In 2011, with five other women, I crafted in Downtown Tucson, as well. As a way to build our downtown foot traffic and support downtown economics, our little band of enterprising women opened a Crafted Tucson: Urban Design Space. I personally have my handmade fabric surprise balls, purses and art snack packs for the shop. Although closed now, Crafted Tucson had a gallery and connected people in conversation about the future of our city.
Crafting to me also means exploring my familia roots in Italian embroidery and silk-throwing, and I recently wrote for Taproot Magazine about my grandmother and her handwork. It was one of the more satisfying writing assignments in my life; I’ll always cherish the experience.
So I am a crafter as well as a writer and marketer who also is a fan of building cities. Cities are vital to our communities and our quality of life. That’s why I believe in Downtown Tucson in my work: I write about it, I work within it and I volunteer as much as I can to support its activities.