Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up?
I come from Pilsen, Chicago, a place I’ll always call home. This is the place my parents, grandparents and maternal great grandparents also called home. My maternal grandparents left Monterrey, Nuevo Leon to pursue a better life. My great grandfather, Abuelito Crispin, a shoemaker, first arrived in California where he worked for Santa Fe. My paternal grandfather was born in San Luis Potosi and grandmother in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango. Generations of my family flooded to the streets of Chicago to create new memories, and those memories will always be a piece of who I am. Although Pilsen has changed a lot throughout time, those streets will always hold the many memories of my family and where I came from.
How do you stay connected to these memories?
Memory boxes have always been a big part of my life. I was that little girl holding on to all the pictures and ticket stubs of places my family and friends would take me. Collecting those are still actually a part of me. Every now and then whenever I feel like revisiting the past, I go through my boxes full of treasures I’ve collected throughout the years. They’re all stashed away for a rainy day. Looking at those memories are definitely an inspiration. The music, the places and people I’ve met are all things that bring out a lot of inspiration in my work.
How have these experiences shaped who you are today?
I am proud and blessed to be raised in a Mexican household where a lot of the traditions my grandparents were taught, were also carried and shared with my siblings and myself. My culture is definitely something that influences my work.
One day I want to do more than just have a business but have something I can offer those who still remain and share similar journeys, hoping I can inspire others to do the same. No matter where new doors open for me, I hope the life experiences and memories I’ve dealt with can only ensure a positive role in whatever I do and wherever I go.
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