Trepelito is the combination of two words in Spanish “tres” and the diminutive of “pelos”, which translates to   “three 
strands    of
            hair” referring to the wakeup call
Johanna Castillo had on her true identity as a Dominicana by cutting all her straighten hair, and letting her natural curls come out.

Trepelito is a multidisciplinary design & art studio constructing functional and interactive worlds focused on exploration and human connection. We integrate craftsmanship, research and care to develop community-based projects and performances that radiate human dignity.
 The studio creates 
boldly peculiar objects from sculptures, furniture, and soft goods to interactive installations and spaces that explore the concept of safe space. We aim to discover an immersive world, that reinforce the strength of individuality through collaboration. The spirit of connection lives through our compositions, and it is immersed by each being that engages with our magical world.
We need to connect with ourselves de verdad, to be able to connect with others and nature.   
Johanna Castillo (1995) is a Dominican multi-disciplinary artist who integrates practices of collaborative installation, performance, interactive sculpture, photography, textile craft, inclusive workshops and discourses around material culture and safe spaces in response to concerns on human connection, social constructs, identity, colonization, human rights and the devastation of natural resources. 
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, she studied Fashion Design and graduated from the Altos de Chavón School of Design in the Dominican Republic (2015) and Parsons the New School for Design in New York (2017) where she focused on materiality, systems and social justice within the fashion industry. 
Recent artworks focus on creating inclusive spaces in the form of collaborative textile installations that grows with the participants, where everybody is encouraged to come down to their “nothingness,” deconstruct who they think they are and the perceptions of “others”, and connect with others through textiles as her way of planting the seed that everybody is a knot away from re-connecting with themselves, others and nature.
On the other hand, Castillo is developing an ethnographic research project called “Knots as Modus Vivendi” in the Dominican Republic focusing on understanding the local context of textiles, as a way of deconstructing western fashion theories, consumption patterns, re-define what “local” means, and listen to the narratives of the different demographic groups within the informal markets population/artisans/creators to understand the consequences that globalization has brought to the production processes/local economy of the Dominican Republic.  
Her work has been presented and activated in public and private spaces such as , Goodman Gallery (online), Central Park (New York, NY), Union Square Park (New York, NY), Espacio Morillo (Oaxaca, MX),  Poco a Poco Residency (Oaxaca, MX), Garner Arts Center (Garnerville, NY), 313 Butler Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), New York Academy of Art (New York, NY), The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn, NY), Theresa Lang Center (New York, NY) Parsons the New School for Design (New York, NY), & Galería Altos de Chavón (La Romana, DR).
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