I'm Jessica Marquez a Californian girl now living in Brooklyn, NY. I'm the sole maker behind Miniature Rhino, my full time creative job and obsession. My embroideries have graced the pages of InStyle Magazine, Bust Magazine, Daily Candy NY and countless lovely blogs. Stitched Gifts, is my first embroidery craft book with Chronicle Books. A self-taught, passionate embroideress, I love to teach, and you can often find me working needle and thread everywhere I go. When I'm not stitching I love to explore NY, eat vegan treats, bake, cuddle my three rescue cats, plan travel adventures, and of course, craft it up.
So what the heck is a Miniature Rhino?
My young cousin once had an imaginary friend named Dr. Rhino, who was a dentist. She'd talk to him in the mirror by making a moustache with her long hair and lowering her voice. Since then the rhino has been a symbol of creativity and imagination for me. I'd scribble "Dr. Rhino" all over my notebooks in high school. Over the years it morphed into the moniker "Miniature Rhino". I loved the contrast of small and big. For me, making something starts with the tiniest spark, an ephemeral idea, and to make it happen and to be able to share it with you, is a big deal. It's the greatest feeling.
+ i like it when people call me jess or marquez. it's a good name.
+ i have an unhealthy affection for sweets. dear cookies, cakes, sweet matcha, and cupcakes, i love you.... (exhibit a)
+ fuzzy things = squeals of delight. one day i will live on a farm.
+ bleeding heart vegetarian. (see above)
+ I have two cats: bug and banjo.
+ one day it's possible that i may be one of those people on the show hoarders. i like to collect stuff!
+ tomboy/grandma at heart.
+ i can't spell very well.
+ traveling is important to me. i want to see this big world. i've been lucky enough to have been to romania, india, nepal and mexico.
+ i'm a sentimental cry baby.
+ the smallest treasuries make me happy. a rock or acorn collected from a walk can become a prized possession.