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Monstrochika: Now Leading Tejer & Poder

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Naomi Martinez, aka Monstrochika is ElevArte’s newest teaching artist, this fall she begins leading the popular Tejer y Poder program that starts on October 1st. The teen apprenticeship focuses on traditional and contemporary forms of fiber-arts as participants explore cultural identity, labor and social issues.  Apprentices receive an award of up to $100.

Get the full scoop on what does Naomi has to say about Tejer y Poder and her love of fiber arts?

How do you hope to impact youth through the Tejer y Poder program?
I have taught many workshops ranging from youth to older adults. Fiber arts have no age limit! This will be my first time having a group of youth that I will see on a regular basis.  

I'm excited to take on the program and connect with my teens while we experiment in the art of do-it-yourself (D.I.Y.) and handcraft. In any creative arts--it’s the process and what you learn along the way that can make the most impact. I hope they will learn more about themselves and how unique everyone is in creating.

What skills do you want students to walk away with after the program ends?
Mostly, I hope they will feel they were a part of something bigger than themselves as well as trust themselves, and their ability to create a unique and beautiful work of art.

How has knitting, crocheting, and fiber arts impacted you as a teaching artist?
Crocheting has taught me patience and fiber arts are an art form that has really taught me to clear my mind and focus on the task at hand. For example, when I am making my dolls I am really concentrating, planning and imagining all the possibilities for this little creation!  

What is your first memory of knitting and crocheting?
My first memory of crocheting goes back to when my grandfather was still alive and the area that my father is from in Mexico was a different place and energy.  I could not even [believe] my luck at being able to create new memories these last few years through collectives such as El Stitch y Bitch and now as teaching artist at ElevArte is just phenomenal and I cannot wait.

Why is knitting and crocheting such a powerful medium?
I believe for that very reason. It brings people together of many generations. It is such a beautiful and ancient art form that pulls you to be part of it whether it is once again or for the first time. Then somewhere along the way you pull someone else on and so on. I hope to take what I have learned along the way and learn even more with my teens of what is possible with this medium.

Need more information on this program? See details below or call 312-226-7767

ASM: Tejer y Poder
Program starts October 1st, 2013 - Currently open for registration Must be a high school student to apply. Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 -3:00 pm


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