Hi! I'm Raquel
I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer. My passion is creating playful and textured art that incorporates nostalgic color palettes. I believe in creating honest and wonky art where the artist's hand is always visible, and I am particularly passionate about showcasing underrepresented individuals in my work.
Growing up queer, Hispanic, and a first-generation American gave me a unique perspective I cherish. The joy I feel when people see themselves in my art is immeasurable.
I am proud to have been featured in Jen Hewett's book, "This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection." Additionally, I have been honored with invitations to teach surface pattern design at the Surface Design Association and QuiltCon, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild.
I live in the Village of Malverne on Long Island, New York. I am a member of the Malverne Chamber of Commerce and of Grace Lutheran Church and School, where I help create an inclusive place of worship.
Surface Pattern Design
My shop, Maquina 37, is named after my 1937 Singer sewing machine. My mom calls my sewing machine "la máquina," which literally translates to "the machine." It's a reminder of my family's immigration story, which is my constant inspiration.
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Malverne Chamber of Commerce - Member Spotlight
Hewett, Jen. "This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection," Roost Books, 2021.
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