Hello! Welcome to Nelesc Designs. I am a woman of multiple narratives; I call myself a Bronx fabric artesana because it sounds good, lol. I am proud of my Bronx roots and my artistic medium is fabric. I like the word artesana because it speaks to my Latina heritage, it has the word "art" in it (I have degrees in art history and anthropology) , and that is what I essentially am; an artisan, a craftsperson, an artist. I am also a museum educator, a wife, mother of two special needs kids, and a lover of the God that created it all. It's all good and it's all me.
I also teach craft entrepreneurship courses in collaboration with Etsy and The Small Business Administration. I love mentoring other budding creative entrepreneurs and welcome the chance to share my knowledge. You can learn more about this by clicking NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program on top.
So what will you find on my blog, you ask? Well, I love redesigning stuff so you will definitely be privy to my DIY step by step sewing tutorials and wardrobe refashions. I also enjoy sharing creative entrepreneurship tips, musings on special needs mothering, and news from my shop.
You can also check out my Etsy shop at www.nelesc.etsy.com, which features my second love, screenprinting. There, you will find slighty reconstructed t-shirts with cultural icons screen printed on each, screen printed leather accessories, and cuffs made from fabric. I also offer clothing and accessory patterns/tutorials there too.
My sewing/crafting journey began with my children. Both of my boys have special needs and creating and selling my designs allowed me to stay home with them as I balanced their therapy schedules with my creative life. Sewing, crafting, printing (and having the most amazing supportive husband in the world), help me be a better mom to my beautiful boys. This is the context in which I create and look forward to sharing more about this in my upcoming book.
Hope you enjoy the ride!