Josefina Herrera-Sanders is a creative freelancer living and working from tampa, florida. She's a devoted Christ follower, wife, artist, writer, speaker, advocate, and social influencer. Her life's work is to inspire people to live intentionally, love others, and serve well through powerful words and visuals.
What makes you stand out in the maker community?
There are many people who share the same love for people and for the arts as I do. We may even share some of the same struggles. But, they do not share my story. As I continue to own my truths, I continue to see myself in a world that is saturated with so many incredible makers. My views and values are what drive me to creating. My passion and platform are what motivate me to do more. My story is what makes me the artist that I am.
Tell us about your work and the projects you are currently working on.
What started off as an outlet due to depression has become my platform to infuse hope. With each and every piece I create and write, bits and pieces of my heart are on display. I found art as my creative outlet while experiencing several seasons of pain, and through my pain, a platform of purpose bloomed. As I continue to bloom in my artistic journey, I've grown a deep desire to expand in my creative endeavors. While calligraphy is something I plan on continuing to do, I am hoping to use different platforms to communicate the most important message of all: live with intention, love others, serve well. I am currently, finishing a book in which I plan to release mid October 2018. I am also dreaming on potentially hosting a retreat in Tampa, starting a Podcast, finishing a greeting card + print line, and finishing school!
Who is your favorite contemporary artist or maker?
My favorite artist is Frida Kahlo. I love that her pain didn't keep her from creating beautiful work, it enhanced it. She communicated so much through her impeccable pieces! Though she's a different kind of artist, I also love Maya Angelou. Her writings were bold, encouraging, uplifting, and pure magic! Some artists that have been super appealing are: Tony Peralta, Deun Ivory, and Kayla Gale.
What inspired you to become a maker?
I've always been creative. Ever since I was little I'd have my bags full of crayons and paper, ready to create stories and artwork. I didn't even realize that art had always been my creative outlet. It was healing balm to my soul during the dry seasons of life. I taught myself calligraphy when my husband Jay and I got engaged. We were ballin on a budget, so I took over our invitations. Three months after our wedding, during one of the darkest seasons of my life, I picked up a journal and sought healing through writing and lettering. Four years later, my hands continue to bring healing.