who am i? quien soy?

mascaraborn in Paris, France 1976

colectionista de curiosidades

US tel: (1) 949 332 9123

mariachenut@yahoo.com

Being the daughter of an architect and a historian has no doubt influenced my interest in space and memory.  I studied at New York University and in Italy where I became fascinated by the abstract compositions left on old walls and the microcosm of nature. I learned how to sew by taking things apart and upcycling, using fragments and improvising. In my studio I collect and gathers a wide pallet of sensitive materials that dialogue using diverse yet interwoven mediums such as collage, photography, soft sculpture, costumes, ikebana floral arrangements, or dance improvisation and clown performance.

I spent many years living in Europe where I worked as a visual artist and costumer. My work can be seen in private art collections, in the hands of puppeteers, on park benches in Brussels, or as costumes for the recent Marin Shakespeare Company’s critically acclaimed staging of Don Quixote.

I love the work process: from the collective brainstorming and research, to the gathering and use of unusual materials in surprising ways, the 3D thinking, all leading to a very hands-on approach to costuming. My style is a unique fusion of studied aesthetics, going beyond one style or time-period.

I help others get creative by teaching sewing to children and adults at The Sewing Room in Alameda, as well as teaching and engaging in creative play with the Upcycle Alameda collective.

I now live in Alameda, California.

 the workshop / el taller 

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