Visual artist, Cristina Martinez, has unveiled her latest and latest Nordstrom collection which has everything you need to be ready for the upcoming hot season.
The contemporary artist, known for sharing the experiences of black and brown people in her work, revealed her inspiration for her third and final collection with Nordstrom, which debuted March 8.
Martinez collaborated with the Made by Nordstrom design team to imagine elements of their original artwork on a range of limited edition products for women, men, women, children, newborns and home. The anthology concludes by telling the story of community relevance and impact.
“Working with Nordstrom was another opportunity for me to shine a light on those who have to work a little harder to be seen,” Martinez shares with Essence.com. “I hope to create some kind of role model for other young black and brown kids, women, and anyone else who doesn’t see opportunity coming as easily as others.”
According to Martinez, the latest collection is special because she was able to involve her entire community in the project. “I hand-picked the team that worked on the creative content,” she shares. “From producers to photographers, videographers, stylists, scenographers, and even catering. We had full creative freedom from Nordstrom to tell our stories and create the visuals that were important to us.
Along with selecting his team, Martinez also included his family in the campaign to share his most authentic self in his art. “Anyone who knows me knows that they [my family] are at the heart of who I am; their presence is always felt in every project in one way or another, whether physically or symbolically. When I say my mission is to inspire kids like me, my kids are the first that come to mind.
Martinez also mentioned that presenting the collection for Women’s History Month is also very special for her as she celebrates femininity every day. “It was just that we took this moment to really celebrate each other. I was able to include the women who are really important to me in this project.
The collection is inspired by his three works of art:
Just add water: Cristina encourages her viewer to stop and smell the flowers. It’s a reminder to be present and hope for bigger blooms to come.
Flowering in color: Encourages us to work together, make room for our neighbors and thrive together.
Untitled: Symbolizes the process of going through a unique transformation that allows you to come out stronger, better and different on the other side.
Check out some of the bold and brilliant collections below:
The Nordstrom x Cristina Martinez is available now at Nordstrom.com