Crafts have become a powerful communication tool for Aguiñiga: "Having grown up in a place where trash is often used to construct houses, craft has provided me an outlet to create something that is functional while translating emotions into a three dimensional object," she says. 'The art objects I create were not merely aesthetic, but can be used on a daily basis as well, connecting me to a long tradition of artisans worldwide—which is how I began my craft education and career."  Los Angeles Designers at Milan Design Week by Diana Budds