Little York Fiber Festival in NY!

It was great to visit the Little York Fiber Festival at the Cortland Repertory Theatre today. There were a variety of artisan, fiber farm, and mill entrepreneur vendors with a diversity of fibers from sheep, alpacas, llamas, and angora rabbits. Special thanks to Linda Schwab for introducing me to Margaret Flowers, fiber artisan and fiber farmer at Trinity Farm with…

Positivity in ‘Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals’

August marks the second year that President Obama’s executive memorandum DACA, Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals, has helped immigrant youth reach greater social and economic potential in the United States. In 2012, DACA allowed immigrant youth who lived most of their lives in the U.S. to obtain a 2-year work authorization without fear of being removed from…

Injustice for Potential Refugees reaching the Mexican-American Border

My heart goes out to the thousands of minors and families coming to the U.S. from Central America in search of safer livelihoods. My parents escaped the turmoil and violence of El Salvador during the horrific Civil War in the 1980s. Today, they comment that the violence in El Salvador with the influx of MS-13 gang members deported…

Call for support: Jullien Gordon to Speak at alma mater Los Angeles High School

We would like your support to bring an inspiring educational and leadership speaker, Jullien Gordon to our alma mater, Downtown Magnets High School, May 2015. He is a renown speaker that engages with students and budding entrepreneurs nationwide during speaking tours and TedTalks. In 2007, Jullien received two Masters degrees from Stanford University—his MBA and Masters in…

Sustainable Fashion Elevator Pitch

This is a short video about a project I have been working on as Professor Tasha Lewis’ Graduate Research Assistant at Cornell University. Extended video with more details coming soon!

Hyper-sexualization of Adriana Lima

I recently “liked” Adriana Lima’s page in hopes of learning more about her everyday activities in the fashion world and as a fellow Latina. Today I clicked on her page and was surprised to see her timeline cover page that mimics a Dolce & Gabbana “gang rape” ad that was banned  in 2007. The D&G ad…

Fashion Academia

In the midst of finishing my Master’s thesis and keeping up with coursework, I have been looking at Academic positions currently available in the field of Apparel/ Fashion/ Textiles. This is a snapshot of the positions currently available and posted in the International Textile and Apparel Association website: Compared to other fields, this is a long…

Amazing Fibershed Symposium 2013!

I went to the Fibershed Annual Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium in Point Reyes Station, CA last weekend Sat Nov 16. I was very excited to see a wide range of people from different professions including University professors to fiber farmers and artisans.  Presentations can be seen here. If you are interested in agricultural sustainability, or care…

Women’s Capabilities in “I Love Lucy”

Although “I Love Lucy” was about 40 years old when I began to watch it, I still love it and treasure each moment that I am able to watch a re-run in Los Angeles. My home is just a few blocks away from studios that housed “I Love Lucy” as part of Desilu Productions. Living…

Past, Present, and Future: Salvadorean Textiles and Clothing

The claim that there are no indigenous people in El Salvador led to wonder about what makes someone “indigenous.” Census information conveys that Lenca and Nahua (Pipil) indigenous people make up about 10% of the population in El Salvador. It is assumed that the indigenous population is much larger, but underreported based on the narrow…

Reflective Construction @ Cornell

Every Tuesday and Thursday I walk by the construction zone of the soon to be Bill and Melinda Gates Hall that will house Computing and Information Science in January 2014. Every time I walk by, I notice the reflection it gives of its surroundings. In the photo, it is reflecting the image of clouds, but…

Education Reform and John Legend

Yesterday, John Legend came to Cornell and discussed how education inequality is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. The inequality stems from early education programs, including pre-school and elementary. At a young age students are divided into class structures based on preconceived intelligence that is oftentimes determined by the community the child is…