M.A is aiming at providing fixed term employment for all 20 artisans the brand works with to guarantee them a stable income."
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.
TEAM: founder + 5 employees + 15 artisans.
LOCATION: Mexico City & Oaxaca, Mexico.
MATERIALS: Red clay & wool.
TECHNIQUE: Fire method and pedal loom.
IMPACT: M.A trains new artisans in order to share and strengthen local practices and knowledge.
The clay vases are burned with the traditional open fire method in Oaxaca and painted by hand by Melissa Àvila in their design studio in Mexico City. All pieces are one of a kind.
Each rug & pillow case and rug are made on traditional pedal looms from 100% organic wool from local sheep that are loved and respected. Until one of M.A's pieces reaches you the following steps are undertaken: wool gathering, washing, carding, hand spinning, dyeing, weaving, cleaning, brushing + sewing.
we work with
Artisan communities in oaxaca
M.A creates unique pieces that are handmade alongside artisans who specialize in different ancestral processes with the aim to help to preserve craftsmanship and create both opportunity and income using fair and horizontal manufacturing practices.