Carla Fernández is an artist, designer, and iconoclast who just happens to work in the medium of fashion to bring her vision to life. Carla comes to the Boiler Room in a show entitled Carla Fernández: Design Culture Mexico in April 2015.
Carla is about doing good, and doing it beautifully. She’s a leader in a new way of designing, partnering with (and not just using the handiwork of) highly skilled artisans who are often the last remaining practitioners of indigenous techniques. By doing this, Carla creates cutting-edge, unique designs that thrill the eye and the soul. Watch some of her clothing come to life here and see the skill and work of the artisans with whom she collaborates here.
Her approach to ethical production and respect for intellectual property rights has won her plaudits, as has her commitment to preserving artisanal heritage and creating a mechanism by which those communities can remain intact.
In 2013, Carla was one of 11 worldwide recipients of the Prince Claus Award based in Amsterdam, which recognizes artists whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. Her work has also appeared in ELLE, Vogue, In Fashion, ID, Harper’s Bazaar, and Wallpaper.
We’re thrilled and honored to bring her work, her story, and her vision to the Boiler Room.
Carla and her team work to incorporate the experience, design, and work of highly skilled seamstresses, knitters, and men who create leather fretwork, a traditional cowboy craft.
Mexico State is home of rebozo making for dresses, tops, and tunics. It is also the home of woodworking artisans whose work becomes bracelets, accessories, and purse handles.
This culturally rich area is the home of numerous artisans whose work includes the making of Chamula wool, delicate embroidery from San Juan Cancuc, and dimensional embroidery traditions from Chenalhó.
Traditional intricate machine embroidery from Yucatan becomes a part of dresses, tunics, and tops, while hand-knotting from Campeche (using recycled textiles) is worked into dresses.