I want to introduce you to one of our newest team members at Resurrect: Mayahuel Montoya! Maya has worked at Resurrect for three months, so many of you have gotten a chance to meet her. We are so happy to have her at the shop! She has jumped right in getting involved in store promotions, as well as; helping find new artists and designers. Maya herself is an artist, dancer, and Bay Area native. Read on to learn more about Maya's favorite spots and her circus adventures!
How long have you lived in Oakland and what do you like about living here?
I have grown up between West Berkeley and North Oakland my whole life. I spent some years studying dance in New York City, but have always called the East Bay my home. I feel super connected to my communities here and will probably end up settling down here in the future.
What inspires your personal style and what are you looking to add to your wardrobe?
My personal style has always been inspired by the 1990's grunge/punk/ska scene, my Mexican American heritage, mixed with a bohemian 1960's and 1970's vibe. I'm short, so I love to wear tall chunky boots and shoes. I was a dancer my whole life, so I always loved layering my clothing in and out of the studio. I use my style to express myself like so many of us do, and I pull through all the phases I've gone through growing up: grunge/goth/hippie/ballerina and everything in between. I would love to add more burnt out velvet and bell bottoms to my wardrobe, and I'm always on the lookout for that perfect leather jacket.
What do you like doing in your spare time? Or your favorite spots around Oakland?
In my spare time, I love to hang with friends and family. I love going on mini adventures to Marin, Tilden, or Sibley National Park. I try to spend my free time making art, whether it be visual art or dance. I also like to try to focus my time on activism because I feel like it's my duty to protect this earth and give a voice to current issues. I also spend a lot of time with my 4 year old godson. He is the joy of my life!
Tell us about your interesting summer job.
During the summers, I run away with the circus! No, really, I do. For 11 weeks in the summer, I work at a circus and performing arts camp for 7-14 year olds called Camp Winnarainbow. I started going myself when I was 7! Full circle! Now I work there teaching dance and art. It is a wonderful place where kids are free to learn balance, coordination, performance skills and social justice they can bring into the world.
How long you have been painting murals?
My mom always jokes that my first experience on scaffolding was at nine months. This is sort of true, since both my mother and father are public muralists. They met in the late 70's in San Francisco's mission district during the Chicano mural movement. So, as you can imagine I've been participating in murals my whole life. In high school, I started apprenticing with my mom and assisting her in her projects around the Bay Area. My first big project with her was a mural on the former Inkworks Press in Berkeley in 2010. Since then, I have assisted on numerous projects with her. This last summer, I brought this passion of mine to Camp Winnarainbow and along with two women created the mural (pictured below) in over 2 weeks.
Thanks Maya! Stop in the shop soon to meet Maya and get her advice on new designers and pieces in the shop. <3