Drisana Rosales

Writer / Sewist / Textile Artist

California based writer and maker slow-stitching garments with (mostly) salvaged materials. As a Chicana, I come from a long line of women who constructed their own wardrobes and identities under the pressure of an unwelcoming dominant culture and I strive to honor their work and wear my heart on my sleeve.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

Coming from a family of musicians, I grew up attending dozens of live shows, concerts, and music festivals. Some of my first makes were hand-sewn band tees turned into fitted tanks and tote bags in high school and I went through a phase of knitting and weaving my favorite album covers in college.

As a student of traditional Mexican Danza Folklorico, I became fascinated with music, dance, costume, and set design as tools of storytelling and cultural preservation. I was also fortunate to be taught by a local activist who lectured her students about the wage exploitation and poor working conditions of LA garments workers during this time. Something about this dance teacher telling a class of middle school Chicanos to boycott the fast fashion industry in the mid-2000s was life changing for me, and it has everything to do with why I prefer to make my own clothing.

Tell us about your playlist:

I’m a pensive maker by nature and listening to music helps me get in the zone, while the hum of the machine allows me to sing along a little louder. Featuring some of my favorite songs from artists in constant rotation while I draft, trace, cut, and sew my projects – I’d like to dedicate this mix to my machine(s), my practice, and the things I’ve made in isolation.

Cover photo is a mixtape my dad made with my favorite R&B and Pop hits from the year 1999.

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Behind The Seams

  1. Needles In The Camel’s Eye – 2004 Digital Remaster – Brian Eno
  2. D.J. – 2017 Remaster – David Bowie
  3. Lovergirl – Teena Marie
  4. Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo – Alex Anwandter
  5. Sky Walker – Spanish Version – Miguel
  6. Hit Different – SZA, The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams, Ty Dolla $ign
  7. Run To The Sun – N.E.R.D
  8. 911 / Mr. Lonely (feat. Frank Ocean & Steve Lacy) – Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Steve Lacy
  9. The World Is Yours – Nas
  10. Ricky’s Theme – Remastered 2009 – Beastie Boys
  11. Betray My Heart – D’Angelo
  12. Mi Querido Amor (My Cherie Amour) – Spanish Version – Stevie Wonder
  13. How Come You Don’t Call Me – Alicia Keys
  14. Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work – Solange
  15. Eres para Mí (with Anita Tijoux) – Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux
  16. Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi – ROSALÍA, Ozuna
  17. Prototype – Outkast
  18. CMYK – James Blake
  19. Flim – Aphex Twin
  20. Beyond Love – Beach House
  21. All Tomorrow’s Parties – The Velvet Underground, Nico
  22. Pin – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  23. Tren Al Sur – Los Prisioneros
  24. Birthday – The Sugarcubes
  25. Sugar Water – Cibo Matto
  26. Catch Yourself Falling – Nicolas Godin, Alexis Taylor
  27. Doin’ it Right (feat. Panda Bear) – Daft Punk, Panda Bear
  28. The Rip – Portishead
  29. The Hem – Jonny Greenwood