artist statement

Celebrating colour and tactile textiles, JuanitaTortilla is a collection of whimsical wares. Juanita has keen interest in zero waste; upcycling and creating original work for the discerning eco-conscious.

made by hand

With emphasis on uniqueness, each JuanitaTortilla creation is a piece of art—or heart—designed and crafted one at a time. Juanita enjoys bricolage, weaving and playing with paint.

hand-printed illustrations

Incorporating printmaking techniques, Juanita's world-travelling Ragdoll Birman cat, Pickle, is featured in the Pickled Pockets collection. Inspired by the feathered friends in nature, characteristic South Australian native bird illustrations are showcased in the hand-printed repertoire.


Named Juanita at birth; JuanitaTortilla, however, is her age-old online handle. Born and raised in Singapore with a background in Animal Biology, Juanita’s roving residences in North America and Europe since 2004 cultivated an upcycling lifestyle.


As of 2014, Juanita calls the green Adelaide Hills of South Australia home with her husband and two beautiful indoor seal-point cats, Pickle and Mia.


A colour-coded project and study of daily temperatures for 2017 is craft-fully presented monthly as upcycled fabric weavings and beaded necklaces: #TemperatureProject2017.


Juanita’s work may be found in galleries and retailers in SA and VIC (Stockists) or at market fairs where she sells in person.


You are welcome to follow Juanita's creative journey and random musings on Instagram.