The St. Louis MQG announces
An Evening with Carolina Oneto
Hello, I am Carolina. I’m the mother of three wonderful children, two girls and one boy, and wife of a wonderful and loving husband, whom I have loved for 25 years. I was born in Chile in the picturesque village of Valparaíso, where I had a beautiful childhood alongside my dear parents and my siblings.
Even though it isn’t related at all to what I do today, I am an Industrial civil engineer. I worked for 5 years in logistics and when my first daughter was born, I changed to teaching, a job that let me spend more time with my daughter and, later on, with my son, too. For five years, I taught engineering students in the same university that formed me.
After five years of teaching, because of my husband’s work, we left Santiago and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In Buenos Aires, I had the incredible opportunity of learning patchwork with Teresita Leal and Cecilia Koppman, known Argentinian quilters. Every week I had classes to learn the innumerable and varied quilting techniques.
I have always liked constantly learning and perfecting myself and, in this new activity in my life, I keep on doing it. That is why every February I travel to the United States to the Festival of Modern Quilting «Quiltcon» where I go to different classes, workshops and talks with known international quilters. This allows me to constantly create new ideas and techniques, and to see and be able to take quilting towards a more modern and actual place. I also studied «Color Interaction» with Professor and artist Eduardo Vilches in the Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile.
In 2015 we went back to Santiago where, for 4 years, I worked in my own studio, and with Janome, I have been creating and constantly giving new workshops to promote quilting in Chile.
My quilts have been exhibited in many Quilt Festivals around the world, such as Quilt Week (Paducah, Lancaster, Des Moines, Daytona Beach, Grand Rapids, Virginia Beach), Quiltcon, Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, European Carrefour do Patchwork, Fiberart International, Festival do Patchwork Gramado and Floripa Quilt Festival (both in Brazil). Additionally, my work has been featured at art centers and galleries in Europe, USA and Chile.
I love to teach online quilting and design classes, and I also create many on demand classes for those who need to learn at their own pace and time. Online classes allow me to connect with students from many different countries, which is a very enriching experience.
I currently live in São Paulo, Brazil, where I have my own studio, from where I am continuously creating and developing my art and teaching that WE ARE ALL CREATIVE.