Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Miriam Castillo, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
Thrift shop in Brooklyn

Her deep laughter, fierce opinions, and ability to turn every situation into a creative festivity drew us in. Over the last year, her illustrations and graphic design have set the tone for Mex and City. When she is not working with us, she is busy in illustrationland, a whimsical place where winged creatures and dainty sprites make their way onto tote bags, t-shirts, and wallpaper. Trained as a graphic designer from UVM at Queretaro and courses at SVA and FIT in NYC, she makes any medium spirited. She even made an interactive mural for El Museo del Barrio. This year she is focused on showcasing her multi-media works.
Age: 31
Place of Birth: Estado de Mexico, DF.
Parents: Both from DF Gloria Cruces & Julian Castillo, "Chilangos, Defeños, Mexican power!".
Occupation/Aspiration: Graphics & Textile designer, Illustrator.
My aspiration: yoga teacher.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? I came to Brooklyn and never moved. I started in Williamsburg because I had a friend there, then move to other locations. Now I live in Bushwick. Always Brooklyn, baby!

Name a New York moment:
Walking by the "Imagine" memorial at Central Park for John Lennon on the anniversary of his death and seeing Yoko Ono leaving the spot.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
I try to cook "enchiladas queretanas" every now and then. It's the only Mexican plate I know how to make. It reminds me of home. I live in a Latino neighborhood full of delicacies that I miss from Mexico. Also, I never leave my Mexican gang.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
My mom said constantly: "Date a poleo y oleras a deseo, date acada rato y
oleras a caca de gato" I had a hard time understating it.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
"El que se apendeja, dios lo deja"

What is your favorite project collaboration you have worked on?
I collaborated with my friend Alex Medina, a Mexican fashion designer based in my hometown. He launched his new collections and some cool T-shirts with my designs.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I didn't learn how to cook until I turned 30, and I used the laundry machine without soap for almost 3 years. I'm not a very good housewife.

How would you describe your aesthetic? Busy, organic, vintage.

Who is your favorite designer? Yayoi Kusama,

What can we expect from you in 2012? Some exhibitions here and there in NY & DF.

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