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The Enchanting World of Milagros Batista: Crochet Workshop for Adults
For Adults 18+
Join fashion designer and craftswoman Milagros Batista in a delightful crochet workshop suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner looking to grasp the fundamentals or an advanced crocheter eager to tackle more intricate techniques, Milagros will guide you through a hands-on experience, offering insights into both simple basics and challenging stitches.
Date: Saturday, February 17 · 1 – 3pm
Location: the Children’s Art Carnival
Cost: $5 suggested donation or pay-what-you-can
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Online registration is required to participate
Part of The enchanting world of Milagros Batista. A mesmerizing solo presentation featuring the works of Milagros Batista—an extraordinary Fiber Artist, Master Knitter/Crocheter, Fashion Designer, and Social Activist.
Exhibition Dates: February 1st – March 3rd
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm
Exhibition on view at the Children’s Art Carnival, 62 Hamilton Terrace, New York, NY 10031, Weekday visits available by appointment only, email us at [email protected]
The enchanting world of Milagros Batista is made possible with funding from West Harlem Development Corporation, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Ruth Foundation for The Arts and donations from New York Film Academy and Hamilton Heights community members. The exhibition is presented by The Children’s Art Carnival.
Milagros Batista: Creator of Wearable Art!
Fiber Artist | Master Knitter/Crocheter | Fashion Designer | Social Activist
Personal and Artistic Journey
Milagros Batista is more than a designer; she’s a storyteller weaving tales of resilience, cultural vibrancy, and individuality through her wearable art. Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Milagros draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of her childhood—ocean waves, bustling markets, and the aroma of coffee and sugarcane. Growing up during a challenging political era, Milagros found strength in her family and guidance in the form of Doña Maria Luisa, a Freedom Fighter and Master Knitter. This mentorship became the foundation of her journey into the world of fiber arts, knitting, crochet, and social justice.
Early Influence and Mentorship
At seven, Milagros’ meeting with Doña Maria Luisa marked the beginning of a transformative journey. Hindered by financial constraints, Milagros proposed a unique arrangement—she’d work for knitting lessons. Doña Maria Luisa, a fearless advocate against dictatorship, not only agreed but ignited in Milagros a passion for social change. Doña Maria Luisa’s passing didn’t halt Milagros’ growth; instead, she became part of a collective of women mentors, guiding her until her family moved to New York. The vibrant culture of NYC, coupled with the influence of the “Black is Beautiful” movement, shaped Milagros’ perspective, fueling her commitment to equity, sustainability, and gender neutrality.
The Batista Collections: Brand Bio
Milagros Batista – Designing for Equity, Sustainability, and Gender Neutrality
A decade ago, Milagros transitioned careers to dedicate herself entirely to knitting and crochet. In 2016, she birthed Batista Collections, challenging preconceptions in high fashion. The resurgence of these crafts during the pandemic amplified her mission, solidifying their presence in the industry. Milagros’ designs stand out, incorporating intricate cables reminiscent of braided hair. Pieces like the “Free Spirited” shawl/jacket symbolize freedom and self-expression. As Batista Collections moves forward, it envisions pushing creative boundaries, defining a path where fashion meets individuality.
At Batista Collections, we’re crafting a fashion revolution beyond gender norms. Fashion should liberate, allowing limitless self-expression. Rooted in inclusivity and authenticity, our gender-neutral garments empower individuals to embrace their unique identities without fear or limitation. Meticulously crafted, our designs blur gender lines, allowing wearers to explore personal style with confidence. We celebrate the beauty of diversity, honoring the rich tapestry of global identities. Committed to sustainability, we prioritize ethical practices and mindful production. Join us in this transformative journey where fashion becomes a tool for self-expression and empowerment.