Hi! I'm Raquel
A queer illustrator living in Queens, New York.
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.
Growing up queer, Hispanic, and a first-generation American gave me a unique perspective, which I cherish. It fills me with joy to illustrate characters, words, and images that help create a kinder, more inclusive world.
We each have a story that is worthy of being told. As an illustrator, I tell stories through old and new mediums, such as sewing, painting, collage, and digital drawing.
My favorite projects, help educate, fundraise, or donate tangible items to others.
Hewett, Jen. "This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection," Roost Books, 2021.