Enter her L.A. studio, and you’ll find it packed with skeins of wool and pieces of fabric. There’s prickly goat-hair yarn from a fixture of the city’s 1970s weaving scene. A leather belt that’s a loom used by women in Chiapas, Mexico. While her designs are contemporary, Aguiñiga is clearly inspired by traditional craft.
Raised in Tijuana, she took a bus across the border every day to go to school in San Diego. From that experience grew what she calls her “two-sidedness” and knack for contrasting cultural references in her designs. For a series of brightly colored folding chairs, she took damaged chairs and nursed them back to life by hand-felting each one, making a mass-produced object feel unique. “The color and felt change it to the opposite of its original identity,” she says, distilling exactly what makes her designs so witty and appealing. aguinigadesign.com