We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Diana, what makes you happy? Why?
I love creating because it helps me both deal with and express emotions. It’s the way I’ve learned to deal with the world and I’m forever grateful that I have it. Spending time with people makes me happy because I think people are beautiful, interesting and inspiring. I love laughing with friends and genuinely enjoying the moment. On the other hand, spending time alone and recharging by taking care of myself brings me so much peace and happiness.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is fun and fresh but can also be very meaningful. Cute, a little edgy and with a lot of heart. Con corazon! I think art is always a little piece of the creators themselves so you’ll see all the things I personally love in my work. Being the oldest daughter of a traditional household I did sometimes have to deal with the double standards of being a woman. Fighting against the unwritten rules my whole life have made me a feminist and definitely add a component of that to everything I make. I’m especially proud of my boldest designs because there’s always a little bit of fear that people might not react well to something you create.

As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed art. In second grade I was selling drawings to my classmates for 25 cents! Growing up I couldn’t see myself going anything that wasn’t art related. After high school I decided to go to school for photography. I loved photography because I wanted to show people the way I saw the world. My minor was graphic design because I felt like I could be good at it and it seemed like a safer decision career wise. After working a few years as solely a graphic designer I’m diving more into illustration and into creating products with my designs.

Paying for college myself was a very big challenge but I was just so determined to finish school that I worked all the hours I could and gave up a lot of things my peers had. It taught me that I can literally get through anything and I proved to myself that I’m incredibly determined and hardworking. When you’re young you don’t necessarily believe in yourself, especially if you’re a young woman of color but in those years I showed myself how capable I was and now nothing will ever take that from me.

Everything I create is made with my mind and heart; thus the name Mind & Corazon Creative!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If it was my best friend I would take her dancing! Some places I would take her would be District, Tongue & Groove and Red Martini on their latin nights! Hopefully Perreo 404 would be happening that weekend.

Some cute places I would take her would be Ponce City Market, the Beltline Trail next to it and Piedmont Park of course.

Brunch is one of my new favorite activities and I’d probably take advantage and try out a new place, there is no shortage in Atlanta.

To include some artsy things I’d take her to Museum of Design Atlanta. The exhibits are always super cool and wouldn’t take as long as a full museum walk. I also love mural hunting and taking pictures in front of cool ones.

I think Georgia has some awesome hikes and my favorite is Blue Hole Falls in Towns County, GA. It’s a little further out but totally worth it!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, my boyfriend and anyone who has supported me in this journey!

Website: www.mindandcorazon.com

Instagram: @mindandcorazon

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-yvette-sanchez/

Twitter: @mindandcorazon

Other: TikTok: @mindandcorazon

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