Raw, free-spirited and never subtle, Juanita Tortilla celebrates colour and tactile textiles. Each Juanita Tortilla creation is an individual piece of heART. As an avid upcycler and full-time daydreamer, Juanita hand-makes a collection of quirky and whimsical accessories with personality.
Naming this range 'Helen', because Helen came by to specifically purchase my first of such totes last year, salvaging my soul-crushing experience at a market, and she has been using that bag regularly. Everybody needs a Helen 😄. Or two.

Incorporating printmaking techniques, Juanita features her beloved world-travelling Ragdoll Birman cat, Pickle, in the ‘Pickled Pockets’ collection on ETSY, pickledpockets.
Good thing I found this sign. Pickle for president!

Showcasing her connection to nature, a hand-printed series of South Australian native bird illustrations was introduced to the Juanita Tortilla repertoire.
Felt surreal setting up for the market yesterday!

A weather study of daily temperatures for 2017 is craft-fully presented in monthly projects, #TemperatureProject2017, by means of fabric weavings and beaded necklaces.
Twinning woven rows, maximum and minimum temperatures recorded for August 2017. • Each woven panel is lined and becomes the front feature pocket of a tote bag. • #temperatureproject2017 #juanitatortilla #upcycled #fabricweaving #weaving #adelaidehills

Mostly self-taught, Juanita pursues her crafty practice with the ethos: reduce, re-use and re-create. Born and raised in Singapore, Juanita has a background in Animal Biology and she been gathering life experiences for over a decade from Europe, North America, and now Australia where she calls home with her husband and two beautiful indoor cats. Juanita can be found on most social media platforms and in-person at select markets around Adelaide.