Today we are diving into the world of sustainable designer Amalya Meira. With passion and a constant smile, she describes her work as “all things that make me happy.” As one of Pildora’s most unique designers, we had to capture what led her to create such intriguing, sustainable, and wearable art pieces. Since it is, in fact, no easy feat.
Amalya Meira grew up close to the city watching her mother create visual art. She looked up to her mother and kept a watchful eye on her creations. Amalya learned to pay attention to both color and texture in different forms. Creating art was soon part of who she was, so moving into fashion as an art form was only natural. When the decision to chase her dream gained momentum, she attended Central Saint Martins and Parsons, pursuing a degree in textiles and design.
During these studies, she developed unique and artisanal practices that can now be seen in her sustainable line, Amalya Meira. She created the line and started selling pieces about five years ago; however, it took off about two and a half years ago when her brand started getting recognition. Currently, the designs are created in her shared studio and home space that she describes as colorful and lively, filled with unique pieces such as her grandmother’s trunk that she brought with her from London to America.
Amalya describes her designs as “the merge between beauty and grit.” The pieces are uniquely made to be both wearable and sustainable art. To create the garments, she sources her fabrics from thrift shops around New York City and beyond. Then, the scraps and pieces from her finds are draped creatively on the form, without any flat pattern needed. This allows her to see her one-of-a-kind creations come to life.
When asked about what led her to the sustainability movement, she describes the process as a natural occurrence. Her design professor at Parsons started recognizing the sustainability of her pieces before she even realized herself. Now it’s something that sets her apart in the world of fashion, and she has become increasingly passionate about it.
Looking to the future, Amalya says she never wants to outsource her company. She plans to keep the design and creation in-house. Right now, she’s a one-woman show, but eventually, she would consider training other artisans to join the team and expand the production process. One practice she wants to increase is Cyanotype printing, something Amalya is known to use on many of her garments. This is a sustainable practice that uses sunlight to change natural fibers into colors. She likes to crease the fabric before applying the technique, which in turn creates an interesting gradient of color on each piece. Pildora looks forward to seeing what other unique practices Amalya takes on, but until then we are excited to share her current designs on the shop.