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About Us

About Us

Tierra y Mano is a lifestyle brand that partners with female artisans in Latin America to create handcrafted, one of a kind pieces. We collaborate with artisans in the design process and help them reach a larger audience.

We are grounded in the mission of empowering women and supporting traditional arts and crafts made in the Americas. Every product we offer is handmade by artisans who are paid fair wages.

It is our goal to follow each product back to its source to ensure Tierra y Mano’s impact is regenerative to the earth. We will never participate in production methods that degrade soil, deplete resources, pollute the air and water, or harm our health. Over time, we hope our work will enrich the lives of everyone involved in our story, from farmer, to artisan, to you, our customer.

 

Tierra y Mano is a lifestyle brand that partners with female artisans in Latin America to create handcrafted, one of a kind pieces. We collaborate with artisans in the design process and help them reach a larger audience.

We are grounded in the mission to empower women and support traditional arts and crafts made in the Americas. Every product we offer is handmade by artisans who are paid fair wages and have good working conditions.

It is our goal to follow each product back to its source to ensure Tierra y Mano’s impact is regenerative to the earth. We will never participate in production methods that degrade soil, deplete resources, pollute the air and water, or harm our health. Over time, we hope our work will enrich the lives of everyone involved in our story, from farmer, to artisan, to you, our customer.

Meet the Artisans

Meet Our Team

Josefina Méndez López

Josefina is a master textile weaver and is in charge of all the operations in her family-run textile business. She has two daughters who are also learning the traditions of weaving and natural dyeing.

Jeronimo Méndez Alonzo

Jeronimo is Josefina's father. He is a master weaver. Traditionally, weaving has been a craft passed down only to men, but since Josefina was his only child, he passed down the family tradition to her, which makes this family unique in their community.

Hermelinda López Vicente

Hermelinda in Josefina's mother. She is responsible for preparing the wool before it is woven, a process that includes washing, carding, spinning, and dyeing. She also tends the garden that grows the plants used for natural dyeing.

Porfirio Hernandez Alavez

Porfirio is Josefina's husband and also a master weaver. The craft was passed down to him from his ancestors. Weaving has been practiced in his family for many generations.

Emerenciana Martínez

Known in her community as Doña Emy, she is the leader of her family's red clay business in Oaxaca. She brings her mastery and knowledge to every step of the ceramic-making process, from collecting the clay in the mountains, to firing over open flames.

Laura Martínez

Laura is Doña Emy's daughter. She recently turned 18 and is following in the footsteps of her ancestors by learning the many techniques involved in producing red clay ceramics.

Estela Bartolo Mateo

Estela is Doña Emy's friend and work partner. Together they work to create all of our pieces. Estela is also from an ancestral line of women who practice the craft of red clay ceramics.

Justa Martínez Mateo

Justa is Doña Emy's mother. No longer able to participate in the labor-intensive process of creating red clay ceramics, she supports the women in other ways, like cooking fresh tortillas on her comal.

Carolina Sanches

Carolina is the talented young artisan crafting our tassel earrings. She is from San Juan Chamula, a municipality in the state of Chiapas that is inhabited by the Tzotzle Mayan people. She has two young daughters, Rosio and Nelly. You can find Carolina and her husband Gilberto selling their handmade goods at the Santo Domingo artisan market in San Crisóbal de las Casas.

Juana Mendoza

Juanita is a master basket weaver. She has over 20 years of experience and has gained recognition nationally and internationally for her gorgeous designs and superb weaving techniques. She runs her operation from her home in the Mixtec Region of Oaxaca where she is helping to bring economic prosperity to her community.

Carolina Sanches

Carolina is the talented young artisan crafting our tassel earrings. She is from San Juan Chamula, a municipality in the state of Chiapas that is inhabited by the Tzotzil Mayan people. She has two young daughters, Rosio and Nelly. You can find Carolina and her husband Gilberto selling their handmade goods at the Santo Domingo artisan market in San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Araceli Gonzalez Carrasco
Outreach Specialist

An angel among us, Araceli has over 30 years of work experience in the state of Oaxaca. She has worked in a diverse range of fields from education to finance. As our Outreach Specialist she oversees the ground operations happening daily in Oaxaca. She supports our artisans and helps connect them to professional development opportunities. An artist herself, she spends her free time teaching embroidery workshops, and practicing hobbies such as weaving on a back strap loom. The entire Tierra y Mano team is especially thankful for Araceli as she is has been absolutely integral in connecting all of us together in order to bring this project to fruition.  

Araceli Gonzalez Carrasco
Outreach Specialist

An angel among us, Araceli has over 30 years of work experience in the state of Oaxaca. She has worked in a diverse range of fields from education to finance. As our Outreach Specialist she oversees the ground operations daily in Oaxaca. She supports our artisans by connecting them to professional development opportunities. Araceli spends her free time teaching embroidery workshops, and practicing hobbies such as weaving on a backstrap loom. The entire Tierra y Mano team is especially thankful for Araceli, as she has been integral in connecting us and bringing this project to fruition.  

Gabriela Sans
Designer

Gabriela is a multi-disciplinary artist from Mallorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean. She is the lead designer for our textile collection. Her background in interior design alongside her deep connection to the earth make her textiles a unique, ethereal addition to any home. In her free time, Gabi enjoys taking long walks from her home in Deiá with her dog, Malibu.

Stephanie Gardner
Founder and Principal

Stephanie Gardner
Founder and Principal

Stephanie is a Californian-Brazilian designer and photographer. She started Tierra y Mano as a way to support both art and women, two things that are very important to her. She speaks four languages fluently and lives with her partner, Javier, in Berkeley, CA.

Stephanie is a Californian-Brazilian designer and photographer. She started Tierra y Mano as a way to support both art and women, two things that are very important to her. She speaks four languages fluently and lives with her partner, Javier, in Berkeley, CA.

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