What do you make? Do you have any designs that are new this year?
I make mainly dolls and collages, paper and textile. This year I will be making new textile collage designs and want to experiment with them, and of course more dolls!
Where does the name Cara Carmina come from?
It comes from my passion for languages. One of my favorite languages is Italian, which I speak fluently. The word "Cara" means "dear" in Italian... it is a very loving word... and "Carmina" and my logo (a lady bug), are related... "carmin" in Spanish and Italian refers to the color red so, it is just a game of words that refers to a dear red thing... the lady bug, that, to me, has always meant good luck... I love the way it sounds all together.
Many of your creations feature images of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. What is your connection to Frida?
I`m Mexican, so Frida Kahlo is part of my culture. I`m also a painter and an art lover so in my inspiration list, Frida is one of my favorites along with other surrealists of the same time like Remedios Varo, look at her paintings, she has lots of magical creatures! Frida is all about my roots, the colors, the flowers, the suffering, her passion for Diego and for life, her love for her animals... it is all in my blood. For me, Frida is the representation of my country and my memories.
Do you use any eco fabrics or recycled, remaindered materials in your work?
I try to use as many recycled fabrics as I can. Lots of my friends give me old clothes to use in my dolls and I never discard any piece of fabric. I have a box full of all my left overs and I use them in my small textile collages. I love to recycle.
What does an average day of creating look like for you?
I try to wake up early. I'm not always successful at it, I`m more of a night creature. I start making my comic, I started drawing again this year and I make one comic daily, and I post it on the web. Then I check all my internet sites and answer messages. I have a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy shop, and Flickr. If I have orders to make, I begin making them early. I take photos of my process while I work and also of my finished work. I try to do that as soon as I finish every piece so I can send the photos to my clients, (I do a lot of custom work), and also keep them for myself. Depending on what I`m working on, I could be sewing all day sometimes! If I don`t have orders, I try to get inspired and make new things. I also try to have some time for myself and to give love to my husband and my 4 cats! It`s not easy to keep it balanced but I try my best!
Who is one of your favorite Montreal designers?
Oh that`s not an easy question to answer! Montreal is full of amazing artists and designers! If I had to choose one I would choose the scarves of INFUSE created by Julie André. They are so delicate and beautifully done. I also like her collaboration work for Pollen Parcelline, each piece is lovely! I adore Julie's work!
What is your favorite spot in the city?
Mild End and the riverside. I live half a block from the river... I love it!
What are some of your goals for 2012?
I want to make my own website and keep growing. I have a couple of surprises happening in the summer but they are a secret!