Working together

We believe that dialogue and the exchange of ideas enriches everything. We collaborate with a team of talented people from all over Oaxaca, Chiapas, Italy and the United States.  

 
 
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TEAM PROFILES

 
Maddalena Forcella | Co-Founder

Maddalena Forcella | Co-Founder

Efren | Madda Studio Designer  Venezuelan, born in Caracas, graduated in graphic design, studied architecture in Caracas, applied arts in Florence, Italy. From 1987 to the present he has developed works of image and design research in different disciplines: free and applied graphics, costumes, set design and art direction for performing arts, ambience, interior design. From 2002 to date he has worked as an interpreter and performance artist for national choreographers and his own creations. He served as art director, set designer and costume designer for the National Dance Center Foundation in Caracas-Venezuela, directed the chair of advanced drawing in the School of Visual Communication, Prodiseño, directed the department of design of costume III of the mention Theatrical Design at the Experimental University of the Arts UNEARTE. He currently resides in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he has worked as a graphic designer, costumes and set design for dance and theater companies such as: La Rueca Theater Laboratory, Cuernavaca. Fóramen M. Ballet, Cuernavaca, Ceprodac, CDMX., Tierra Independiente, Oaxaca.

Efren | Madda Studio Designer

Venezuelan, born in Caracas, graduated in graphic design, studied architecture in Caracas, applied arts in Florence, Italy. From 1987 to the present he has developed works of image and design research in different disciplines: free and applied graphics, costumes, set design and art direction for performing arts, ambience, interior design. From 2002 to date he has worked as an interpreter and performance artist for national choreographers and his own creations. He served as art director, set designer and costume designer for the National Dance Center Foundation in Caracas-Venezuela, directed the chair of advanced drawing in the School of Visual Communication, Prodiseño, directed the department of design of costume III of the mention Theatrical Design at the Experimental University of the Arts UNEARTE. He currently resides in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he has worked as a graphic designer, costumes and set design for dance and theater companies such as: La Rueca Theater Laboratory, Cuernavaca. Fóramen M. Ballet, Cuernavaca, Ceprodac, CDMX., Tierra Independiente, Oaxaca.

Margarita | Studio Assistanat  Margarita works in the studio doing sewing, embroidery and crochet. Her expert embroidery skills has led her to be sought out by many artists with whom she has collaborated.

Margarita | Studio Assistanat

Margarita works in the studio doing sewing, embroidery and crochet. Her expert embroidery skills has led her to be sought out by many artists with whom she has collaborated.

Josefina | Madda Studio Stitcher  Josefina joins the rugs together

Josefina | Madda Studio Stitcher

Josefina joins the rugs together

Gilberto | Madda Studio Weaver  Gilberto was trained as a weaver in the Kun Kun civil association of which Maddalena was co-founder in 1995 in San Cristóbal de las Casas. After studying a career in law he decided that what he wanted was to continue weaving and is now a recognized master weaver.

Gilberto | Madda Studio Weaver

Gilberto was trained as a weaver in the Kun Kun civil association of which Maddalena was co-founder in 1995 in San Cristóbal de las Casas. After studying a career in law he decided that what he wanted was to continue weaving and is now a recognized master weaver.

John | Madda Studio Business Advisor  John Gouldthorpe is interested in keeping traditional textile skills alive and the community's that honor them. He's been involved in the formation of several nonprofits - two of which are: "The Clayton Lewis Institute for Arts and Ecology" and "KWMR - West Marin's Community Radio Station." He's been a project management consultant to Fortune 500 Companies and enjoys giving structure and guidance to projects that he believes in. The work of Maddalena Forcella embodies much of what he wants to foster in this world.

John | Madda Studio Business Advisor

John Gouldthorpe is interested in keeping traditional textile skills alive and the community's that honor them. He's been involved in the formation of several nonprofits - two of which are: "The Clayton Lewis Institute for Arts and Ecology" and "KWMR - West Marin's Community Radio Station." He's been a project management consultant to Fortune 500 Companies and enjoys giving structure and guidance to projects that he believes in. The work of Maddalena Forcella embodies much of what he wants to foster in this world.

Marie Farneth | Co-Founder

Marie Farneth | Co-Founder

Giorgia | Madda Studio Muse

Giorgia | Madda Studio Muse

Rosa | Chamula Community Liaison & Interpreter  Translator to the groups of women spinners in Chiapas

Rosa | Chamula Community Liaison & Interpreter

Translator to the groups of women spinners in Chiapas

Antonio | Madda Studio Weaver  Weaver in Teotitlan del Valle

Antonio | Madda Studio Weaver

Weaver in Teotitlan del Valle

Bonifacio | Madda Studio Weaver  Weaver in Tlahuitolpetec. In 1997 through a school exchange he resides for a year in San Cristobal de Las Casas to learn the craft of weaving and as a student of Maddalena in textile design and natural dyes. Now he owns a textile workshop with several employees in Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca.

Bonifacio | Madda Studio Weaver

Weaver in Tlahuitolpetec. In 1997 through a school exchange he resides for a year in San Cristobal de Las Casas to learn the craft of weaving and as a student of Maddalena in textile design and natural dyes. Now he owns a textile workshop with several employees in Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca.

Luis | Madda Studio Anthropologist  Luis has over 30 years working with indigenous people in Chiapas in community development. His work focuses on the recognition of the Craft in the Highlands of Chiapas Region. In addition, he studies the viability of the livestock and agricultural production on the basis of its socio-economic relation. He coordinates the three groups of wool spinners we work with in the Highland of Chiapas.

Luis | Madda Studio Anthropologist

Luis has over 30 years working with indigenous people in Chiapas in community development. His work focuses on the recognition of the Craft in the Highlands of Chiapas Region. In addition, he studies the viability of the livestock and agricultural production on the basis of its socio-economic relation. He coordinates the three groups of wool spinners we work with in the Highland of Chiapas.

Georgia | Madda Studio Communications

Georgia | Madda Studio Communications

Rufina | Madda Studio Seamstress  Passionate about sewing, she trained as a dressmaker almost self-taught. A widow at a very young age, with her work as a seamstress she has raised her children.

Rufina | Madda Studio Seamstress

Passionate about sewing, she trained as a dressmaker almost self-taught. A widow at a very young age, with her work as a seamstress she has raised her children.

Diana | Studio Assistanat  Diana has been working with Maddalena since 2011. Together they began to experiment with the technique of felt and nuno. Now she is the one in charge of working the projects of nuno felting either in the studio where together with Maddalena she carries out the experimentation for new projects or in her house in San Agustin Etla, where she has installed her workshop and when the production requires, involves her sister and her husband to help her.

Diana | Studio Assistanat

Diana has been working with Maddalena since 2011. Together they began to experiment with the technique of felt and nuno. Now she is the one in charge of working the projects of nuno felting either in the studio where together with Maddalena she carries out the experimentation for new projects or in her house in San Agustin Etla, where she has installed her workshop and when the production requires, involves her sister and her husband to help her.

Julian | Madda Studio Weaver  Weaver in Teotitlan del Valle

Julian | Madda Studio Weaver

Weaver in Teotitlan del Valle

Madda Studio Yarn Producers

Madda Studio Yarn Producers

Takashi | Madda Studio Business Advisor, Photographer  Takashi Fukuda was initially engaged to photograph and document the extraordinary process, craft and products of Madda Studio. Through that initial exposure, he has developed a deeper interest in the Studio’s operation, mission and growth by providing business and operational guidance. As a photographer and ceramicist himself, he believes in the critical importance of sustaining traditional craft, but also understands the practical necessity to operate a sustainable business. Takashi is a business and operations consultant for the architectural design community. He is thrilled to be a small part of this collective group and contribute to its growth and success.

Takashi | Madda Studio Business Advisor, Photographer

Takashi Fukuda was initially engaged to photograph and document the extraordinary process, craft and products of Madda Studio. Through that initial exposure, he has developed a deeper interest in the Studio’s operation, mission and growth by providing business and operational guidance. As a photographer and ceramicist himself, he believes in the critical importance of sustaining traditional craft, but also understands the practical necessity to operate a sustainable business. Takashi is a business and operations consultant for the architectural design community. He is thrilled to be a small part of this collective group and contribute to its growth and success.