BRIA SATIVA AGUAYO
Born in California, but a Texan at heart, Bria Sativa Aguayo is a welder, horticulturalist and painter. It was while growing up in Dallas, Texas she discovered Earth's original artist, nature. Her fascination with the world’s diversity became the inspiration to look deeper and explore the colors, shapes, and textures the natural canvas had to offer, and so began a love affair that continues today.
Aguayo went on to hone her craft by pursuing degrees and certifications in Horticulture, Landscape Design and Welding. Much of her experience includes horticultural landscape solutions that use native, edible, and medicinal plants. Her focus is on sustainability, xeriscaping, low water and low maintenance design, along with Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).
Aguayo currently sits on the Executive Board of the American Welding Society (AWS) Atlanta Chapter, and is dedicated to educating people about the benefits and opportunities in welding. She is especially excited to get more women welding since they make less than 5% of welders. To do this she teaches welding classes at Mass Collective (a space for multidisciplinary collaboration) in Atlanta, Georgia.
With a cheerful “get it done” attitude and enthusiasm to share her passions, Bria Sativa Aguayo uplift others while finding ways to combine her love of welding, art, and plants. She broadened her scope and began working with nonprofits, small businesses, and residents throughout Georgia and New Jersey. She has recently launched an initiative recruiting the rentry population, unemployed, and underemployed to expose them to welding, assist in the process of becoming welders and connecting the new welders to employers.