Aja Smart

My name is Aja (pronounced Asia. She/Her) and I am the designer, owner and maker of Strand Texture established in 2019. I am a self taught Macrame artist and Weaver, and specialize in eclectic wall hangings that feature the highest quality eco-friendly and cruelty free fibers. Each piece is made by entirely by hand, and can take upwards of 25-30 hours for large scale works. I have owned Aja Smart Jewelry since 2005, but have put my primary focus on fiber art the last few years. It has become my form of expression that one could say is part meditation and part sharpening of the brain. I was born into an extremely artistic and creative family, which encouraged my background of theater, dance and other various mediums like painting, drawing, crocheting, sewing and more. I am truly inspired by beautiful interior design, nature, fashion and world art.Residing in Mill Valley, Ca. I live with my husband and son where we enjoy the outdoors, being with animals, planting and exploring.

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Materials/Techniques

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Strand Texture textile pieces are specially handmade using various macrame knots and weaving. Many works in the collection take an average of 5-10 hours, with large scale hangings upwards of 20-40 hours.

Sourcing materials that are high quality and easy on the planet is a top priority. All cotton cord and rope is made of eco-friendly recycled materials, with some also organic and certified toxic free. The main supplier is from female owned Ganxxet of Miami whose products are manufactured in Spain. Other fibers include natural wool, handspun yarns and silk. Wall hangings are strung onto wooden dowels or locally sourced handpicked driftwood.

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Testimonials

Wonderful feedback from my Customers

"I keep seeing your beautiful artwork, which is magnificent. We are thoroughly enjoying ours. Our daughter took her piece back to college and loves it. My friend loves hers too!"

L. Flaherty, Mill Valley , Ca

"It's perfect! I love, love, love my piece. Thank you so much."

B. Archilla, Seattle, Wa.

"Your beautiful wall hanging is so calming and I love looking at it in my room, especially after a stressful day."

R. Hornstein, San Francisco, Ca.