For M.A I create unique pieces that are handmade alongside artisans who specialize in different ancestral processes. I hope this project can be a bridge to the native communities of Mexico, helping to preserve craftsmanship and create both opportunity and income using fair and horizontal manufacturing practices. I am also interested in capacitations of new artisans in order to share and strengthen local practices and knowledge.
I currently live in Mexico City where I also dedicate myself to cultural management focused on education, inclusion and digital culture. I am a photographer and workshop facilitator in experimental drawing and image.
Mathilda Almer Design started in October 2017 with the main focus on products for children and children's rooms.
My biggest inspiration are my two daughters, and they act both as idea creators and test pilots for the products. Everything is produced on a small scale by hand and is made in limited unique editions.
The company started with prints. Often, there is a small story behind each drawing / figure. My prints are printed at Typografiska Ateljén, a family-owned printing company in Tumba, which is completely environmentally certified.
I also produce textile products for children. They are sewn / embroidered as much as possible from recycled fabrics.
I also have wall decorations in wood, which are made of waste material.
Working on textiles has always close to my heart and I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when I was a kid. She was an expert in all textile areas. When other children had horses and football as a hobby, I had the textile handy work.
Relato Nativo is born high in the mountains of Oaxaca, in the Sierra Sur (Southern Sierra) of Mexico. The project is initiated by the artist Mafer Bretón, as a need to return to the natural in her day to day.
At the beginning it started as a textile artistic project, where botanical elements and references to natural medicine decorated the huipiles (traditional indigenous dresses) that she designs herself. At that time, she embroidered each huipil herself, but very soon she had to seek help because the work was extensive.
This is how she began to collaborate with Zapotec women in the area, working together with several families of women embroiderers; They have been working for several years based on the concept of fair trade in the Southern Sierra of Oaxaca, working with women from different towns near it.
Her thematic as an artist, has been focused on the topics of natural medicine, however, eventually she decided to pause the production of clothing to fully get into the knowledge of herbal medicine and botanicals. "If I'm going to talk about herbal medicine in my art, first of all I need to know it, study it, live it, practice it, the medicine of the Earth is our cure, and it's what I love to live and share. they would make no sense if I approached them solely from the theory and it was not a topic that I am deepening or a reality that I was not living. "
Originally from Spain and currently based in Munich, I have 10 years' experience providing visual solutions to clients from a broad range of industries.
My specialties include fashion illustration, book illustration, custom portraits, brand development, logo design, invitations and posters for events.
Sultana Oriental Cosmetics.
My name is Amal Boutahar and I'm a native Moroccan. My father comes from Erfoud - the last city before the vastness of the Sahara desert. The blood of the proud nomads, who know every single stone and shrub in this wild and beautiful land, still flows in his veins. The seemingly dry ground holds many treasures ready for those who know its secrets. Thus, traditional herbal medicine is still typical of the desert regions.
My mother, on the other hand, comes from the majestic Fes - the oldest of the four royal cities of Morocco. Fès is widely known for its treasures of art and culture, as well as extraordinary sophistication in everything related to cosmetics and personal care. With her very light skin, my mother fulfilled the beauty ideal of that region. The secret, to preserve her beauty and to emphasize it by clever make-up, she learned again from my great-grandmother, under whose care she grew up in Fès. Even then, my great-grandmother was considered a very dominant and strong woman who passed on her self-confidence to the younger generations. It was she who taught all the women of our family the art of beauty. A tradition that has always been handed down from mother to daughter.
The idea of offering vegan natural cosmetic products that take advantage of Moroccan or Oriental raw materials but still meet European standards of handling, quality and design is my personal dream.