Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolina Arrieta.
Carolina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Ever since I could remember I would entertain myself by drawing illustrations that came out of my imagination. As a child I was in love with fashion, bold colors and handmade details. I grew up in Lima, Peru, a country known for its rich culture and colorful handmade craftsmanship. I was always inspired and around the fashion industry, as my mother was, and still is a successful baby clothing designer.
I used to ask my parents to buy me bond paper and black pens and I was a happy girl. I would draw for hours and began to create story books with my pictures. I remember how my dad would sit down with me and help put words to my pictures even before I could read or write. I always knew I was going to be an artist.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I mainly work with acrylics, gouache, silk screen printing and water colors. I am passionate about celebrating women and diversity through my work, weaving stories through shapes, patterns, texture and colors. Always inspired by fashion, culture, sexuality and everyday life. My art intends to represent strong confident women living in vibrant worlds which are often a fusion between real life and my imagination.
Growing up in Peru, traveling to many different countries, going to school in California, working as a fashion and illustration designer, has all profoundly influenced the way I see the world and as a result, shaped the art I create.
My process is one of passion. All artwork begins by exploring a theme and playing with color, pattern, texture and scale. Paintings and patterns are created by screen printing with echo friendly water-based pigments or by using gouache and acrylic paints that are then digitized, reconstructed and reworked to be applied to artwork, clothing, accessories, housewares and timeless statement pieces. All pieces are designed with love, inspired by living bold and colorfully with the print as the focus.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I always loved the idea of merging fashion and art together. Printmaking, painting, layering, and drawing are all techniques that I usually start off with by hand. I have always been interested in the art of detailed labor. In my humble opinion, we’re each successful as long as we don’t stop. I think that being dedicated, persistent and true to who you are and what we are passionate about shows true and is essential to succeed.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I usually participate in art shows and galleries to promote my art. I also have a website and online store where you can see more of my work, artebycaro.com or @ArteByCaro on Instagram to see my current projects and work in progress.
- Website: www.artebycaro.com
- Phone: 8582609136
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artebycaro/
“Free The Nipple”
“Pattern and print designer”
“Playing with pigments and silkscreens”