About The Speaker
Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera
Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera is a Mexican-Dutch designer. She was born and raised in Mexico City where she studied Industrial Design. She moved to the Netherlands where she graduated from Man and Identity at The Design Academy Eindhoven. Gabriela creates storytelling through textiles and drawings. She has built an equilibrium between colourful patterns and intriguing, dark illustrations; a balance between sensitive stories and confronting statements. She has exhibited and given lectures and workshops across the world. She has been a senior print designer at Vlisco Netherlands for the last seven years. She is also head of Vlisco&co, a new venture that creates a network of young and experimental creative talents across Africa. She has joined forces to stage events in Lagos, Accra and Abidjan, and to engage in debates about their interpretation of modern African culture and its future.