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“Adopt a Pillow” Exhibit and Sale at Galería E/1 to Sell Zero-Carbon-Footprint Pillows


By Ezshwan Winding

Six years ago, Cynthia Hamilton left her long career as an art dealer in San Francisco and moved to San Miguel de Allende. She had been happily selling high-end art to wealthy clients for more than 18 years when she realized that she wanted to be part of something more heartfelt and beneficial to others.

Hamilton learned that the fashion business is the second largest polluter in our world after the oil industry. The damage to our planet is increasing as we demand ever-changing fashion styles, often at the cheapest prices possible.

Chemicals are one of the main components in our clothes and fabrics. They show up as pesticides applied to certain fabrics like cotton when they were plants. Some chemicals are there to dye the fabric or provide it with a certain texture. Not only do these chemicals pose a danger to the consumer but to the workers who helped make them possible: for example, the chemicals harm cotton farmers. They also create water pollution and soil degradation.

Many people are not aware their pillows and clothes contain toxins and are often made in unethical and unhygienic conditions.

“The more research I did, the more concerned I became,” said Hamilton.

She set out to do something about this and created the fair-trade business Once upon My Pillow.

Hamilton will be showing Once upon My Pillow creations, made by Mexican women Hamilton recruited and taught to sew and embroider to her designs using chemical-free cloth.

“I left my career to dedicate myself to this project. I live in San Miguel full-time and believe it is important to do my part to help Mexican mothers here. We not only teach a trade but also help them support themselves, one pillow at a time.”

For more than three years, she has devoted her time to training and employing Mexican women.

“I teach them to sew and create from my designs while using only upcycled natural materials, allowing them to work from home and support their families.

Every pillow we produce is ecofriendly and hand embroidered. Our pillows are made from natural, upcycled fabrics, all handwashed and dried in the Mexican sun. The results are not only unique but have a zero carbon footprint, as all the work is hand produced and sewn on treadle machines.”

On May 4 and 5, Hamilton invites you to see these one-of-a-kind creations. She encourages you to “adopt” a pillow. On her Facebook page, she sometimes refers to her customers’ purchases as pillows going to their “forever” home.

Every pillow that you adopt at this event will help the planet and the community, all while you gift your home with beauty you will enjoy year-round.


Trunk Show

“Adopt a Pillow” exhibit

Sat, May 4, 5–7pm

Sun, May 5, 11am–5pm

Galleria, E/1, Joaquin Piñeiro, Beatriz Cota,

Fábrica la Aurora


415 111 5434



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