I am currently working on my personal brand ONCA Sustainable Creativity, and focussing on developing it as a Social Enterprise based in my home country: Costa Rica.
Through the creation of sustainably designed products I’m locally addressing social, environmental and economical issues.
So far I’ve developed three collections:
Inspired by the mystical stone spheres of Costa Rica, these lamps are grown from mycelium and organic waste such as hemp stems, used coffee grounds and wood shavings.
I aim to explore the possibilities of developing compostable products making use of the excessive agroindustrial waste that is produced in Costa Rica (such as pineapple, banana and coffee fibres) bonded by other bio based materials such as mycelium.
Exploring the concept of ‘comfort as luxury’ these garments were locally produced by a group of head of home women in Costa Rica following zero waste and slow fashion methodologies.
The collection aims to open a new market niche of stay-at-home working men whose daily routines have been affected by COVID19. These garments are offered as capsule wardrobes that can be mixed and matched to be worn at home and casually.
These toys are handcrafted from the waste stream and offcuts from a local furniture workshop which sources its wood sustainably.
These limited edition pieces are inspired by the local wildlife and crafted from Nazareno, a precious tropical wood endemic to Costa Rica and Panama. This wood was used as a flooring for a house which was built in the 1950’s and was ‘rescued’ and reutilised as a new deck.
The next steps involve developing an e-commerce site where these products can be purchased and where the network of local workers and artists involved can be accessed.
Take a further look at the theory behind the projects developed in the following PDF documents.