Trishia M Rinaldo

Image: This collection explores the harmonization of Maya and Catholic imagery

in the picturesque setting of Honduras. In this collection, I reflect on my

Catholic upbringing in Honduras and the profound appreciation I have for

the iconography brought by the Spanish centuries ago. These religious

symbols continue to be celebrated and upheld by society, passed down

through generations of women in my family. Additionally, I hold a deep

reverence for the traditional practices rooted in the land. My connection

to the Mayan culture has been cherished throughout my life and passed

down through generations of communities. The syncretism between these

two influences represents the intricate tapestry that defines Latin

America.Through my collection, I strive to harmonize these identities,

shedding light on the unique beauty of non-western religions alongside their

western counterparts, all the while celebrating the femininity that is deeply

intertwined with both.

In Yoro, Honduras, a transcendent event takes place, where heavy rains coincide with a remarkable phenomenon: freshwater fish descend from the sky, alive and unharmed, much to the delight of the community. Legend has it that during the months of May or June, a fierce storm sweeps through the town, drenching it with heavy rain. Once the storm subsides, the streets come alive with small, still-living fish, flapping and flopping.
This extraordinary event gave rise to an annual festival, a celebration of gratitude for this miraculous occurrence. The explanation provided by the locals is often more religious than scientific. Father Jose Manuel Subirana, a Catholic priest in the area, prayed for God to provide sustenance to the hungry people. It is said that, at the end of his long prayer session, the sky opened up and rained down small fish.


Trishia M. Rinaldo is a latin american designer who’s artistic practice

emerges as a vibrant cele- bration of the region’s craft, thoughtfully

situated within the context of the Western world. At the core of her

artistic exploration lies an engage- ment with the dynamic interplay

of Western and non-Western standards — a conflict that not only shapes

her artistic career but also contributes to the nuanced layers of her

identity. Through her unique perspective, Trishia brings forth a harmo-

nious dialogue between these diverse influences, weaving a narrative

that resonates with the com- plexity and richness of Latin American culture.