Inspired by Artisans

Patti O'Neill, Modela owner, has been inspired by artisans and their craft traditions since the very first time she visited Mexico three decades ago.

Focusing on Mexico and Morocco, she seeks out those artisans that are making the best of their traditional design, often collaborating with the artisans to come up with contemporary versions of their products. Patti has established wonderful relationships with some of the artisans she has known over the years--especially in Oaxaca, Mexico, her home for many months out of the year. In Oaxaca, the textile and ceramic tradition is hundreds of years old and continues to thrive.

Working with talented artisans while delivering something unusual and beautiful back home, is one of the many rewards she finds with her business. Sustainable and low environmental impact products are highlighted. And always, ethical, fair pay for the artisans.

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