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M.A is a project that combines artistic creations with artisanal methods. Based in Mexico City but with production seasons in different communities of Mexico, inspired by traditions, the autochthonous, native beliefs, and local knowledge. M.A counts a team of 20 artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico, and a design team in Mexico City, led by Melissa Ávila, a multidisciplinary artist from Tijuana.
FOUNDER: Melissa Ávila
TEAM: founder + 5 employees + 15 artisans.
LOCATION: Mexico City & Oaxaca, Mexico.
MATERIALS: Red clay & wool
TECHNIQUE: Fire method and pedal loom
Melissa is a multidisciplinary artist from Tijuana. She is also the founder of M.A. - a brand of handmade homegoods such as vases and rugs created in close collaboration with over 20 artisans from Oaxaca. She was educated in arts but never worked as a designer before. The launch of her brand was inspired by an unusual encounter with her current mentor - Paulina Encarnación Sosa - a Mazatec healer. M.A. stands for her initials but also a symbolic statement "eme-a" meaning "here I am" in Spanish.