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fiberbundles are here!

Dorian Iten

Hello fiberfriends, we just released 6 one-of-a-kind fiberbundles !!!
Each has a custom handmade box, a handmade necklace fiber-chain, and is numbered + signed by Zaida Adriana.

Bringing these to life is truly a creatively nourishing act and we hope you enjoy them.

Created through exploration, meditation, and slow immersive dialogue with the materials, fibers, scraps, and tools gathered/collected in the studio; fiberbundles are born from intuitive stream-of-consciousness making sessions that express the alchemic power of the artistic process: transforming humble materials into something precious and magical.

Each of these fiber sculptures is unique, a memento art piece meant to be lived with - on your finger, around your neck, or in a special place in your home.

We are sending them out into the world on August 22nd 2015, so if you'd like to adopt one of these pieces... 

And, here's a special treat: sign up to our newsletter to get 22% off on your fiberbundle purchase.

Making something out of nothing, or precisely, luring something from the unconscious and giving it material form is the closest thing to real magic there is in this world.
— Michael Bonasteel

CATALYSTA's Dream Job Series

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

September 1st marked the official launch of Catalysta.org, a quarterly digital magazine with a mission to inspire careers driven by passion and benefit to the common good.

Catalysta guides us through an evolving landscape of meaningful careers, introduced by industry pioneers who are establishing inroads to a more balanced world. 

Through videos, podcasts and articles they introduce professionals from an expanse of fields, whose ongoing commitment to community is invigorating a movement for widespread purposeful work.

Each issue will dedicate half of its content to one industry; the first is Fashion and Apparel.*

I was asked to be a contributor for Catalysta's Dream Job SeriesThrough self-recorded interviews and documentation of my surroundings -during the months of May 2013 through December 2013- I shared a bit of the BALMASEDA story.  

And, so did 5 other brave female entrepreneurs from around the world who's intentions and success fueled my desire to continue doing the work I love:

We invite you to take a look at Dream Job, and follow us as we further our journey toward meaningful work. 3 out of 8 episodes are live now!

Also be sure to check out the other inspiring programs Catalysta is putting together!

  • Dream Job: Young entrepreneurs from around the world video-blog their pursuit of a dream job. Designers and start-up organizations in Canada, the US, Hong Kong, and Norway have a fresh approach to share.
  • Role Models: Stories about trailblazing professionals and their commitment to the common good. Debut stories feature Bob Bland's efforts to reinvigorate New York City's garment district, Kaight, the eco boutique, and a behind the scenes look at Eileen Fisher's approach to social responsibility and sustainability. 
  • State of the Art: Industry insiders come together to discuss their field and its potential for evolution. Join Sass Brown (author of ReFashioned), Jasmin Malik Chua (Ecouterre), and Marci Zaroff (Founder, Under the Canopy & Producer of the upcoming film, Thread) for a rousing conversation. 
  • Agents of Change: Psychologists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers offer insights and exercises that can transform you and your career.
  • The Open Question Podcast: Guests from an array of professions explore an urgent issue and work that can make a difference.
  • MunchCo Calling!: A cast of animal puppets tell the humorous adventures of ambitious canine CEO, Ralph Munch, and his transformation from traditional doggy capitalist to socially responsible citizen.*

*Information gathered from Catalysta's website and their Indiegogo campaign page.

hand-knit + hand-spun recycled fabric yarn

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

Have you visited our newly-launched SHOP?
Have you seen our hand-knit + hand-spun recycled fabric yarn pieces?

This all began as an experiment with the intention of being resourceful while creating an interesting new material out of discarded 'soon-to-be-waste' fibers, a simple portable tool -a drop spindle-, and lots of loving hands.

Zaida's grandparents, her mother, her sister and some good friends all learned to spin and prepare this beautiful yarn. We have polished this technique over the past two years.

Our hand-knit + hand-spun recycled fabric yarn goods are made entirely by hand from 100% recycled fabrics at estudioBALMASEDA in New York and Puerto Rico. We gather most of our fabric scraps from local designer's cutting room floors, and occasionally receive donations from individuals and organizations. Some of our partners are STUDY-NYAuralisDaniel SilversteinTextile Arts Center, and Miss Sportswear Inc.

These fabrics are sorted, cut into strips, attached, and hand-spun into a fantastic uniquely textured yarn. Then, we hand-knit them into one-of-a-kind pieces that allow the yarn to tell its story.

But, it is more than a special yarn; we chose to make pieces that can be worn in various ways, and that celebrate our diverse bodies. The tops are comfortable, and versatile to be used alone, layer them, turn them inside out or wear them backwards. Whichever way you decide to carry them, I am sure you will feel the love and care that went into their crafting.

Since much of this project has been developed in Puerto Rico, with the hope of having most of these pieces made there… I decided to honor my roots and invite a few close friends from my creative Puerto Rican community in New York to collaborate. We came together to produce images that were simple, genuine and expressed the holistic intention of this project. We caught up, dressed up, and discussed life in PR and away from it. Working with friends and sharing the joy of the artistic process yields wonderful results and fond long-lasting memories. 

Maria Amelia Cotarelo, Daniela Fabrizi, and Patricia González (our models) contributed to the styling and direction of the shoot; their energy and support was the best gift.

Our photographer, Amaro Vega, is a long-time friend from my days at Central High School of Visual Arts in Santurce. We keep sharing our growth/ journey! 

Photo-editing was done by my super-partner Dorian Iten.

And talented Director/Filmmaker Xavier Medina joined us to capture some behind-the-scenes whimsy. 


I am incredibly grateful to have such kind-hearted and supportive people that continuously encourage, support, and contribute to BALMASEDA and my other creative endeavors.

Cheers to YOU!

Transparency, Our Ethics, Our Process

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

With the SHOP launch on the horizon, I got inspired to update our ABOUT page.

Now you can read a more complete information about BALMASEDA’s philosophy, materials, process, collaborations, and our community engagement. Transparency is a beautiful thing, and we are proud to share the details behind the good and conscious choices we make. 

We hope that this new page will answer any questions you might have, and serve to start a conversation about the importance of cultivating a symbiotic relationship between what we make, what we have, and our environment!

SHOP LAUNCH!

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE...
The launch of the -virtual- BALMASEDA SHOP!

FINALLY, we are able to make our creations available to you directly.

Now, lovingly-crafted BALMASEDA pieces can go from my hands (and those of my magical helpers) to yours. This gives us the opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with YOU, and to send out beautifully packed ‘gifts’ that will incite you to have an un-wrapping ritual.

We have 6 one-of-a-kind hand-knit pieces made with our special hand-spun recycled fabric yarn (from 100% recycled fabrics gathered, spun and knit in New York and Puerto Rico): a cropped sweater, a crop top, a vest, two halter tops, and a camisole!

We chose pieces that could be worn in various ways, and that celebrate our diverse bodies. The tops are comfortable, and versatile to be used alone, layer them, turn them inside out or wear them backwards.

 

GO TAKE A LOOK!

PS: We would love to hear from you:

We’ve set-up a short questionnaire to get some feedback that will help us keep evolving! In gratitude of your time and thoughtful comments, we are ‘raffling’ a small, one-of-a-kind, hand-made, fiber adornment!

Oh, don’t forget to include your name and email. On September 1st we will draw a number from the submitted questionnaires to choose a lucky recipient!