Monica Durazo, an Arizona native was born in a small town and raised helping in their family grocery store. Surrounded by a family of women who sewed, knitted, crocheted and embroidered, she has never known a day without some form of needle or scissors in her hands.
As a young adult, Monica continued to work extensively with fabric and fiber in the forms of knitting, embroidery, sewing and smocking. After attending the Siever’s School of Fiber Art on Washington Island, she put aside her knitting needles and began a journey into hand dying and felting with Merino wools and raw silk that would mark the start of her successful business as a fiber artist.
Travel animates and creatively influences all of Monica’s work and color selections. She has lived in Spain and Peru and has traveled extensively throughout Arizona and Mexico. While studying for her BA in creative writing at the University of Arizona, Monica participated in a month-long cultural studies tour of Nepal including a week-long trek of the lower Annapurna mountains.
On almost all of Monica’s travels, she can be found with a camera in her hands ready to capture the local scenery, sunsets, flowers, cactus or the changing colors of the Arizona mountains – all of which inspire her art. A Monica Durazo piece is the distillation of all of these experiences.
Monica’s garments and accessories are one-of-a-kind pieces of art made with wet felting, felt inlay and nuno felting processes that often incorporate hand-dyed silks and silk ribbon, Swarovski crystals, sequins, Czech beads, vintage buttons and the newest of fiber mediums – dyed cotton gauze. As often as possible she supports locally produced mohair, alpaca and wools from Arizona breeders. Monica recently participated in a week-long felt making retreat taught by reknowned artist Polly Stirling that has helped her expand her creative vision into textiles, creative sewing and making felt yardage. This new chapter in her ever-evolving career has resulted in bold new color and fiber combinations and unique wearable jackets and skirts that still reflect her Arizona roots.
Monica is an active member of the Tucson Handweaver’s and Spinners Guild and the Southwest Fiber Arts Guild. Her work can be found in several boutiques including: The Magic Jacket in Fish Creek, WI; The Red Cup Coffee House on Washington Island, WI; Jinjor Boutique in Olympia, WA and Desert Bloom in Tucson, AZ. She also exhibits and sells at various art festivals throughout the year including: Townline Art Fair in Sister Bay, WI, ArtFest in Scottsdale, AZ and ArtFest Market in Cave Creek, AZ.
Monica resides in Tucson, AZ and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-300-0463.