M + A is a destination devoted to art, artists, artisans and design. We are inspired by art as it relates to design: the soul, the spark that ignites beautiful ideas. We are equally as motivated by craft traditions passed down from generations.
We work with artisans to innovate design, product development and product diversification within each exquisite technique. By partnering with them and ensuring living wages, we honor the beauty of craft and help provide economic opportunities for these talented artisans and a future for these precious crafts.
The majority of the textiles that we develop at M + A are made by female artisans who have learned their craft from their mothers, and in turn, pass down their knowledge to their daughters. We take pride in supporting these women and by extension, their families. We know that by helping to empower women and their contributions we are helping to create a more inclusive global economy. We delight in sharing their story and hope that you will be as inspired as we are.
Giving Back to Our Community
We are also dedicated to helping folks closer to home and are active in giving back to our local community. We work with a fulfillment center in the Hudson Valley that employs people with disabilities, and we contribute to charities such as Feeding New York State, whose mission is "to lead a unified effort to ensure that every person in every community across New York State has access to good, healthy food", and God's Love We Deliver, a non-sectarian organization that prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to seriously ill people in the NY Metro area.
We believe that our work: from the art and artists who've inspired our designs to the artisan traditions that feed into each hand made item, will tell a story that is steeped in tradition but elevated by innovation.
Welcome to our world.
Margaret Ahearn, Founder / Designer / Creative Director