I work as a fashion consultant in Mexico, and have taught at various universities over the past 11 years.
Although I have a lot of work, I find time to work on my drawings. I love creative work. If I could, I would
like to make drawing my only job, and I’m working on it. I was raised by my grandparents. My grandpa
taught me to read early, maybe because of this I had access to fashion magazines that allowed me to
travel around the world in my imagination. I was a very quiet child, attached to two old people and with a
head full of crazy ideas. My grandpa drew me pictures of mermaids; I don’t know why. We were very poor
but I always had colored pencils and notebooks, or old books to draw over.
I can´t remember when I began to draw. Maybe always I did it.
My grandfather was a plumber and my grandmother raised birds to make money. My childhood home was always full of birdsong, flowers, and an accumulation of recycled objects. There was a utilitarian-poetic sensibility, with light bulbs used as plant pots, old doll heads
used as vases, and toys as decorative objects. Like a work by Liliana Porter.
Today, my house is very similar to those memories. I love to collect objects, make families, and I’m crazy about toys. My dream is to make a line of toys of Mussy, my character. I her created in January of 2013, thinking about a shy cat-teen who loves fashion. Mussy almost immediately began wearing Comme des Garçons. Thanks to her I’ve had some projects with designers and brands. Mussy took me by the hand.
I have degree in art history. I believe small changes can transform the world.I believe in design as a trigger for happiness in the lives of people.Currently I’m working as a freelance illustrator and my clients, curiously, they are not Mexican. I work for brand projects in China and Russia.
I collaborate with my boyfriend, drawing the faces for cloth dolls.
Your favorite toy designer? Classic and modern
I think that all artwork of Yoshitomo Nara should have a toy version! I love it.
I love Mr Mitote and his creatures too. His name means party, and he’s a Mexican toy designer.
My grandmother transformed my old clothes into new garments
and with the remnants made toys. Perhaps she also has this passion.
Besides Rei Kawakubo, who takes the spotlight as a favorite designer (s)
Definitely Miuccia Prada. She has built an emporium; a luxury universe mixed
with melancholy feeling and futuristic vision, like a metropolis, like a Disneyland for adults.
A magical place in Mexico
My country really is a bouquet of magic moments. Mexico is magic in quotidian life. Particularly artisan work is a ticket to a surreal parallel universe. I love the death festivities. Día de Muertos in Michoacán is extraordinary. On that night everybody sleeps in the cemetery to be with their own dead.
They believe that at midnight their dead return to life and enjoy the worldly pleasures that made them happy. It’s why people cover their altars with food, cigarettes, and alcohol. Everybody sings, eats, and drinks in the cemetery… only a few cry. Is there anything more magical than that?
Favorite meal and where
Grandfather’s food, at home.
How did you create your illustration character and who came up with her name?
Mussy is a cat-girl, fourteen years old, although she was born when I posted her on Instagram on January 22 2013, at 3.59pm. She is fascinated with fashion because she believes in the power of to express and to disguise. In the beginning creating her was a game but today she is the center of my life.
She has lead me to projects and places I could never have imagined, such as the“Comme des Garçons Lovers” party organized by Club 21 in Thailand last year whereI met Adrian Joffe
(Kawakubo’s husband). Today, because of her, I’m a freelance fashion illustrator.
Mussy got her name because my dog’s name is Missy, so it was fun for me to give them similar names.
Favorite fashion illustrations of all time
Pfff! So difficult. I love contemporary artists as well as the classics, but I stick
with Richard Haines and his wonderful artworks.
Sleepwalker girls, magician’s assistants, psychics mediums, and ghost girls! Mydefinitive muse is Catherine Earnshaw (a character from Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights) who returns from the dead as a ghost to take her beloved Heathcliff with her. That image remains in me. And of course I love Kate Bush.
Your favorite Comme des Garçons collection
Fall/Winter 2006: clothes emerging from one
another, jackets with slashes, the male and female spirit fused in one garment.
A beautiful memory
I was raised by my grandparents. On a birthday when we had no money, they made
a costume made out of balloons for me; this was my present and my birthday party.
They made my childhood very happy.
What’s a perfect night with friends
Just a simple plan. Food and wine, interesting talk
and laughter, preferably in a garden or beautiful restaurant.
The most fashionable place
Paris, of course.
When and where are free and happy
As Michael Corris’s artwork puts it: “I am the philosopher king of this place.”
I’m free and happy on a sheet of paper. I’m free and happy when I draw.