I’ve practiced the entwined arts of sacred adornment and the handmade my whole life. I was born and raised in East Oakland, occupied Chochenyo Ohlone land, and come from a radical and creative family of dancers, machinists, artists, and activists. I’ve learned the most powerful and beautiful truths in my life by listening to the voice of the Earth, the voices of Indigenous Peoples present and past, and my own inner voice.
Through a decolonial lens, my work with natural dyes, and my relationship with the living Earth, I’ve come to understand that for every toxic, abusive reality happening on this Earth, there is another way that is far more compassionate, elegant, balanced and beholden within the cycle of life. I’ve learned that our bodies are an extension of the Earth and the Earth an extension of our bodies, and my choices in life now flow from that knowing.
I spent ten years co-creating The Moon, an Oakland based feminine clothing line made by local hands with natural fibers and natural dyes. I’m now teaching natural dye workshops to adults and children, making a select few naturally dyed items each month, and small batch plant infused body oils with Redwood and Cedar. I have entered a time in my life where I am semi-nomadic. I’m currently living in the Sierras, on Mountain Maidu land. Working with plants has changed my life.