Ofrenda Theme:  The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

Tara is a jewelry and creative designer who currently resides in East Dallas. She graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Spanish Literature. Aside from working a full time office management position, lately she has found herself working along side other local artists to volunteer their time and talents giving back to the Senior Citizens of Dallas.  She has recently collaborated with Candelaria & Co. Art Studio by teaching Jewelry design classes to the senior citizens of Oak Cliff.  

Her journey with Jewelry design began almost 20 years ago. It was a hobby that grew out of the love of beaded jewelry and natural stones as well as vibrant colors and anything eccentric. She designs and creates what is resonating with me at the current moment and that is always changing. Whether it is using beads, fabrics, metals or textiles her work is always a surprise even to her. Her love for culture – especially that of her own Mexican heritage, nature & spirituality is expressed in her creations and it is what inspires her. She uses materials that our Mother Earth has gifted us with. Materials that have come from our planet’s naturally occurring disasters. Just like a mixing of the Earth’s elements –  she never knows what she will end up with – but she says it is always an exciting adventure to be challenged and create something beautiful. 

Her designs can be found on social media platforms under the name @NaturalDisastersDallas.  

Her motto is: To Create is to Live – To live is to Create. 

Co-creative: Iris Candelaria

Site Location: Candelaria & Co