Cristina Martinez’s Nordstrom Collab Centers Afro-Latinas

As POPSUGAR editors, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you’ll like too. If you buy a product we have recommended, we may receive affiliate commission, which in turn supports our work.

Visual artist Cristina Martinez‘s first encounter with art came from watching Bob Ross on TV. Though she admired his extraordinary talent — it’s what first sparked her interest in painting — she lamented the fact that it was challenging to find artists who looked like her. Today, with a colorful portfolio of self-portraits and abstract prints, plus a third collaboration with Nordstrom, she’s increasing representation for artists of color on her own. In fact, her work is rooted in making space for Black and brown people.

Born an only child in Tacoma, WA, to a 15-year-old mother, the Afro-Latina artist spent a lot of time alone in her early years. While her mother worked three jobs, Martinez would gather nail polish and napkins and create elaborate paintings, which eventually gave way to more expansive forms of self-expression. True to form, Martinez’s latest collection for Nordstrom is also informed by her surroundings. Styled and photographed by her friends and relatives, the collection is “inspired by community,” she tells POPSUGAR. With cloud-print lounge sets and butterfly-print separates, the designs blend Martinez’s bold artwork with classic Nordstrom silhouettes.

The butterflies strike a sentimental chord. “They come from a story my grandmother told me when I was younger,” she says. “Before my great-grandmother passed away, she had told my grandmother to always think of her whenever she sees a butterfly.” Martinez shared the story with her daughter, who now gets excited whenever she encounters a butterfly.

Whether it’s the butterfly pattern or the abstract face print, each detail about the collection holds meaning for Martinez, which makes it a truly unique launch. Ahead, shop our favorite pieces.

You can view the original article HERE.

Brett Goldstein Says He Didn’t Have Much Time to Bulk Up for Thor 4
SDCC 2022: Cartoons at Comic-Con | Features
Religion Meets Commodification in Rural China
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Speeds Into Theaters in December 2024
Armie Hammer’s alleged victims speak out in documentary
Beyonce and Roland Isley re-work Isley Brothers’ hit – Music News
Arctic Monkeys play ‘Potion Approaching’ for first time since 2010
Bring Me The Horizon stars complete triathlon for Ukrainian LGBTQ+ charity – Music News
A Sinister Halloween Scary Opposites Solar Special: Everything We Know
Motherland: Fort Salem Season 3 Episode 8 Review: Petra’s Favorite Pen
Cobra Kai Season 5 First Look Photos Arrive, Sean Kanan Returns as Mike Barnes
In The Dark Season 4 Episode 9 Review: Center of Gravity
2022 draft. – Sports Gossip
3 Surprise NFL Teams To Watch In 2022
Bengals rename home Paycor Stadium after deal
Why Adelaide Doesn’t Have an NRL Team
Wendy Williams promises a comeback
Bones and All Film Adaptation: Trailer, Cast, Release Date
Frank Gore Dragged Naked Woman Across Hallway By Her Hair, Cops Say
Johnny Depp Agreed To A Seven-Figure Contract To Remain The Face Of Dior’s Sauvage Perfume
Ryan Reynolds Wearing Beaded Bracelets Made by His Kids
Old Navy Jean Midi Skirt Editor Review
Daily News: Jacob Elordi Covers GQ, Another Kanye Controversy, The World Loses An Icon
Best Cargo Pants For Women 2022