This appreciation translates into respect for nature from the choice of materials. The bags are made with vegan cactus "leather" - a sustainable alternative to animal skin - due to its low use of water, partially biodegradable and free of toxic chemicals. Details such as red basting, embroidered brooches and macramé straps accentuate the sensitivity of the tactile - the handmade.
The bags take a hybrid form from spherical containers and shirt details - combining organic and structured in a way that distorts volumes - flattening the spheres and padding the shirt collars - thus altering the perception of conventional shapes.
This collection is a tribute to my ancestors - bathed in indigenous references to the Brazilian film “Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos”, archival photographs from Haiti and the imaginary creation of an unknown grandmother. The fiction is narrated through the bags as protagonists - with a subdued extravagance, warm colors, overlapping textures and transparencies, and the reinterpretation of the shirt.
The name of the collection evokes the first chapter of a book, but it is also a double reference to being "one" formed by multiple identities. ” With the inspiration of the ancestors I seek to navigate these themes by the need to understand the Caribbean identity - which always seems to fluctuate. The reference to the ancestors involves both my direct ancestors, as well as my ancestors inherited by the land and the culture that shaped me - such as the original inhabitants of the island, the Arawakos.