Interview + tutorial: Kathy Cano Murillo

by Anabel on 01/08/2007

in People


She have always been crafty, but she never imagined she would be making a living at it

Who is Kathy Cano Murillo?

I’m a chica who is additced to making bright and shiny things, and thensharing them with whomever is interested! I feel very blessed because I’ve found ways to make aliving from my art. I not only make it to sell, but I also share ideas so other people can make things too. I write a syndicated newspaper craft column, I have six published books and am working on my seventh. I run my web site,, it gets 2 million hits a month!

I’m currently working with Carnival Cruise line for the 2nd Annual Crafty Chica Cruise. It is in March of 2008 and we got to Cabo and Ensenanda and make lots of art. It is $557 and includes all your food, room, tips, cocktail hours and art supplies! I have the sign up info on my site.

What do you create?

Anything and everything! I love to dabble in all kinds of crafty genres. I draw, paint, sew, embroider, woodburn, sculpt, crochet – just about everything! My personal designs all have a Latin flavor to them because I can never find anything in the stores, so I make my own accessories and clothing. But when I share ideas, I like to make them universal so people can do whatever they want for their own style. Right now I’m big on making fabric collage purses and paper mache sculptures.

I recently got hired hired by a large craft manufacturing company ( to design, develop and launch a Crafty Chica product line that will be sold in stores nationwide. In addition to my artwork, I’m doing this. My line has more than 100 products and they are mostly Latinocentric – for us hip chicas who like to sew and paint!
Where do you get your inspiration for your projects?

I look at everything out there and then try to find the holes of what has not been done yet. From there, i think of how to come up with something that has that “wow” factor, and that is easy and clever. I can’t help but use all my faovrite colors, and I love glitter and high gloss varnish, so I use that as a metaphor for life to inspire others! Because I’m a third generation Mexican-American, my culture plays a huge part in all my designs.

Your big inspiration is “México”.Who are some of your favorite indie designers/artists from this country?

The colorful tinwork of Arturo Sosa makes me drool. The way he combines the detail of the tin designs and then makes them pop with rich colors like teal, red and hot pink. I’d love to have a whole wall in tin created by him! i also adore the paintings of Antonio Lopez Vega. By far, my favorite jewelry designer is Mercedes Salazar. She is from Columbia, but went to art school in Mexico. you can find her work at Kitson in Los Angeles. She relays positive messages using phrases, hearts, imagery, all with hip Latin style – yet they are alluniversal. That is exactly what I strive for!

Talk about your books, please.

Of the six, I have four that are easy to find. One is called “THe Crafty Chica Collection” and it is my first two books combined, and re-released under a new cover. I also have “Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul”, which is also full of general craft type of projects. And then I have tow books for tween girls. I’m currently working on two new books. One is a sewing bok that will come out in 2009, and the other is a novel. I love writing! Up until April, I was a full-time feature writer for the Arizona Republic. i used to get paid to write about other people, now I get paid to write about making art! I love it!

And, finally, please could you do a little tutorial for the whipup´s readers?

Sure! I’m really into fabric trasnfers right now. A super easy one is to take two new cloth napkins and iron them. Using your computer and fabric sheets, print out a picture for each one. Use a contrasting color of felt or another kind of fabric and sew it behind the picture to act as a frame. Now sew it to the napkins, in the center. Sew up three sides of the two napkins, insert a pillow form and sew up the last side. Now you have a super cool toss pillow for your couch or bed! I have mroe complete directions on my web site.

¡Gracias por todo Kath!

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1 Anabel August 2, 2007 at 5:46 pm

Thanks, Natalie! I´m glad you like the interview!


2 Denise Reed August 2, 2007 at 6:27 pm

I really enjoyed this interview—it gives me hope. I am a lifetime crafter/teacher of multi-crafts. I am just beginning to take myself seriously, and want to make a living at what I love most–being creative. Kathy’s words have inspired me to move forward and achieve this goal of spreading the joy and peace in making things from the heart.


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