'As a daughter of the land, I’ve always envisioned a creative life for my family that is rooted in connectedness—to a culture, a people and more importantly, to a way of life. A life where less is more. Where made by hand also means harvesting the plants, extracting their fibers, mixing our own organic dyes, and spinning and weaving the fibers. The inspiration for our vision came from the incredible and talented artisans who possess knowledge that has been passed down through many generations. It was here I began to see the possibilities for textile innovation unlike anything I have encountered and now in collaboration with our artisans, we’re reaching a new level of sophistication in textile and luxury product design – while at the same time, sustaining and nourishing a mindful way of life.'
Ascension of 13 pushes the aesthetic and technical possibilities of designing with plant ﬁbres, channeling Angela Damman’s background in product innovation into a light installation. The work is made of handcrafted iron and sisal from the Agave plant, which is indigenous to Yucatán, Mexico.
Since 2012, Angela has brought her passion for sustainable design to Yucatán in a thriving partnership with talented local artisans. They work side by side to create luxury textiles and products from native plant ﬁbres. The ‘ancianos’, or ancient ones, still use tools and techniques from eras long ago. The preservation of their culture and knowledge is Angela’s ongoing priority; she collaborates with them to breathe new life into their ancient traditions and bring renewed vitality and economic opportunities to their communities.