I am a first-year transfer student at SAIC. My collections feature handmade recycled and reusable materials, using simple materials to create colorful dynamic pieces. I have categorized each collection individually, beginning with recycled denim set, knitwear garment, and lastly my accessories. Each piece evokes different emotions challenging the concept of love, loneliness, and desire.
Somewhere Over, Somewhere Over, 2021, denim fabric, ink, embroidery floss, beads, yarn, 1329 x 719, photo by Leslie Lopez
This piece was inspired by my grandfather who passed away about two years ago. I struggled to find a way to commemorate him. I allowed myself to use my art to honor him. My grandfather was a struggle artist, who worked to provide for his family, never allowing himself to fully dive into his artist potential. Often as I visited him, he would give me a beaded necklace with a photo of the Virgin Mary. This piece uses photography and beading inspired by his pieces of art, using a photo mosaic of family photos I have taken or found to illustrate a young photo of my grandfather.
Heart, Heart, 2021, denim fabric, ink, embroidery floss, beads, yarn, 1269 x 732, photo by Leslie Lopez
This piece is a continuation of the first piece. I used the majority of the same methods. I used landscape photos I have taken and edited, of different places I have visited throughout the years.
Pride, Pride, rayon white fabric, heart mirrors, dye, yarn, embroidery floss, 1273 x 719, photo by Leslie Lopez
The color patterned quilt was dyed using different lengths of time and colors of dye on white fabric cut into individual squares. I embellished the piece using mirrors, crocheting the outer edges with red and baby blue cotton yarn. I used embroidery floss on the outer edges using similar colors to create hypertextually.
Rosa, Rosa, acrylic Scarlet yarn, 1330 x 712 , photo by Leslie Lopez
This piece was influenced by the transition of winter, holidays, and loneliness. I chose the color red to symbolize love, aggression, and desire. I hand knitted two different pattern pieces of lace to allow the garment to breathe.