My name is John Gutierrez. I was born in Chicago, Illinois to Mexican immigrant parents. My family and I then to St. Paul Minnesota. It was in middle school that I found myself beginning to design. It started with costumes for power rangers, based on a theme that I came up with. Gradually the costumes became gowns. Designing for me, was something I did for fun. At first my career aspirations in high school were centered in the sciences. I applied to four schools and was rejected or waitlisted. I took it as a sign to change my focus and pursue designing. Being too late in the year to get into an American college, I studied Fashion Design in Mexico for a year. I realized that Mexico wasn’t the place for me so I moved back to the U.S. and began working with my mom. It was there that a coworker suggested I apply at MCTC, which I did in 2015. Since the first day of classes I knew I had found the right place for me.Video Interview
My goal is to create. My intention is to find the beauty in things that are mysterious, odd, and often overlooked.