Sarah Rosella Cuevas // @sarahrosellacuevas

Hey Wonderful Creator! Who are you and where are you from?

I am a textile artist happily living and making work in my little loft studio in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Northern California (US), and moved to the Greater Portland Area for college. I make and embroider tapestries, clothing, and quilts. I find so much warmth and peace in the medium of fabric -  a medium that has so much connection with our bodies and our stories.

Why did you want to take part in The Wonderful Post Project?

When I saw The Wonderful Post Project, I kept thinking of the people I have known, and who have since passed, who would have loved to receive a letter like this. Life can get so lonely, I wanted to be a part of giving someone in the world a little piece of joy. There is something about receiving a letter in the mail that is so happy and good. Maybe because technology is mostly how we communicate now. There is a lot of time and care put into hand writing and illustrating a letter. We seem to not have enough time these days. I think taking time to slow down and make things like this for people is one of the ways we can reach out to others, connect, and show them that they are valued and cared for. 

Tell us about your post recipient.

My post recipient is Lela, who lives in the West Indies. She is a new mom struggling with postpartum depression, and is raising her son all on her own. She is a very creative person who loves to paint and create, but has not picked up a brush in a long time.

What did you create and send for your Wonderful Post?

Lela loves the color blue, cats, nature, and watercolor. I painted her a card with a few traditional quilt patterns, some flowers, cats, and I wrote out Wild Geese by Mary Oliver. This poem has given me a lot of peace. It talks about finding hope and belonging in the mundaneness of the world around you, in things you may have overlooked.  I included the quilt patterns in it because they are very nostalgic and calming. 

What reaction do you hope/ imagine your recipient will have to their Wonderful Post?

I hope she finds familiarity! I hope she will pin it up on her wall and look at it and find something in herself that gets her to the place she needs to be. I hope she feels a little less alone in the world.

Describe the experience of taking part in The Wonderful Post Project.

It was so lovely creating this for Lela. While I was painting her card, I kept imagining where she would hang it up in her house. I chose a poem to send her that I adored, and I hope so much that she finds meaning in it like I have. It was a very happy experience and I would love to participate again. 

Any advice for other Wonderful Post creators?

Keep it simple. Sometimes the simplest of words/poems/images can bring someone irreplaceable joy. 

// You can find @sarahrosellacuevas on Instagram