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Cassandra
Cassandra Mayela (b. Caracas 1989) is a self-taught textile artist who has lived in NY since 2014 when she migrated from Venezuela. Her personal experiences as an immigrant and a woman of color have shaped the urgencies in her work. She is curious about clothing’s story-telling capacities and is particularly interested in how migration affects one’s identity and ideas of belonging. 

Through research, conversations, audience participation, and engaging with textiles and collected and found material, her work informs how fundamental changes in fabric can affect one’s perception of identity, highlighting new waves of empowerment. 

Mayela has been an artist in residency at Governor’s Island with NADA and at Amant Foundation and has a forthcoming fellowship at Succurro (October 2022).  Her work has been exhibited at Vacation Gallery (2019), La Salita (2020), Acompi/ NARS Foundation (2021), Olympia Gallery (2021), JO-HS (2022) and at NADA House 2022.  She has an upcoming solo show in CDMX with JO-HS Gallery opening on December 8th, 2022.

WHAT ABOUT ROUCHA RESONATES?

With Roucha pieces I can effortlessly create beautiful and interesting looks without compromising comfort.  The garments add a lot of style to my wardrobe and are easy to combine with other stuff I already have.  Also, the quality of the material and craftsmanship is insane. 

FAVORITE STYLES?

I'm obsessed with the pants. Especially the Diane Denim, I feel like an elegant badass in them and they're so easy to style up or down depending on my mood.  I also love the Pal Bowleg Pants because my boyfriend keeps stealing them hehe, I love having a wardrobe we can share.


PHOTOGRAPHY  Deniz Alaca
STYLING Julianna Alabado
THE CLOTHES