Latin American Fair Design with a story attached

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Nixa Sierra

Bio 

Nixa Sierra uses LP covers and vintage magazines from the 20’s to 80’s to make her products. She reuses materials that would otherwise go to waste. Making each bag a unique piece with personality allows the owner to identify with the product. In 2004, as an industrial designer, she was unsatisfied with what she saw in the labour market: low labour conditions, industrialisation of products, and inefficient processes. She started to see the potential of materials others would treat as waste. She felt terrible seeing something in the garbage that took so much to produce. For example, an empty bottle keeps it’s characteristics. What is the use of throwing it away if it can be re-used? This sparked the idea to reuse LP and Magazine covers. And thus, her bags were born! At the question of why using synthetic leather, she said she believes it is more friendly to the environment than real leather and gives durability to the product.



A day with Nixa Sierra

                 
                   
At her shop you can find other products (from cleaning products to shoes made from grass), all eco-friendly   Nixa rescues the material through donations or at vintage markets. The covers a treated in order to protect it against water and oil.   The leather work starts. Johanna for example cuts the leather according to the purse’s patterns   Aida puts the purse together   Ximena gives the final touches to the purse and checks the quality  

 

Social impact

The workshop used to be owned by Nixa. She decided it was best to donate the workshop to Aida, one ot the employees, and her daughters Johanna and Ximena.  They are all single mothers coming from a disadvantage community. Nixa became their biggest client an also helped them to find more clients.

In this market, clients define the prices to pay for each bag. Unfortunately, it is not based on the work it takes. Nixa, on the contrary, asks them how much it costs to produce each bag so she can pay a fair price. It is just a beginning and Nixa is aware of more conditions that can be improved. Together, with Wana Bana, we are going to work on making more improvements. The first project is to improve the air quality of the workshop!

Environmental impact

The biggest impact would be the reuse of material that otherwise would go to the trash.