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About Martha Calderon : Martha’s artwork embraced representational, abstract and non-representational forms singularly in images or in various forms throughout a composition. Most of her work has been inspired by her longing and nostalgia and memory of her homeland, Colombia. Her work therefore, is imbued with an emotional and visual power unique to her inner spirit and maturity and added greatly to the multi-multiculturalism and the university wide emphasis placed on “internationalism”. Martha’s studio practice has been diligent, productive and passionate; full of investigation and self-reflection along with experimentation. It was evident in her visual statements, how engaged she was with emblematic images that reflected in color, form, rhythm…and a play between field and ground that sought out the most interesting themes and variations reminiscent in her cultural heritage and her life in America. Martha developed a studio practice which is mature in its approach and execution, and is pro-active in researching materials and processes, and she was inquisitive and curious about contemporary trends in the printmaking field; and developed a deeper willingness and execution of a unique and personalized idealization. always adapting new techniques to her work in new and surprising ways.
STATEMENT OF ART:
The experience of being part of a new culture different than mine has influenced several aspects of my development as a person as well as a professional artist and designer. Being a Colombian living in an international soil has inspired me to embrace my culture more intentionally and passionately. My sense of agency through my work entails mainly in the desire to share the richness of my country and everything that it has to offer; to show a different and positive face of Colombia.

The Printmaking and knitwear processes have given me the freedom to create and express my ideas differently than any other process. Printmaking allows me to print on any surface and incorporate any media such as ceramics, sculpture, textiles, painting, drawing, and photography. Creating garments and accessories as a Knitwear designer has been an exciting, and a breathtaking experience. And now that I have a better knowledge in textiles I can blend both Printmaking and Knitwear techniques to create new things in a more functional way. I’m very passionate about surfaces and textures, so I’m always looking for new processes and materials to work with. I want to see my work always evolving, while preserving my views, purpose and beliefs.
I am inspired by the way garments can be seen as an art form which can reflect cultural enrichment, but even more when other designers can make from their designs an extension of their culture to the rest of the world, and a closer approach to their roots. I try to reflect all of these aspects through bright colors, a variety of textures, artisan work, and asymmetrical and organic Silhouettes.

I value textile design because every piece has a unique value. The use of natural fibers, eco-friendly materials, artisanal, and millenary techniques guarantee an exclusive design, an unrepeatable, and sometimes unimaginable. During the creation process until the final touch, it obligates the creator to awake his/her more refine senses and be full of visual and tactile sensations

ORGANIZATION:
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandisng

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Graphic designer Media, graphic, printing, culture, design

EDUCATION:
2015, Advanced Fashion Design, A.A, FIDM, Los Angeles/USA.
2013, Fashion Knitwear Design, A.A, FIDM, Los Angeles/USA.
2010, Fine Art/Print-making, B.A, University of Florida, Florida/USA.
2007, Fine Arts, A.A, Broward Community College, Florida/USA.

EXPERIENCE:
2013 to present, Graphic Artist and Knitter, Freelance, Los Angeles/CA

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2015, El Paseo Fashion Week, The Gardens on El Paseo, With Marly Kluge, Leetal Platt, Daniel Henson, Jette Kavanagh, Dustin Mangan, and Anthony Herrera, PALM DESERT/CALIFORNIA.
2015, FIDM Debut Fashion Show, Barker Hangar, With Willis Park, Marly Kluge, Leetal Platt, Daniel Henson, Jette Kavanagh, Dustin Mangan, and Anthony

EVENTS:
2011, "1,000 Words", Artist and Organizer, UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, GAINESVILLE/FLORIDA.
2010: "Colors of Hope", Artist and Organizer, UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, GAINESVILLE/FLORIDA.

AWARDS:
2015, Best Use of Color and Fabric Award, FIDM Debut Judging, LOS ANGELES/CALIFORNIA.
2015, FIDM Scholarship Award, LOS ANGELES/CALIFORNIA.
2014, Design Knit, Inc. Fashion Star Award, Textile Association of Los Angeles, LOS ANGELES/CALIFORNIA.
2010, First Place, Racial/Ethnic Minority Art Show, University of Florida Department of Psychology, GAINESVILLE/FLORIDA.

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2016, "Her Universe Fashion Show, What 'Wall-E' and Legos Have in Common", The New York Times, VOL. CLXV....No. 57,307.
New York, Thrusday, July 26th, 2016.
2015, "FIDM Debut Runway", The Other LA Magazine, page 77, Volume 3 Issue 2, LOS ANGELES/CALIFORNIA
2015, 2015, Inside Fashion Week, Palm Springs Life, California Magazine, page 28, March, PALM SPRINGS/CALIFORNIA.
2014, "HGA'S Design Challenge Team", Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, page 39, Volume XLV N. 4, Issue 180 Fall 2014, SUWANEE/GEORGIA.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Spanish, Colombia (Native)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe Illustrator, Intermediate.
Adobe Photoshop, Intermediate.
Adobe Indesign, Novice

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2008, "Photolithography", Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago/Chile.
2008, "Woodcut", Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago/Chile.
2008, "Etching", Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago/Chile.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2004, Hispanic Organization at Broward Community College, COCONUT CREEK/FLORIDA.
2007 Hispanic Organization at Santa Fe Community College, GAINESVILLE/FLORIDA.
2008, Non-profit organization CBOB (children beyond our borders), GAINESVILLE/FLORIDA.
2009, Alagarto Printmaking, University of Florida, GAINESVILLE/FLORIDA.

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2016, FIDM DEBUT Judging 2016, Fashion Institution of Design and Merchandising, LOS ANGELES/CALIFORNIA.

HOBBIES:
salsa dancing, biking, singing, playing the guitar, the keyboard, and the flute.

WEB SITE:
www.marthacalderon.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.marthacalderon.com

RSS URL:
instagram.com/dimensional_knit/

REGISTRATION DATE:
2016-03-25 22:43:18

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Young

Awards received by Martha Calderon


Dimensional Knit Winter Dress Coat

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design Category in 2016
Martha L. Calderon for Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

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