Hand painted wooden earrings by Jolín Miranda (@boricubi)
Vibrant, passionate and full of culture is how I would describe Jolín's beautiful work. With over 1200 sales on Etsy, Jolín is a total Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban sensation. This Cali girl is taking Atlanta by a storm and I cannot wait for you to learn what inspires her everyday and the many different ways you can support her.
For Latin@s in the U.S., identity is complex and varied. Tell us about your Latinx/a/ and/or Hispanic heritage.
I am of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban heritage. We are a combination of African, Taino, and Spanish ancestry.
What inspires you each day?
My daughter inspires me everyday. She is so pure and full of light. She inspires me to work hard and be the best role model for her as possible.
How would you describe your work?
I enjoy creating artwork and designs that puts a spotlight on Women of Color. You will see my art on stickers, wallets and earrings that showcase natural beauty and culture. I enjoy highlighting women that you may not always find on the forefront of mainstream media.
What experiences have influenced your art?
As a child growing up in Southern California, I did not see images around me that brought representation to Afro-Latinx culture. At that time, it wasn't "cool" to have kinky curly hair or to have non-European features alongside speaking Spanish. People were confused when they saw my family and I interact in public. I could only imagine what their thoughts were. We definitely experienced lots of stares. So as an artist, I wanted to create artwork that showcases the African Diaspora in Latin America and Caribbean. I also wanted to create artwork that embraces various features of beauty that makes an individual stand out whether it be freckles, dark skin, textured hair etc.
How has your culture influenced you and your art?
I love my culture! I've always been influenced by the island lifestyle that my relatives would tell me stories about. I often include various aspects of my culture in my art.
What would you say to young girls that dream of being an artist or creative like yourself?
I would say that it's great to be different. Being creative is a gift. Without that special gift, the world would be bland and boring. Your art is a journey and a reflection of yourself. It will always transform and evolve. Not everyone will like your creations but there will be a ton more that it will speak to. Never compare yourself to others and keep on creating.
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