22 Artists and their Embodiment of Freedom through one product


Design Insider’s theme this month is Product Focus and for Design Week Mexico last year, BCFA member Astro Lighting were kind enough to donate some of their ‘Eclipse’ wall lights to Mexican Charity ‘Pro Mujeres Cautivas’ a cause that helps women in vulnerable situations. What a way to inspire through an individual product!

‘Pro Mujeres Cautivas’ believe in supporting women regardless of their past. The organisation seeks to provide the necessary training opportunities so that these women can be productive, useful to society and live a more fulfilled life.eclipseTo help raise money for Pro Mujeres Cautivas, Astro and Mexico City based lighting specialist Diez Company are holding a charity fundraiser ‘Lights for Freedom’.

Astro has donated a number of our best-selling ‘Eclipse’ wall lights to twenty artists who will use the lights as a blank canvas to create a piece of art based on the concept of freedom. The art has been auctioned off, with all proceeds raised going towards the amazing work of Pro Mujeres Cautivas.

Take a look at what these artists produced;

Gina MorenoGina Moreno-GrandeGina is a Mexican Designer and Art Director who has worked in New York for Chermayeff & Geismar & Haiv.

Isabelle Haymanisabelle haymanIsabelle is a a british textile designer who has exhibited her work in group shows and private galleries since the mid-90s.

Hugo LaurenceHugo LaurenceBorn in Argentina in 1950, living in Mexico since 2000, Hugo has exhibited his work all around the world.

Javier Henríquez LaraJavier Heriquez-LaraJavier is a Mexican designer who obtained a degree in Design and is a teacher in ITESO.  He was a member of Colectivo Hematoma.

Martha FloresMartha FloresEngraver, sketcher, illustrator, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznañ, Poland. Martha is now  a teacher and researcher in UAMX.

Manuel Monroymanuel monroyGraphic designer graduated from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.

Luis RojasLuis RojasLuis is an Industrial Designer at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, collaborator in Nowicka Studio where he designs furniture, performs project communication, and representations through mixed digital techniques.

Jorge TellaecheJorge TellaecheJorge is Mexican and he has collaborated with the Contemporary Art Museum in San Diego.  Since 2009 he has exhibited his work in several galleries around the globe.

Katarzyna LaskowskaKatarzyna LaskowskaProfessor Katarzyna Laskowska runs the Design Studio PE-P in University of Arts in Poznań, Poland.

Héctor MaderaHector Madera Born in Puerto Rico, Hector fundamentally works with collage.  His work has been exhibited all over the world.

Gabriela SanchezGabriela SanchezGabriela is Mexican and graduated from The Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Founder of GSYSB whose specialism is in storytelling through textiles and drawings.

Ricardo CavoloRicardo CavoloRicardo is one of the most international Spanish illustrators, he has exhibited his work in galleries in London, Madrid, Montreal, Barcelona and Porto.

Beata NowickaBeata NowickaBeata has two decades of being an architect, interior designer, furniture designer, and academic, and as head of her design firm and of the Interior Architecture department in CENTRO.

Daniel VillelaDaniel VillelaDaniel is the owner and creative in Phigmento. He is currently the illustration tutor in the Studio Fashion Development Project.

Jorge HaussJorge HaussJorge is a Mexican who graduated from ENPEG La Esmeralda, specialized in New Media. Engraver, draftsman, photographer, filmmaker, sculptor, and installer.

Ileana Pérez RoblesAmalia Perez RoblesBorn in Mexico City (1991) she studied Graphic Design in the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco, and photography in the Escuela Activa.

Brenda FrancoBrenda FrancoBrenda Franco, Mexican visual artist living in Munich graduated from the Universidad Anahuac as Industrial Designer.  She has pursued a career in Interior Design.

Fernando MonroyFernando MonroyFernando is a student of the degree in Visual Communication in CENTRO.  Fernando bases most of his work, which has been published in a magazine called Konbini, on digital illustration.

Laura KirarLaura KirarLaura Kirar, graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in sculpture and interior architecture. She is the founder and creative director of Laura Kirar Design.

Mauricio GalgueraMauricio GalgueraMauricio graduated from “La Esmeralda” National Art and Sculpture School.

 José Pablo Carrillo ArtigasPablo CarrilloBorn in Mexico City (1993) he is currently studying Visual Communication in CENTRO.

Arturo ArvizuArturo ArvisuGraduated from Parson’s School of Design in Paris. Since then, he has presented 13 one-man shows in New York, San Francisco, Miami and Mexico City where he currently lives.

Astro were thrilled to be part of such a fantastic, worthwhile event that will improve the lives of so many women and families across Mexico.

John Fearon, Astro co-founder and Chairman said;

“I am delighted to support this worthwhile cause. It aligns perfectly with the Astro values of using the creativity within our business to make a positive impact in the countries around the world where our products are sold. Thank you to [Diez Company] for their inspiration and energy.” 

Can you think of a product that inspires you? Tell us about it in the comments below…





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