Once Upon an Artisan

Jun 28, 2016 | Designer Profile

New to TVM this Sunday is Once Upon an Artisan, the brainchild of Karina Davila who will be showcasing unique and ethical knitwear handcrafted by artisans in her homeland of  Peru.


"It was 4 years ago when I realized I wanted to bring the beauty of Alpaca breeders and weavers to the world and contribute with the development of my country, Peru. The weavers live in remote communities in the Andes mountains and Alpacas are their main source of income. In 2015, I left my job in a travel company, went back to nature and began this dream.

Once Upon an Artisan believes in sustainability, in a slow lifestyle, in conscious decisions, in buying less and smarter, in doing what we love in an ethical way and contributing to a better world.'

TVM: What pieces are included within your range?

Ethical Alpaca knitwear: sweaters, cardigans, ponchos, shawls and beanies. Andean fabric clutches, bags, accessories and rugs

What is your creative background?

I am an artisan by heart, I inherited the ability with my hands from my grandfather who was making things all the time in his little workshop.

Since then I have always done things and explored from stained glass to origami, from macramé to carving stamps. I am also a photographer and design enthusiast.

Where is the label designed and made?

It is 100% Ethically made in Peru.

What inspires you?

Having been born in a country where weavers, textiles and artisans are part of my heritage, I’ve seen, admire and done crafts all my life. I’ve always been inspired by artisans, who keep traditional techniques alive.

Latest collection consists of?

All our pieces are timeless and one-of-a-kind. We believe in slow fashion so our garments are not only beautiful but sustainable as they will last for years, reducing the necessity of buying another one for the next season. We have cardigans, sweaters and more knitwear, all handmade by communities in the Andes. We also have funky and colorful Andean fabric accessories.




What's on your mood board?

Nature inspiration and textures, birds, dream destinations and photos of my family who is back home.

What’s your creative space like?

My workshop/office is full of natural light, fabrics, yarn, plants and materials. It’s very inspiring place.

Tell us about a typical day for you, as a small business owner?

I wake up and do some sports, I eat a healthy brekkie and then to classes, I love learning so if nor in classes I am learning a new skill online. Sometimes I need to take photos, to create content or to prepare for a market. At night I cook with my partner, cooking is one of my passions and we love sharing that time together as we are always pretty busy.

Favourite TVM stall?

I love the Coconut Dream Candle & Co!

Favourite reads?

I’ve following Gennine Zlatkis for ages, she’s my favorite artist/ crafter. I also love Junkaholique and The Vista.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I always keep warm with some of my Alpaca garments and protect from the sun with an aussie Akubra J. I love the Kultcha Collective clothing.

What can we expect from from you for the remainder of 2016 and beyond?

I will design my own garments for next year and will weave some in organic cotton for summer. I’m developing the online shop and I’m planning on selling around the world so I can support more weavers back home.

Why TVM?

I’m new in the scene of markets so I was doing my research I found the TVM. I am an entrepreneur and loved the story of the founders, I felt inspired, everything looks so organized and beautiful. Definitively my style.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

It’s my first time so I’m very excited. I’ve seen the photos of the stalls, live music and people and I love the vibe it transmits. Can’t wait!

Connect with Once Upon an Artisan:

Find Once Up an Artisan at TVM this Sunday 3 July 2016 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School