Entering Mariella Motilla’s atelier in Leon, Mexico is like walking into an enchanted garden filled with giant tropical plants, trees, and large sculptures created by her father. She comes from a very accomplished family—both parents started in architecture and became sculptors and painters with a massive studio on the property.
Her brother Omar does carpentry and designs furniture in the building next to her dad’s studio, and her brother Alonso is a jewelry designer. Luckily for us, Mariella’s passion is macrame and textile weaving.
As everything seems to be on a large-scale there—including the buildings which are a beautiful mix of stonework and glass—Mariella and the artists that work with her weave large-scale wall hangings and macrame chandeliers that hang in high-end hotels and restaurants throughout Mexico and the U.S.