Handcrafted jewelry in leather and sterling silver in Mexico
"I think what I enjoy the most is the infinity of things you can create. Every time I develop a new design, I immediately see a way I could… transform it into a completely new design.""I'm Diego Ortiz and I work in leather and craft jewelry.
"I consider myself a persistent person in the face of all the difficulties life presents. When making decisions, I always try to stay calm and not lose my head. I'm honest and hardworking — it seems there's never a time when I can say I'm through for the day.
"In the university, I studied international commerce. I didn't study to become a designer but I became one. It was love at first sight! I've always liked leather and was constantly crafting something with leather but I didn't know how to begin. And I didn't have any money, either. So I began by making something small and basic — bracelets.
"In my family, no one has ever worked in anything like leather or jewelry. When I set up my workshop, no one believed in me at first. It took years of work to change this negativity and skepticism.
"Working on my own has been quite a challenge but I know I'd never exchange long days of hard work doing something I love for checking a time clock in some business setting.
"My father always told me 'the sun rises every day for everyone.' So I've never wanted to turn to untrustworthy ways of doing things, not even with my competitors. No. Day by day, I try to be coherent in this way. What we do in my workshop is to support our people, to pay the artisans who help me more than the going rate. In this way, I feel I am helping them to have a better quality of life.
"The artisans and I learn together. Having ruined a number of designs has served to show me my errors so that I can correct them and improve the quality of my work. I select the very best materials. And I recycle the leather scraps leftover from my work so that nothing is wasted.
"As far as design is concerned, I seek perfection and harmony. My inspiration comes from practically everything I see — the style of old Mexican haciendas, Greek mythology and pre-Hispanic art — among many other themes.
"I think what I enjoy the most is the infinity of things you can create. Every time I develop a new design, I immediately see a way I could add something or remove something and transform it into a completely new design.
"My dream is to grow as a designer, as an artisan and as a person. But at the same time, I want everyone who contributes to this workshop to grow with me."
11 items by Diego Ortiz
Death and LifeMexican Double Strand Braided Leather Bracelet in Brown
Death in BlackGold Accented Leather Braided Skull Pendant Bracelet
Size: 8.5" L (end to end) x 0.4" W$99.99
Nautical TwistGold Plated Leather Braided Pendant Bracelet from Mexico
Rich Tradition in BlackMexican Hand Braided Gold Plated Leather Bracelet in Black
Mexican Skulls in BlackMexican Black Leather Gold-plated Skull Pendant Bracelet
Nautical KnotHandcrafted Leather Braided Pendant Bracelet from Mexico
Earth and LifeSterling Silver Accented Hand Braided Leather Bracelet
Stylish DeathMexican Sterling Silver Skull Hand Braided Leather Bracelet
Triumphant LifeHand Braided Leather Bracelet with Skull Accents from Mexico
Supple DeathMen's Leather Braided Bracelet with Sterling Silver Skulls