Hanabee Cartagena is currently a senior at Otis College of Design majoring in Communication Arts with a minor in Community Arts Engagement. She has been facilitating programs at reDiscover since 2018, first as an ACT Intern, then as a staff member since summer 2018. Hanabee loves working with kids and finds inspiration from their openness to learning new things. She excels at connecting with children and their parents, listening deeply and always finding just the right thing to say to make a tinkerer feel welcome, confident, and creative. This winter, she’s serving as a Lead Facilitator in the Tinkering Camps for the first time, working with our five to eight year old Junior Tinkerers.
Hanabee works in mixed media, including fiber arts, high resolution printing onto nontraditional materials, poster design, typography, and placemaking. Teaching in Tinkering Camps and workshops has helped Hanabee refine her own design process, working with clients, responding to design briefs, and fulfilling the inevitable changes that occur in any design relationship. Through reDiscover, she’s gained new skills working with tools, which has informed her own art making and teaching.
After graduation, Hanabee seeks a career in the design industry and to make teaching a permanent part of her life. We hope she’ll do that teaching here at reDiscover for many years to come!