Born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, Illinois. She learned how to sew by observing her grandmother and then sitting with her mother as she sewed garments for her family. Carina has been a photographer since a young age and learned the quilting technique from the co-op of women Puntadas del Alma.
Her body of photographs and quilted applique works explores her narrative and connections to being Mexicana-Americana. Using layers, patterns and stitches, her quilts tell the stories of the emotions surrounding the perspectives and history of her heritage.