Snapdragon aspires to acknowledge and honor diverse cultural traditions. I hope to share the profound artistic contributions and inspirations that have influenced my fiber art. However, I realize that adapting artistic techniques and imagery from other cultures can be fraught—especially when artists within those communities are often underfunded, underappreciated, and underrepresented.
In order to support BIPOC artisans both in the U.S. and abroad, Snapdragon divides its donation of 5% of yearly sales* between the following two organizations:
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (Nalac.org) Delivering programs, grants, and advocacy to the Latino arts and cultural sector. Addressing underfunding of artists of color. $150 donated as of 2022.
Hope for Haiti (HopeforHaiti.com) Working to reduce poverty in Haiti through grants, microloans, education, and advocacy. Provides an Artisan Fund for Haitian artists. $150 donated as of 2022.
Snapdragon also contributes to Colorado organizations including Museo de las Americas, Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, and BuCu West.
I started Snapdragon with the goal of creating mythological, archetypal, and emotionally resonant works of art. Growing up, I gravitated to fiber art, beadwork, and embroidery: an affinity passed down from my great grandmother. Over the years, my passion for folk art and multicultural traditions inspired me to incorporate a wide range of cultural influences—Mexican, Haitian, and Native American, among others. I am deeply inspired by the legacy of powerful female artists, such as Frida Kahlo, and culturally specific traditions such as Mexico’s Day of the Dead and Haiti’s Vodou flags and sequin work.
I hope my artwork connects and communicates across cultural divides.
*Yearly sales include sales of all folk-art-inspired creations, but does not include knitting or writing income.