Celia Gamboa Jiao
With a passion for design and an experience of more than 20 years, Celia Gamboa Jiao has since dabbled on several mediums with an objective of emanating logic, balance, honesty and purity in all her designs. This passion turned into a full-fledged business in 1994 called Kalikasan Crafts.
Kalikasan Crafts focused on producing holiday decorations using metal wire and fabric as its fundamental raw material. For the next 11 years, Celia was able to grow the business into an export company where they were consistently supplying retailers and wholesalers from Europe, United States and Asia.
Inspired by the malleability of the metal wires, the fabric material was eventually dropped from the formula in 2006. Celia then focused her efforts on developing possible methods of welding Galvanized Iron to make it withstand the structural stress and load of functional items. She then explored over-lapping numerous thin wires by using the spot welding machine, similar to how threads are weaved into a hand loom to create fabric. The result was a wire mesh that can tolerate a wide range of design requirements.
Minimal metal handling and seamless connections to retain the natural aesthetic qualities of this humble material is the trademark of her designs. With infinite possibilities and her love for this medium, Schema by Kalikasan Crafts was born.