Leticia’s web site: Chale Clothing
Leticia. That’s me.
Hardworking office stiff by day, be-dazzler by night. I love being a part of Phx Fridas.
Mostly because the other women in the collective are so talented it’s hard not to be inspired when you hang with ’em. Especially for me since I haven’t really found an art niche and love to put my sticky little fingers on any arts or crafts project. Although I do always end up going back to rhinestoning things or “be-dazzling up” accessories. From the moment I was 2 and glued one of my mom’s rings to a shoe box I have had a constant and comfortable love affair with gluing shining things to inanimate objects. I like walking past one of completed be-jeweled creations and look at how the light catches it from different angles. It always makes me think of fish gills slowly moving in and out and with each breath adding a different hint of color and dimension to the fish.
But back to me! I am a Phx native and have a toddler aged daughter who loves to watch Laurence Welk on friday nights and hit the park on saturdays in her hog (or little red trike, whatever). Our favorite mother daughter past time is to jump up and down to Presidents of the United State of America CDs and growl like dinosaurs.
Art background:Right now I am working on designing some kids tees with a Latino Urban vibe and hope to shop it out to different shops here and across the country. I’ve decided this time to take the logical approach and beyond just creating I am also taking a small business class to make sure I know what I’m getting myself into on the off-chance that I start raking in the dollas. I was a punk singer for about 5 yrs and still miss doing that. Now my music is pretty much done at home for my personal benefit but I hope to get back behind the mic some day. Maybe re-invent myself as a Mariachi singer with punk influences. who knows. Last holiday season I did a art project with my mom and realized how fun and how creative it can be to work with your mom. It was a blast and I think made us even closer. She had hoped to study art but then marriage and kids came and that got pushed to the backburner so this project was real special to the both of us and I was surprised at how much skill my mom still had considering how much time (30 plus years!) she had spent away from the paints.
Personal background: I also run a Phx based online support group for Latina single mothers. We gab, meet up for play dates, and vent. It rocks. Currently I am also planning a volunteer-based trip to Salvador Brazil and am fundraising for that. If you’re interested in finding out more about that send me an e-mail at ChicanaMama@hotmail.com
If someone were to ask me at this very minute (3/11/05 10:35am to be exact) what would I want I would say: A Vespa, a date, and a magic wand that cleans my house and yard so I can spend quality time with my kid and with my crafting table.
When people first meet me: I come off as weird or distant and stumble on words like I just swallowed a Spanish-English grammar lesson and am burping it up in bits and pieces (talk in English with a Spanish sentence structure and vice versa). But once I’m comfortable around you I end up talking a lot and am the type of person who will bring up random conversation items to try and see what kind of person you are.
So that’s me in a coffee-infused nutshell.
Phoenix Fridas: Rising from the flames for the sake of art and craft.