and allowed the process to be hard and frustrating. Through my mindfulness practices I have been able to overcome this issue. Mediation and having a growth mindset are the two biggest contributors to this successful transformation. One phase that has had a huge impact on my life in the last year is, "Live the flow, not the fear." Allowing the flow of life to happen without judgement or thought to be present in the moment, has yielded me amazing results. It's not about not having fear but not allowing fear be the driving force.
If your phone could ring right now with your dream opportunity, what would that be?
I would love to go on a little piñata art-making tour across the country. I've been featured throughout California and New Mexico and would love to have a creative studio vehicle to drive around the country to visit several states to host a pop-up gallery and teach art making activities. The experience I have with the two states I've been featured at proves to me that many more would benefit from this experience.
What do you want people to remember most about you and your career?
I want people to remember that I am grateful for their existence. I believe in order for me to exist, you must exist. We are all connected and visual art is one beautiful amazing way we can all connect and share something about how we thrive in this world.
Fresno's Spicy Snack Food Festival Returns!
I'll be at this great event! I attended last year and had fun! Join me as I introduce some new products. All my IG followers get a special discount. FRESYES!!
I'm happy to hear that folks I worked with on the Southern Exposure exhibition are going to be creating an altar to honor undocumented people at this year's Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Oakland, CA. My little piñata border wall will be included. Here is a short Emmy awarded video that featured that exhibition and the border wall. Hope to see you out there for this great annual event!
I will be a guest artist leading a workshop for several students grades 2-4 in Oakland on November 16, 12-2:30 pm. I look forward to sharing more about this day.
Fall Family Day:
Saturday, October 28
12:30pm to 3:00pm
The annual celebration welcoming family, honoring Dia del los Muertos through artmaking activities, and sharing a Community Altar takes place on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
The Richmond Art Center once again offers its popular Fall event, Fall Family Day, welcoming the community to this all-ages, free event to make art and celebrate family with a special Community Altar. The event will take place at the Richmond Art Center, located in Civic Center Plaza, 2540 Barrett Avenue, in Richmond from 12:30 to 3:00pm on Saturday, October 28. The Exhibition galleries will also be open to visitors, to experience the current Fall collections, which include Joan Brown: In Living Color; Earth, Wind, and Fire; and Pogo Park.
I attended this event to seek Latinx techies for a past job I was working and ended up pitching a business idea that got picked up. The whole experience was AMAZING and I am still tripping on everything that happened.
Short story, we won 3rd place and I met some great creative people. I will update this post with more pictures and details
I was delighted to have been invited to custom make 3 little piñatas for the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco, CA. I create a unicorn, burro, and rainbow based on their pink them color selection. I had a blast being one of the first groups to visit the museum and loved the sprinkle pool. I mean, who doesn't love a pool of sprinkles?
I will be one of the featured vendors at their Small Business Saturday event being held on Nov 25th 2017, 2-6:30 pm at the MOIC SF. More details to come about that event, stay tuned!
My Little Piñata Border Wall was featured in this exhibition in association with Sita Bhaumik's We are Against the Wall Exhibition at Southern Exposure.
The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!) at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
I'm excited to be included in a new piñata exhibition at the National Hispanic Community Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico that opens in June! Visit this link to learn more.
Photo credit: Daniel Ward
Join us behind the Pirate Store for Spring Things, our second Goods & Good craft fair celebrating the talented community of volunteers supporting 826 Valencia's free writing programs behind the scenes. Our vendors support us in myriad ways: installation art for our window displays, illustrations for student publications, t-shirt and poster design, and more! Artists who will be selling this month include: