Azteca Negra is a culturally-conscious line of textile, handmade jewelry, accessories, and novelty pieces. Azteca Negra is where indigenous and modern art, fashion, and culture intersect. All pieces are original designs and crafted using handpicked, cultural textiles, natural beads, and 100% upcycled leather. Azteca Negra believes that it is important to conserve our resources, and uses upcycled/ reclaimed and eco-friendly crafting materials when possible.
About the Artist
I am Marisol Catchings, a San Francisco Bay Area native of Chicana and Black heritage. I am a self-taught artist, writer, and entrepreneur. I am the owner and designer of Azteca Negra and co-founder of Just Be. I have many artistic inclinations, with writing being my introduction to the art world.
I have been blessed to come from a long line of beautiful, multifaceted women artisans, and use my firmly rooted ancestral identity to design pieces that merge culture, modern art, geometric principles and traditional textiles. Many of my pieces are created using textiles from Mexico and various African countries, as well as upcycled leather and natural beads. All of these beautiful pieces are my original designs and handcrafted with love.
In many cultures across the world, the use of traditional textiles is present in the respective indigenous economies, fashion, art, and spiritual belief systems. It is my ambition to celebrate and share indigenous art-form practices, beliefs, and positive messages through my artistic designs.