Gaiainauta by Summer Romero
Summer Romero is a Mexican-American fashion and textile designer and artist based in Mexico City. After graduating from The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), she founded project TELAR in 2009 working with various indigenous communities using natural, organic and recycled materials, reassessing and exploring Mexican textile traditional art evolving it through contemporary applications. Everything is manufactured under the process she named Programming Aczión. Under this process she has presented 10 collections of the Gaianuata story, 7 hand embroidered hat collections, and a series of exclusive designs for her clients.
Summer has exhibited in various galleries in Mexico, United States, Milan, Paris, and Madrid creating unique shows and sensorial catwalks. She recognizes the connection between all and collaborates with other artists and indigenous artisans from diverse artistic practices to enrich each other and manifest the collective consciousness through co-creation.
We’re thrilled for Summer to be producing & presenting a special fashion show + stage performance at this month’s CumbiaSazo.
Michelle West is an Illustrator, painter and Designer who’s focus of work is based upon the female form, psychology, and graffiti. Michelle has been featured in other art shows at the Silver Room, and at Sir and Madame in Chicago.
Tarot by Laura
Laura is a natural psychic and tarotologyst and also enjoys consulting Spanish cards and various oracles. Born in Mexico City, she is very familiar with Mexican folk magick and pagan practices of her native land. A “Bruja” in tune with the cycles of nature and the magick within, she is always willing to help those in need.
Efren Arcoiris is an artist living and working in Chicago. Efren creates colorful, symbolic installations, sculptures, and performances with a variety of materials and found objects- many sourced from his immediate surroundings. Arcoiris has also worked with a variety of organizations that work to empower youth and build community through visual arts. Currently, Efren is working as part of a collaboration with artist Rose Hernandez called Burning Orchid, which acts as a production team collaborating with performance artists, dancers, and makers around Chicago.
Diez Y Ocho was inspired by the infamous 18th street of the Pilsen Community in Chicago. A community where many generations of families have planted their seeds. 18th street, also known as, “la diez y ocho”, is the street that runs through the heart of it all. Although, Pilsen is now an up and coming community, it was once a community of many immigrant and low income families. Nevertheless, this community has always taken pride in our Mexican culture and showed it through murals and art all throughout our streets. “Diez Y Ocho” is now expressing that art in a different way, through custom handmade purses and bags. Each one is uniquely made and influenced by the inspirations of our Mexican culture, such as Frida Kahlo, Maria Sabina and even favorite childhood memories. “La Catarina”, is translated as, “The Ladybug”.
Ivan Vazquez Art
Ivan Vazquez is a Chicago based artist whose style draws from varied influences in realism surrealism, abstract expressionism, Pop art, and portrait art. Active since 1992, his work speaks of humanistic, political, domestic, cultural and social issues from an urban vantage point forged throughout his upbringing in Chicago. Humanistic and wide-reaching, his insightful work questions systematic oppression and the social structure of modern life and and it’s effects on current and future society. Reflecting the Chicago music scene and street life that first inspired him, Ivan’s budding collection “Stakes is High” is populated with powerful works that reflect a dissatisfaction with the status quo and a desire to incite fervor for social change.
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Eating is for Winners
Gabriela Parra is a Chicago based Chef but her roots are from her hometown Puebla, Mexico. She has had some formal training but her strongest foundation and influence has come from her seven aunts and her Mother. Gabriela specializes in what she calls Mexican comfort food, essentially the food she grew up eating with her family, but recreates it using the Farm to Table ideology.
While her main focus is Mexican food, she is also influenced by many cultures, such as American Northwest, Szechuan, Southeast Asian and Contemporary American. Gabriela is currently working as a Personal Chef & Sous Chef at Hearty Boy Catering. She is also the owner and founder of Eating is for Winners, an event and catering business that has an underground following in Chicago’s Music and Arts communities.
#HIMOM is a jewelry line with an homage to the artists mother who has always been supportive of her and her passion for the arts. Celica Beltran is a Chicago based artist who has been teaching jewelry design to the city’s youth for the last four years. She recently started her #HIMOM jewelry line to inspire her students to pursue their dreams. The one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces allows the designer to keep ideas fresh to compliment a persons unique style.
Native born and raised in Chicago, Erick Macias is a freelance caricature artist & illustrator. As a caricature artist he’s garnered over three years of experience working with Six Flags-Great America, Navy Pier, and the Shedd Aquarium as well as independently with events such weddings, birthday parties, and corporate functions.
In his spare time he dabbles in illustration and design and has been commissioned by independent clients for work ranging from storyboards and digital coloring to logo design and caricaturing. Erick believes in the city adage of working hard to achieve your goals.
Eco Boutique by Alejandra
Alejandra Araseb was born in Iguala, Guerrero and has lived in Chicago for over two decades. Her family has worked for two generations making cut crystal, silver and gold-handcrafted jewelry. Once in Chicago she decided to follow her family creative tradition and began to explore fashion design and home decorating. But it wasn’t until recently — as a transgender woman — that she decided to start her own business. In pursuit of her family artistic tradition, she began making floral arrangements, curiosities made out of plants and terrariums.
The idea of working and creating art out of living organisms that Mother Earth gives us has always been one of Alejandra’s greatest passions. She has been doing floral arrangements for the last 15 years and last year she started to create small works of art out of plants, called terrariums. These small ecosystems inside crystal containers, help her to promote an ecological culture and philosophy. Each terrarium that Alejandra creates is a unique artistic creation produced with the offspring that mother Earth gives us. Visit Alejandra’s Facebook page.
Twenty Thou is the project of Nicold Ologundudu. She’s an accessory designer based in Chicago who loves working with her hands and strives to look for unique, funky, cool beads and findings that can make her work stand out. Twenty Thou is her own personal student loan bailout, the story behind the name is that her goal is to sell twenty thousand pieces to pay off her student loans.
GlitterGuts is the bastard child of portraiture, installation art, and event photography. Our aim is to capture the world we live in at its best, the culture, the subcultures, and the counterculture. Find us where people are enjoying themselves.
Betty Heredia is a Chicago artist whose work ranges in a variety of mediums, from comics to murals. Her most recent exhibitions include Voices & Visions, a group exhibition at the Highland Park Art Center, and a mural installation at Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago and is also currently working on a series of comics entitled Life Before Death, as well as AutoSpasms. Most recently, her comics have been published in New City and Linework Comics Anthology IV.
No Manches is a socially conscious clothing company from the south side of Chicago that provides original designs to give the Latino community a way to express themselves in a culturally relevant and meaningful way. Clothing built to bridge the gap between generations and to educate others on Latino Culture.
Sylwia was born on a tiny farm in a tiny village in Poland and moved to Chicago when she was 5 years old. Her work explores the complex narratives of individuals struggling with the American Dream. She intertwines fairy tales, nature, comic books, hip hop, and colorful street art on post industrial spaces to make sense of displacement, consumerism, poverty, and community.