Gretchen Carvajal (she/her) is an interdisciplinary Filipina artist from the Bay Area. She currently works as a teaching artist at the leading youth spoken word organization in the world, Youth Speaks, teaching high school spoken word at local San Francisco public schools.  When she’s not in the classroom, she designs, manufactures, and promotes her laser cut earring brand BRWNGRLZ. Her earrings have been seen in Variety Magazine, Refinery 29, and ManRepeller. When she’s not making earrings, she’s making prints, bending neon, or making films. Her films have been seen at the Wisconsin Film Festival and was featured at Kearny Street Workshop’s AAPature Festival. Gretchen is a recent graduate of UW Madison’s First Wave Hip Hop Scholarship, the only scholarship of its kind in the world, where she studied Printmaking and Neon while working on her craft as a poet and artist. Gretchen has performed on stages with the likes of Ruby Ibarra, Rafael Casal Esperanza Spalding and more both in the states and in the Philippines.

Gretchen’s work revolves around her journey as an immigrant who came to the US at the age of 7. Her different art forms (printmaking, neon, film, poetry, jewelry) serve as languages that are able to convey her story past the tongue she was born with and the language she was forced to learn. When she’s not hustling multiple jobs/artforms to sustain living in the ever gentrifying Bay Area, she’s talking about love or astrology, listnening to I’m Still In Love With You by Sean Paul, taking care of her 5 year old niece Leila, and cooking extremely large meals for her family.

For booking inquiries and any other questions please reach out to Gretchen at: carvajal.gretchen@gmail.com