Sally Spinale Arredondo, a graduating senior at the College for Creative Studies, will showcase her complete art collection at the CCS Student Exhibition the day after graduation (she graduates May 11th). Her collection, which took a year to create, draws inspiration from her Mexican heritage.
“I’m really proud of my work for this exhibition, and I can’t wait for people to see it. It’s been a long journey to get to this point, but all of my hard work has paid off,” Arredondo said.
Arredondo spent most of her youth dancing Ballet Folklorico. She made history in 2001 when her dance troupe, Raices Mexicanas, was invited by The White House to the first-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration. Arredondo was seven years old at the time, the youngest member to perform in the Rose Garden.
“Through my art, I hope to share my love for my culture and the beauty that can be found in the traditions and customs of Mexico. Art can bring people together and help us better understand one another. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share my work with others,” she said.
Arredondo says her passion for traditional handcrafting and digital creation has led her to merge the two worlds into a contemporary, feminine way. Each piece represents her dedication to marrying the old with the new. Her art explores the potential of textiles and technology alike. Her art is all about connecting the digital world with the tangible one. She uses textiles to unite these two worlds in a stylish way that exudes feminine elegance.
“Working with my hands has always been a passion of mine, and I love creating digital content just as much. It’s essential to find ways to merge these two art forms so that I can feel fulfilled in my work,” Arredondo explained.
When asked what inspires her work, she says it is drawn from her heritage, her relationship with color, and the female form. “I find inspiration in my heritage, the beauty of color, and the female form. I use a combination of 3D modeling, digital pattern design, and fabric application to create my work, which features vibrant color and dramatic contrast through transparent vinyl materials and hand embroidery techniques.”
Catch Arredondo’s collection at CCS on May 12th at 6 pm. The event is free along with parking. There will also be live music and strolling hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Artwork will be available for sale. A collectors’ preview and private reception will start at 4:30 pm. The exhibit will be on display until May 26th.
Student Exhibition Opening
College of Creative Studies
201 E. Kirby Detroit, MI 48202