“Hi! I'm Gabriela Lafarga and I live in León, Guanajuato. In much of the world, we live in a culture where it is difficult for people to appreciate the value of your knowledge, your time, your work, and what you do with your hands. It has never been easy to appreciate a craft, despite the great cultural impact and what you take away with you--not just something tangible, but a history and a tradition. There is the phrase, "You are less expensive or you are different". I decided to do something different; that is how the idea of creating unique pieces came about.
“I started researching, reading, watching different tutorials, and of course, putting everything into practice, without stopping or limiting myself. From there, I forged the basis to make my pieces, always inspired by the materials, details, colors and shapes of Mexican culture. Each one carries with it a whole process and some degrees of difficulty. When deciding to work with leather, not all the material is useful in particular for the pieces that I manufacture; it must have a certain shape, color and thickness to become a wonderful jewelry box or that special portrait holder. I like to be aware of the remains or surpluses from each finished piece; this allows me to work on new pieces, combine materials and transform them into new and original items.
“I constantly seek inspiration. I like to walk in the colorful markets of my city, the place of commerce par excellence. I realize that currently in the market there are a lot of products offered in leather, but nothing similar to what I do. Also, each of my pieces is unique and so my clients know that they carry an authentic product.
“I like challenges, though it is also difficult to stay focused and motivated. It is inspiring and satisfying when clients tell me that “this piece is precious”; and although they tell me often, every time I hear it, it always feels unique and comforting.
“I want to build, develop and grow my work until it is recognized worldwide and becomes a source of work for my community. I would very much like to help and give work to people with limited resources, so that when making these pieces they find distraction and a way to feel better.”