My grandpa called me Titina since I was a child. He gave me lots of love, firstly because I looked like him and secondly because I reminded him of mom. They called her ‘Puss in Boots’, because she managed to solve everything no matter how with whatever she had. She was a very humble woman but could manage to get a good idea, a good creation, from everything. I think I got a little bit of that.
I try to give things that magical feel. Just like these simple-hearted women used to meet at my grandma’s house. My mom, my aunts, my grandma’s sisters. I liked how they used to dress… My grandma had a sewing room; she made miracles with pieces of cloth and patched everything. It’s just that in that austere Venezuela nothing was wasted. I saw all that work at home, I loved all the motion. I used to sew dresses for my dolls; I’d make them little clothes. I think the best gift parents can give to their children is to learn to earn things by themselves, that’s what my parents taught me and my siblings.
Maybe that’s why I’m that kind of person that when they have an idea, they go and do everything they can to make it happen. I tell myself: ‘C’mon, Titina! You gotta keep on.’ I know that there are hard or bad days but, I look at myself in the mirror and remember that a lot of people depend on me; people that have a lot of dreams that rely on what we’re doing with the fashion industry, so as soon as I suspect that I’m feeling low I just don’t allow it.
If I’d like to be remembered at all, beyond fashion, it’d be as a solidary person. My grandma was charismatic and my grandpa offered free consultations for those patients who couldn’t afford them. You might imagine how it was for a girl to spend her childhood seeing all that. I wasn’t a girl that was taken to the park to play. My walks were to visit the sick, go to the Medical Center, help and collect for the missions; I loved it. I was the one who collected the most, it was my vocation. Likewise, my aunt Mercedes Carrillo used to put a desk in front of her house, people would do long lines to ask her for help to get medicines. I follow that legacy and try to help people through fashion, my drawings and my talents, everything that I’m passionate for and consider my vocation, as well as contribute in pro of nature. Everything I do is because I like it and makes me happy, like waking up and see the sun every morning, cooking, take care of the garden and decorate the house; it’s because I’m an inveterate housewife.
I feel I communicate in all these ways. In this big communication channel through fashion, in each one of the shows I participate in, from my books and my drawings, and from this big kaleidoscope of my life.