"The artistic bond that we share as mother and daughter has inspired us to create a project focusing on Guatemalan materials and innovative designs."
"I was born and raised in Guatemala, and I come from a very united family with great human values. My parents weren't artisans, but they were hard working people. I studied fashion design and in 1994 I gave birth to my daughter, Estefanía. I was told I wouldn't be able to conceive anymore, which was a very difficult thing to bear, but I am grateful to life for giving me the opportunity of being the mother of this wonderful daughter with whom I share my dreams and passion for design.
"Estefanía is artistically gifted, and at her young age she is a talented designer with a penchant for innovation, while preserving the artistic traditions of our homeland. I have fond memories of her painting landscapes and giving them to our relatives. She loved designing party dresses for her and her friends when she was growing up. Her artistic gifts have led her to study further at an artistic academy and her dream is to be accepted by a university in New York," Stephanie tells us.
"The artistic bond that we share as mother and daughter has inspired us to create a project focusing on Guatemalan materials and innovative designs. We started by creating a handbag collection – I design and mom supervises production," Estefanía explains.
Stephanie continues, "The proceeds from our sales go towards a community project we started in 2010 in the city dump that supports 140 children in terms of academia, spirituality and rehabilitation."
"Being able to combine traditional textiles and national materials with our designs is a very beautiful and interesting process that has our personal stamp. I love what I do because I can transform my art into something beyond design: I work so that my art isn't static, and that through it we get to help others," says Estefanía with a smile.
"We would like Novica clients to know that Guatemala is a country with a magnificent artisan legacy, beautiful traditions, and loads of potential. Many thanks for your purchase, for through it you’re assisting children and their academic formation."