Tanya Aguiniga

Los Angeles–based designer Tanya Aguiñiga started out making furniture as an undergrad at RISD, but she was never one for the cold, clean line. Growing up in Tijuana, Mexico, she says, she was always more intrigued by colorful textiles. She’d already made chairs felted with sheep’s wool and foam loungers wrapped in strands of Goatland yarn, so when she decided to create something looser and lighter, the leap to fiber-based jewelry seemed a natural next step. Her original, dip-dyed rope bracelets and necklaces conjured memories of sailing and summer camp, but her latest creations, which incorporate materials like brass, metallic leaf, and leather, move the pieces into a more modern, graphics-inspired realm. All of Aguiñiga's pieces are made to order in her Los Angeles workshop.