Description With its poky tail, this stingray can gather things and poke friends while passing by to say hi. Unleash noticed that its shape resembles the shape of push pins and thought they could hang out.
Melissa Rivera - UNLEASH STUDIO, Pleasant Hill, CA Member Since January 2012 Artist Statement Hello, my name is Melissa Rivera-Torres. I am the creator and designer of Unleash Studio. It has been my dream to create unique things and share them with the world. In 2009 I decided to start this journey and see where it takes me.
I was born and raised in Mexico. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design I worked as a designer in Mexico City for the National Children’s Museum, Papalote Museo del Niño, creating a variety of exhibits. In addition, I designed children’s furniture for schools, producing pieces for preschool classrooms.
In 2004 I decided to go back to RISD to get a Masters Degree in Art and Design Teaching Education. After completing my MA, I took an opportunity to move to Hawaii, and since then I have worked for several schools and institutions teaching students of all ages about design. My places of employment include: The Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Honolulu Contemporary Art Museum, Art to Go (a non-profit outreach program specifically designed to serve Hawaii’s youth at risk) and Hawaii Pacific University. Aside from teaching, I have been working on the development of Unleash Studio, creating things that I believe will make people smile while also offering them something unique and different.
During my time off from teaching and designing, I enjoy being outdoors, skating on my snakeboard, biking on my BMX and listening to music. Surrounding myself with people who inspire me and spending time with those I love makes my life worthwhile.