Creative Women Profile: Violinist & Knitter-About-Town, Mia
“When I was two years old, growing up in Austin, Texas, I saw a mariachi band playing in Whole Foods. Later at home I played dress up with a mariachi hat I had and pretended to play violin with a wooden spoon and a chopstick. Because of that my parents got me lessons on a real one and 20 years later I’m still playing.”
I love me some beautiful soul-stirring violin music (admit it- you cry listening to classical music too), and I also love knitters knitting. If you’re in the DC area, make sure to attend one of Mia’s orchestra’s concerts and tell ’em Trouvés sent ya!
Yarns and Knitting: I’m a big fangirl for Quince and Co. and Madeline Tosh. I’ve heard amazing things about Looped Yarn Works (D.C.) that I’d love to visit soon.
For me, my experiences in NYC and LA represent two sides of the creative process — LA felt more relaxed and artistic, the flowering creativity part of art; NYC was more driven and ambitious, the gritty side of art that drives you to get things out there in the world. I’m really grateful to have experienced both. I’m in DC now and I miss NYC a lot but my plans are actually angling more towards the West Coast each day.
Mia’s favorite things in NY and DC:
Music and DIYing, which at first maybe seem like separate interests but I think they’re really the same thing – creating structure and aesthetic out of empty space.
Taszo Espresso Bar (Upper Manhattan Washington Heights) – It’s a locally owned coffee shop that’s become the heart of the community. A lot of musicians live nearby and you can’t stop by without running into a friend hanging out or on their way to a gig.
Bin 1301 on U Street (D.C.) It’s a really cool wine bar with live jazz on Saturday nights. My favorite thing there (other than the wine) is their halloumi cheese board.
Wedding music website: www.turtledovemusic.com